Wednesday, August 1, 2012

U-God's Resume #54, "Soul Power (Black Jungle)"

--Official Stats--
Artist: Wu-Tang Clan featuring Flava Flav
Song: "Soul Power (Black Jungle)

Producer: RZA
Album: Iron Flag

Release Date: December 18, 2001

HO-LY-SHIT. What a way to start Iron Flag - with the Flava Flav song. I know he's somehow related to someone in the Clan, but keep him off Wu Tang tracks. In fact, keep EVERYONE off. Wu Clan Only.

I like Flava Flav a lot. In fact, I think Public Enemy is a million times better because of him. But the Wu doesn't need a hypeman. They had ODB, but he was way more than a hypeman, he was one of the best MCs ever. Flava Flav is not...he is pure hypeman.

I already know that this song is torture and I hate it. But let's listen to it anyway. Why not?

"Soul Power (Black Jungle)"

We're greeted with a TERRIBLE BEAT, and I mean pure garbage with absolutely no redeeming quality. Then we have Flava's distict voice coming in loud with "Two thousand and two". So dissapointing. Then he says it like a hundred times. I get it: 2002! 2002! We'll all remember what year this piece of shit fell out of the Clan. This song is the opposite of everything that I love about the Clan. Maybe the lyrics will save it, right. Let's look past the beat and the Flav and check the content, son.

Flava Flav - Intro: Appalingly distracting.
Raekwon - talking over the intro: indistingusihable from the background noise.
Raekwon - first voice: Doesn't say anything worth listening to.

It's soul power! (Two thousand and two!)
Soul power! (You know how we do!)
Soul power! (For you and your crew!)
Soul power! (Representin Wu!)
Soul power! (You know how we do!)
Soul power! (Two thousand and two!)
Soul power! (For you and your crew!)
Soul power! (Representin Wu!)

WHAT THE FUCK? Who in the fuck wrote that shit? FUCK! Who thinks that U-God repeating the same two words over and over makes a good chorus? Raise your stank hand! Apparently someone does becasue it keeps happening. Again and again? FUCK! Listen, first of all that's a lazy ass chorus. It's a waste of EVERYONE'S LIFE. Second, the Wu has already done the "repeat one of U-God's words" chorus a bunch of times. It's not played out becasue it never had play - it SUCKS HARD.

Seriously, a BULLSHIT chorus with amateur elementary raps over a festering shit beat? WHERE IN THE FUCK IS THE WU THAT I SIGNED UP FOR?

Well, Masta Killa is next and that guy has the talent to turn this trashit around. That's right, I combined Trash and Shit into one word. Fuck it! Nobody cares anyway.

Masta Killa - Verse Two: Thank God, a good verse. Masta Killa, I owe you one. You deserve better than this beat.
Ghostface - Verse Three: Just a normal verse, which is kind of amazing considering how bad this beat is.
U-GOD - Verse Four: (We'll look up the lyrics later). So how did our boy do (if you ignore him fucking the chorus up)? THE BOY KILLED IT. Yo. That's a dope verse. The best of the song! And It's a long one! So this is the fucking song that U decides to bring a hot verse. Fuck, it's a mixed up world. Fuck it.

"Line Cadillacs to blocks, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx
Jukebox records, flatfooted cops
Get automatic systematic jumpin in your socks
Mama's apple pie in the park hopscotch
Reunited on the radio, Wu-Tang superb
In the sprinklers girls double-dutchin on the curb
Sinatra, the pop the Jackson 5 recordings
Uptown Saturday, "Cotton Came to Harlem"
Ringmaster circus was, Bailey and Barnum
Crack a Coca-Cola, summer heat was my boredom
Dr. J before Jordan, Al Green on the organ
When Rerun did the dance, the whole world saw him
The blackout fears, Foxxy Brown, Pam Grier
Ford motor gear, your life and times queer
"Smokey the Bear", Burt Reynolds gray hair
Throw 'em some gems, throw up your fists and say yeah, it's"

METHOD MAN / FLAVA FLAV- outro: BULLSHIT. They're family. Reunited. So sweet. Vomit. I hate this so much. Hate. Dispise. Vomit.

IN CONCLUSION: Flaaavaaa Flaaaaaaav ruinnnnnnned thissssss ssoonnnnnnng. So did RZA. I say skip it forever. Maybe pull out U's verse and Masta Killa's verse, and maybe Ghost and put it on a good beat and forget that chorus and then you'd have something. Otherwisee, U-God's journey into Iron Flag territory is off to a bad start, and it's not even his fault.
Track Score: 2/10
U-God’s Score: 7/10
Impact on Rep (+,-,=): Ruins. Nobody could love this song, not even it's mother.

Next Week: Iron Flag rolls on with the last Wu song with parentheses in the title: "Uzi (Pinky Ring)". I hope it's better than this shit (it is).

About this series: “U-God’s Resume" is a series of posts which looks at each line of U-God’s entire career to determine if his status as ‘wack’ is justified (as labeled by internet morons). I think it is not. U-God is dope. We'll prove it. Leave it to the Tort Team.

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