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Wu-Tang Collective
     

Wu-Tang Collective

by Wu-Tang Clan
 
As the Wu-Tang Clan began to expand their empire during the late '90s, a series of hodgepodge albums surfaced that jumbled mainstay clansmen alongside a bunch of questionable affiliates like Sunz of Man and Killarmy. These spotty releases -- namely the Wu-Chronicles series,

Overview

As the Wu-Tang Clan began to expand their empire during the late '90s, a series of hodgepodge albums surfaced that jumbled mainstay clansmen alongside a bunch of questionable affiliates like Sunz of Man and Killarmy. These spotty releases -- namely the Wu-Chronicles series, Wu-Syndicate, and The Swarm -- blurred the line between various-artists compilations and outright albums, and furthermore often billed RZA as executive producer when in fact they featured little of his actual productions and likewise often billed big-name Wu rappers when in fact they featured mostly no-name affiliates. All shadiness aside, this run of releases did include some great moments, several of which are compiled on Wu-Tang Collective, a 15-track British release by Music Club. Each of the genuine Wu members -- RZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, GZA, Masta Killa, U-God, Inspectah Deck, Method Man, and Ghostface Killah -- show up at least once, usually in support of the many Wu spin-offs as well as a few non-clansmen: tha Liks (alongside Ol' Dirty on "Hip Hop Drunkies"), Cocoa Brovaz (alongside Rae on "Black Trump"), and Big L (alongside Shyheim on "Furious Anger"). The roster of talent on Wu-Tang Collective is dizzying and diverse, no doubt. What's lacking, though, is RZA-quality production, which unfortunately is helmed rarely by the Wu Abbot himself, who was absolutely peerless during this era, as illustrated here by his late-album triptych: "'97 Mentality," "And Justice for All," and "Execute Them." The resulting sum is then just as hodgepodge as the previously released mishmashs it culled itself from, only more selective and thus preferable. Even if Wu-Tang Collective doesn't measure up to an authentic Wu album -- either group or solo -- it's still a relatively solid document of the Clan's ill-fated expansion efforts and has just enough standout moments to engage hungry fans who either missed or bypassed these recordings the first time around.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2003
Label:
Music Club Records
UPC:
5014797295162
catalogNumber:
516

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wu-Tang Clan   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Alan Bergman   Composer
R. Brown   Composer
R. Smith   Composer
M. Williams   Composer
T. Williams   Composer
Dennis Coles   Composer
Robert Diggs   Composer
Norris Cuffie   Composer
Desmond Wray   Composer
R. Filler   Composer
Antoine Le Grand   Composer
C. Smith   Composer
C. Woods   Composer
E. Turner   Composer
J.K. Hunter   Composer
L. Coleman   Composer
D. Harris   Composer
D. Hill   Composer
R. Jones   Composer
J-Ro   Composer
Clifford Smith   Composer
Thomas Frost   Composer

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