Concocting new vernacular strains has been Raekwon's forte since he, Ghostface Killah, and Cappadonna re-invented themselves as mafioso rap lords on Rae's 1995 solo debut, ONLY BUILT 4 CUBAN LINX. Now, Raekwon exercises poetic license calling his highly anticipated second release, IMMOBILARITY. In rap, standard definitions take on new lives, few things are meant to be taken literally. (Think Run-DMC's well-known line: "Not bad meaning bad but bad meaning good" and KRS-One's misuse of "unrational" instead of "irrational" from his closing couplet in 1987's "Poetry.") For Rae, "immobilizing" relates to his avoidance of career inertia, a more mature worldview and his workmanlike effort to flaunt "mad dangerous" lyrical styles. But considering the four years since Rae's last solo effort have been filled with rhyme collaborations with everyone from Outkast to R&B singer Mya, he seems far from falling off. On this effort, Rae doesn't disappoint, displaying improved drugs-and-thugs storytelling skills on "Live From New York," "Yae Yo," and "Casablanca." On hardcore boast frenzy, "Pop Shit" and "Sneakers," a fly footwear fetish rhyme, Rae's pit bull-aggressive delivery bowls listeners over like Jerome Bettis breaking a tackle. Yet there's a sensitive man behind the gold fronts, platinum tarantula pendant, Gucci gear, and barrel chest. On "All I Got Is You Pt. II," Rae bigs-up his mother in a sequel to Ghostface's heart-tugging Mama-love song of the same name from his IRONMAN (1997). And though Ghost, Cappadonna, and the RZA are conspicuously absent from this disc, Rae's underlings, the American Cream Team, and a new squad of producers like Tryflyn, Carlos Broady and Infinite Architects, provide some of the most compelling soundscapes since the RZA's recent beatmaking lapses. Rae is proof positive that the Wu still got that "marvelous shit that makes your mouth water."
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You already knew it would be da** near impossible to follow up his first classic LP with another classic but this was a great attempt. Rea had some good bangers on this album and the album as a whole has a good feel to it worth checking out especally for wu fans. And for those who are not wu fans even u would like about 2 or 3 tracks off of this album.
This is a difficult album to understand. For some people who are a Rae fan they would understand this album better than most. This is a sleeper a lot of magazines hated on this CD. But I understood from day one!