Return of the Wu & Friends

Wu-Tang Clan

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Return of the Wu & Friends Review

by David Jeffries

Return of the Wu & Friends is another showcase for the Shaolin crew’s DJ and producer Mathematics, and falls right in line with his previous feature, 2007’s Unreleased. Pulled from the years 2000 to 2008, this one has the benefit of a couple more years of source material, but with a new radio show focusing on the crew, plus some prime productions just in the can, Mathematics was certainly on a Wu high as the album saw release. His work on opening cuts “Clap 2010” and “Respect 2010” tops anything on Unreleased and unexpectedly, second-line member Masta Killa delivers one of the key tracks with “It’s What It Is”, a powerful mix of bright horns, karate movie samples, and high-kickin’ lyrics that “leave you with a mouth full of murder sauce”. Shame the unearthed verse from the late ODB is not up the usual nuttiness and the prime material is mostly frontloaded, making the second-half of the disc noticeably less exciting. Still, as fringe collections go, it is worthwhile, especially for fans of Mathematics. Just don’t be surprised when the faithful turn against the set: they already have too many “pretty good” comps to choose from.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Wu-Tang Clan 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
2 Wu-Tang Clan 03:41 SpotifyAmazon
3 Wu-Tang Clan feat: Masta Killa 03:21 SpotifyAmazon
4 Wu-Tang Clan 04:05 SpotifyAmazon
5 Wu-Tang Clan 02:13 SpotifyAmazon
6 Wu-Tang Clan 04:00 SpotifyAmazon
7 Wu-Tang Clan feat: Method Man 03:15 SpotifyAmazon
8 Wu-Tang Clan feat: Raekwon 03:45 SpotifyAmazon
9 Wu-Tang Clan 03:37 SpotifyAmazon
10 Wu-Tang Clan feat: Masta Killa 03:43 SpotifyAmazon
11 Wu-Tang Clan feat: Masta Killa 04:57 SpotifyAmazon
12 Wu-Tang Clan 03:53 SpotifyAmazon
13 Wu-Tang Clan feat: Mathematics 04:29 SpotifyAmazon
14 Wu-Tang Clan 02:45 SpotifyAmazon
15 Wu-Tang Clan 04:32 SpotifyAmazon
16 Wu-Tang Clan 04:25 SpotifyAmazon
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