Is the song Kung Fu Fighting racist
Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting
It all started in the early 90s with a brilliant idea. The rappers GZA, OBD and RZA did not manage to get started with their music on their own. Then come up with a new concept. You gather friends from the hip-hop scene around you. All rappers, MCs or sprayers. Instead of performing individually, they band together. Everyone contributes - beats, raps or artwork. The Wu Tang Clan is born. Together they produce music. Classic hip-hop to be precise. But with a few twists. Hard, experimental break beats, strangely humorous texts and samples from Chinese Kung-Fu films become her trademark.
Straight from the 90s
The year is now 2017. The Wu Tang Clan is still around and the boys are still making music together. With “The Saga Continues” they are releasing a new album - meanwhile their seventh.
Old school flair meets modernity
I put the record in the CD player and hit play. Fanfares sound. Kung-Fu film dialogs with beats. Then rap. Classic Wu Tang. This impression persists on the rest of the songs as well. The Wu Tang Clan delivers what it delivered in the 90s. Dirty rap, lovingly crafted beats and strange samples. Formerly progressive, now old school.
In addition to Nineties Vibes, the album also offers a few innovations. In “My Only One” classic rap is broken up and R’n’B elements are added. For this, Steven Latorre lends his voice to the clan. Mzee Jones also provides R’n’B flair in the chorus of “G’d up”. In "Why Why Why" all testosterone is sometimes contrasted with a feminine component. "Why Why Why" sounds high soul vocals in the chorus. And there is also room for a female MC with Swnkah in the song.
Sicker Beat Bro
This time the whole thing was produced by Method Man. RZA used to be the producer and head of the clan. He mostly relied on rudimentary old-school recording technology. However, he has now felt too far removed from the current hip-hop scene. That's why he let Method Man on the turntables. He took the chance and lived out his own style. In addition to old recording technology, he also uses the entire repertoire of modern music technology. He makes progressive beats. Creative and playful, but still kind of old school.
Wu Tang Great Again
The last album of the Wu Tang Clan was heavily criticized. It somehow didn't sound real. Commerce hung above all else. With "The Saga Continues" they go back to their roots. At the same time they try out a few new things. The result is an interesting and versatile rap album that should appeal to established Wu Tang Clan fans as well as progressive hip-hoppers.
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