Wu-Tang Clan – Necklace (Warner Bros.)
With a new album due to drop next week Andy Carrington reviews the latest single to drop off the Wu-Tang Clan album.
‘Necklace’ returns to the dark, visionary sound of early ’90s Wu, paying tribute to one of the staples of old school Hip-Hop: big, gold chains. I was disappointed when I heard the first single ‘Keep Watch’ a few months back; prior to the sixth album, A Better Tomorrow, being released later this year, but this track is more encouraging.
RZA crafts an errie, cinematic mood with a number of intriguing samples. The vintage “Brother/ I think that necklace/ is causing you too much trouble” repeats on the hook; the steady-paced beat lingers and stalks its emcees, and they don’t hesitate to exercise their lyricism.
The production particularly compliments GZA and his clever, tiger-style delivery. ‘Necklace’ also features the return of Raekwon, since his public fallout with RZA. His delivery is urgent, it’s in your face:
“This the real thing/ big bling/ the chain swing
Try to swipe mines/ that’s a no no/ the God’s loco
Jury truckin’/ fancy spend stacks upon Delancey
Exhaust pipes coffin horse kicks.”
Cappadonna’s also on form; Ghostface’s anguished vocal style demands attention (as it usual does).
This is a nice track, and hopefully we’ll get to hear more like this when A Better Tomorrow drops, December 2nd.
Full track listing for the album is given below:
- 1. ‘Ruckus in B Minor’
- 2. ‘Felt’
- 3. ’40th Street Black’ / ‘We Will Fight’
- 4. ‘Mistaken Identity’
- 5. ‘Hold the Heater’
- 6. ‘Crushed Egos’
- 7. ‘Keep Watch’
- 8. ‘Miracle’
- 9. ‘Preacher’s Daughter’
- 10. ‘Pioneer the Frontier’
- 11. ‘Necklace’
- 12. ‘Ron O’Neal’
- 13. ‘A Better Tomorrow’
- 14. ‘Never Let Go’
- 15. ‘Wu-Tang Reunion’