Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan and Sheek Louch of D-Block have joined forces to form Wu-Block. Wu-Block is also the title of the full-length album that features guest verses from members of Ghost and Sheek’s respective crews.
Wu-Block opens with ‘Crack Spot Stories’, a laid back ‘70’s-sounding song that features Raekwon the Chef and the MVP of D-Block, Jadakiss. Each emcee shares a story from their crack selling days on the album intro and Ghostface Killah steals the show. “Crumbs hitting the floor, fiends clicking their Bic lighters/With Garfield eyeballs, pulling them all-nighters,” Ghost raps.
The crime rhymes continue on a song called ‘Cocaine Central’. Sheek Louch warns of crimes vicious cycle and its effects on the next generation, “Shooters indeed, jail system taught him to read/Streets taught him how to kill, wolves taught him to feed/Just like everything you learn you’re gon teach to your seed,” Louch raps.
‘Take Notice’ is easily the albums worst song. Produced by Jon Woo, the beat is a bad mix of 1980’s video game music and early 90’s West Coast Gangsta rap. The rhymes aren’t much better as Sheek spits lines like, “Nancy Reagan making shots for us/TMZ said they saw us.”
Thankfully ‘Drivin’ ‘Round’ is up next. The mellow track features Wu-Tang Clan members GZA and Masta Killa along with songstress Erykah Badu. Oddly Ghostface is not on the song. The beat is right up his alley, but Sheek, GZA, and Masta Killa hold it down properly. “These street corners just overcrowded saunas/Biggest losers drop weight, sweating from the trauma,” GZA rapped.
‘Different Time Zones’ is the albums best song. The Frank Dukes produced track finds Ghost, Sheek, and Inspectah Deck rhyming over thumping drums and angelic singing. Inspectah Deck, typically bats lead off but on ‘Different Time Zones’ he’s batting clean-up and knocks it out the park. “I’m doing my thing, how I’m repping, they salute king/And they don’t even know I’m Wu-Tang,” Deck raps.
Wu-Block suffers from a fistful of yawn inducing tracks. The subject matter doesn’t change much and a couple of the beats are forgettable. Lyrically, Ghostface delivers as always and Sheek holds his own alongside lyrical giants. The album isn’t bogged down with random wack guest appearances; in fact they’re all dope. When your crew consists of Method Man, Raekwon, Styles P, and Jadakiss you’re at risk of sounding wack on your own track—that’s a good thing. The beats are what hurts Wu-Block in some segments. Mostly unknown producers contributed to the album and for the most part they did a great job, but a little involvement from RZA and Swizz Beatz would have been nice.
Wu-Block is Watch the Throne for the streets. Ghostface and Sheek Louch feed fans exactly what they want on this joint album. If you like hardcore rhymes sprinkled with street parables then Wu-Block is for you.
Purchase – Wu-Block