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Man with the Iron Fists [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
     

The Man with the Iron Fists [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by RZA
 

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Offered the opportunity to direct a karate flick -- and with all the freedom, funding, and flash that an executive producer like Quentin Tarantino would allow -- Wu-Tang leader and kung-fu fanatic RZA must have been like a kid in a candy store. Still, the soundtrack to his directorial debut is classic, restrained RZA, as sneaky,

Overview

Offered the opportunity to direct a karate flick -- and with all the freedom, funding, and flash that an executive producer like Quentin Tarantino would allow -- Wu-Tang leader and kung-fu fanatic RZA must have been like a kid in a candy store. Still, the soundtrack to his directorial debut is classic, restrained RZA, as sneaky, restrained, and cool as the Wu when Bobby Digital first landed. After a rap-rock opener that's James Bond big with RZA and the Black Keys reuniting after their collaboration on the Blakroc album, this soundtrack gives up highlights that resist gimmicks or going over the top, with fellow Wu man Ghostface Killah leading M.O.P. and Pharoahe Monch down the darkest of alleyways ("Black Out") while RZA and Kanye West co-produce the latter's "White Dress," a sassy soul strut that suggests what 808s & Heartbreak would have sounded like had it been released by Stones Throw. Even more surprising is how the deceptively small "Get Your Way (Sex Is a Weapon)" from Idle Warship (Talib Kweli and RES) rises to the top like one of the best cuts off an old Lyricist Lounge comp, and when Corinne Bailey Rae delivers the deepest of blues on the standout "Chains," it's RZA the compiler at his best, dropping a surprisingly successful cut in the fourth quarter, between futuristic B-movie sounds ("Just Blowin' in the Wind" by RZA and Flatbush Zombies) and a slithering bit of murder music ("Tick, Tock" from Pusha T, Joell Ortiz, Danny Brown, and the Wu's Raekwon). Add some classic Stax sounds ("Your Good Thing Is About to End" from Mable John, as reserved and wicked as Uma Thurman's Kill Bill character), Ghostface, Wiz Khalifa, and Boy Jones in RZA's warped and wonderful vision of an end title track ("I Go Hard"), and the massive punch of "Built for This" with Method Man, Freddie Gibbs, and Streetlife, and this soundtrack stands tall in the man's wide-reaching discography, offering fans a Wu-flavored vision of a world where both the damned and cursed still swagger.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2012
Label:
Soul Temple
UPC:
0819376010120
catalogNumber:
101

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

RZA   Primary Artist,Musician
Howard Drossin   Musician
Josh Werner   Bass
Gintas Janusonis   Drums,Background Vocals
Ben Zwerin   Bass
Tarrah Reynolds   Violin
Geoff Countryman   Saxophone
Corinne Bailey Rae   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,spanish guitar
Tre Williams   Vocals
Jared Tankel   Baritone Saxophone
Wes Mingus   Bass,Guitar
Revelations   Musician
Pablo Vergara   Keyboards
Joe Ancowitz   Trumpet
Meah Pace   Background Vocals
Freddy Deboe   Tenor Saxophone
Nadav Nirenberg   Trombone
Steven James Brown   Organ,Bass,Piano,Drums,Background Vocals
iFresh Beats   Vocals
Billy Aukstik   Trumpet
Alexander Sowinski   Drums
BadBadNotGood   Musician
Chester Hansen   Bass
Adam Feeney   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Vibes
Matthew Tavares   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

William Bell   Composer
S1   Producer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
RZA   Producer,Executive Producer
Paul Grosso   Artwork
Bob Perry   Producer
Marc Abraham   Executive Producer
Quentin Tarantino   Executive Producer
Greg Hayes   Engineer
Kanye West   Producer
Shane "Sureshot" Hunt   Producer
Fizzy Womack   Producer,Vocal Producer
Black Keys   Producer
Boogz   Additional Production
Arnold Mischkulnig   Arranger,Engineer,Additional Production
Corinne Bailey Rae   Producer
Noah Goldstein   Engineer
Jeff Rameau   Engineer
Frank Dukes   Producer
Eli Roth   Executive Producer
Eric Newman   Executive Producer
Trú James   Engineer
Tapez   Additional Production
Steven James Brown   Producer
BadBadNotGood   Producer
Gao Shan Qing   Composer

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