The Wu-Tang Clan is back! Well, mostly. Released to promote RZA‘s upcoming The Man With The Iron Fists film and soundtrack, “Six Degrees Of Boxing” assembles six merry Clansters over a vintage stripped-down production. (Vocal absentees include Method Man, Raekwon and RZA himself, while quasi-Wu-Tanger Cappadonna crashes the party.) The song’s available to stream ahead of the flick’s November 2nd release date. But how do the Wu’s various lyrical warriors perform on the track? Let Hive rank ‘em for you.
Hopefully not recorded after a private preview of The Man With The Iron Fists, GZA’s verse is a total snooze-fest — as in he actually sounds like he’s about to slip into sleep at any moment. Brings a whole new meaning to ‘old man rap.’
A mixed, if enthusiastic bag of lyrics from Cappa, who spits with his usual energy but talks about keeping “Ignorant n*ggas from me/ Use dummies for shield” while also ragging on “gaylords.” Oh Cappa, you contrarian!
4. Masta Killa
Master Killa’s sounding fleeter than ever with his flow, but his verse is strangely devoid of quotables.
Straight-up street pharmaceutical raps from Starks, who sparks his verse with a reference to “eight-balls of coke” and goes on to recall his days of hiding crack inside tennis balls. A nicely amped return to the fold for Ghost.
Sterling stuff from Golden Arms, who brags about using Timberlands as his “shower slippers” and does his contractual duty by dropping a reference to RZA’s upcoming film project. A worthy silver medal for the Universal God.
1. Inspectah Deck
One-upping Ghost’s crack raps, Deck invokes drug imagery to big up his rapping proficiency. “Deal with the dealer, don’t trust the transporter/ My job is done when I get to the border,” he raps, before switching into talk comparing his rhymes to a “hyperdermic needle to the groove.” He also includes a canny reference to Raekwon’s classic verse on “C.R.E.A.M.”