If any of you jabrone’s follow me on Twitter, you’re aware that I flood timelines whenever I get time alone with my iTunes. The other day I was listening to Wu-Tang Forever in my car, and, rather than force you to scroll through what would have probably been one-hundred-plus tweets, I decided to make a Twitter-esque post here on The Echo Chamber Blog including all of my thoughts, enjoyed quotables, and so on.
And here it is, track by track. Enjoy and feel free to share your opinion(s) in the comment section.
Skits usually don’t do it for me. Even when they have a message. This one gets forwarded through each time Forever gets played.
In The Wu-Tang Manual Rza states how Inspectah Deck is the best lead-off man, yet I don’t know if Genius could be topped here.
The bass line is filthy.
“For Heavens Sake”:
I suppose you could use the term “over-produced” to describe Rza’s production on Forever…if every last second of it wasn’t flawless.
“Poetry whirlpool.” -Cappadonna
“Cash Still Rules/Scary Hours”:
How long do you think Ghostface went on at the end of this track?
My homie Jibbs always loved this Method Man verse. It reminds me of our English class from freshman year of high school.
Deck kills his verse. His delivery trumps all on this song.
“Buggin’ over Bon Jovi hits.” -Ghostface
I’ve always wondered about the Thirstin Howl III reference that Ghost drops.
“As High As Wu-Tang Get”:
While I think Meth is a dope emcee, he’d definitely be at the bottom of the list if I was to rank all of Wu’s members.
“Are you my judge?”
Another perfect cut.
“I’m sick, my medicine is ‘can I walk with you?‘” is a favorite of mine. Cappadonna in his prime was something to be reckoned with. Sadly, none of his releases amounted to anything after he dropped The Pillage.
Five heavyweight verses.
For years I was obsessed with Ghostface, especially with his performance on Forever. Now, in retrospect, I think Deck steals the show. Who else can crystallize a rhyme?
That said, the end of “It’s Yourz” will forever amaze me. Just when you think the applause is signaling a close, Ghostface starts swinging out of nowhere. I”ve always thought the surprise appearance was brilliantly deceitful. Unfortunately, though, Wu has cut the song short whenever I’ve seen them perform it live. And my feelings are always hurt.
They even iced me with the video:
“Root Beer thoughts.” -Ghost
“It takes years for this, you Cat In the Hat-ass rappers.” -Rza
Even cats that don’t mess with Wu on the regular know this Rebel INS verse. Dumb hot.
“Explosion when my pen hits, tremendous.” -Deck
“You wanna think twice? I think not.” -Meth
At this time, Cap was one of my favorite emcees. He said too much dope shit not to love him.
Word to Titty Murphy.
“Take a free ride on my dart, I got the fashion.” -Cap
Masta Killa’s verse is incredible.
So many styles to be heard on just one song.
“I’ll unfasten ya’ wig.” -Ghost
Shout out to Rod Strickland.
Terrible solo career and awful guest appearances aside, I hate on U-God entirely too much. What he does on Forever should be enough for me to cut the man some slack in the present time.
This Ghostface verse is unbelievable. ”Photogenic. Tears just burst out my wig.”
“Little Ghetto Boys”:
One of the most potent lead-off verses Raekwon has ever spit.
What am I going to do when I grow up, and have to face responsibility?
This beat is disgusting.
“Spent the weekend programing fat tracks at Camp Crystal.” -Rza Voorhees
Was this Streetlife’s debut on a Wu record? If so, he couldn’t have done much better.
I wish Inspectah Deck’s solo albums were this good.
Writing about hip-hop really upsets the spell-check.
“Globs” is a pretty nasty word. Especially in this context. Regardless, Ghost’s verse is hotter than latex friction-burns.
“Bells Of War:”
After a song that features one of the most vulgar x-rated verses ever, Rza says the following in the track’s closing seconds:
“Yo, shorty, you don’t even gotta go to summer school this year. Pick up the Wu-Tang double-CD, and you’ll get all the education you need.”
Two songs later is “Dog Shit,” Dirt Dog’s solo cut.
Wu 101 should be mandatory in third grade.
Is that a gun bulging out of your sweatpants, or are you just happy to see me?
Grilled cheese gets nice. So many ways to flip it. I’ve never tried welfare cheese, though.
“Stankin’-ass ho’s.” -Meth
“Your shirt look like a dish-rag.”
“My flavor liver than adobo.” -Rae
This song > Babu’s Duck Season series
“We at odds ’til we even.” -Meth
‘Hellz Wind Staff”:
Getting Streetlife on Forever was a great move. That’s some solid rhymes right there.
“Yes, the rhythm, the rebel. Alone in my level, heat it up past the boiling point of metal.” -Deck
What you know about solder?
If Deck rhymed on his solo records even half as nice as he does on Forever, I would probably rep him as the best of all time. Dude is a wild animal on the mic.
Hopefully U-God got some play for penning this song.
Sorry, Tekitha. You get skipped.
For me, the album ends after Cappadonna’s verse in “Heaterz.”
“You gonna spread mathematics, spread it right.” -Raekwon
The Echo Chamber Blog knows the math.
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