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Wu-Tang Clan, mixed by Mathematics: Return of the Wu

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Will the combination of kung fu dialogue, soul samples, and first-rate, fast-as-you-can spitting ever get old? To the fans of Wu-Tang Clan, probably not, which is why the crew's music has surely been repackaged and reimagined as much as that of any other rap act. With the last proper album two years in the rearview, longtime producer Mathematics aims to tide folks over with Return of the Wu, a collection of rarities, favorites, remixes and some new stuff. The disc starts slow and the songs with RZA tend to stall (one wishes he would retire from rapping altogether), but in between the mix delivers serious heat. "All Flowers" – featuring Raekwon, Method Man, Ghostface, Inspectah Deck and Ice da Don (whoever the hell that is) – and Method Man's "John 3:16" are particularly memorable. There's nothing especially unique or different here, however, just more solid Wu product for those who can't get enough. 4 out of 5 stars.

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