Wednesday, August 15, 2012

U-God's Resume #55, "Uzi (Pinky Ring)"

--Official Stats--
Artist: Wu-Tang Clan
Song: "Uzi (Pinky Ring)"
Producer: RZA
Album: Iron Flag

Release Date: December 18, 2001{intro}

Hey now! This song isn't so bad! I remember it. Plus I remember that it had a video. So you know what that means? This is a VIDEO REVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Uzi (Pinky Ring)"

I guess I should start by saying that this is the first single off of the album, it's produced by the RZA, and it has a verse from every member of the Clan except for Cappadonna (who was in time-out for this album). The beat is pretty good. I mean, it's not vintage Wu (becasue it's got that polished sound that nobody wants to hear), but it's still a good beat. Plus the chours is okay!

Let's get it!

U-God starts us off talking over the intro:

"Yo...yeah. Don't erase none of that good shit in the beginning. Yo.. spill drinks on ya, get stank on ya. Yo.. yo.. pinky ring shit, yo. That pinky ring shit yo."

Then things improve greatly as the song jumps right into a verse. But in the video we're treated to embarassment as a shitty looking CGI bee flys around looking all cheap ass. Here we go again with something wack, the Wu just can't seem to get their shit 100% together.

High Tech Shit.

U kicks off the track with the first verse, and it's good:

"It's that pinky ring shit, the legend of masked kid
Shoot out the speakers when my guns get jurassic
Superbad, who am I? Dolemite classic
The vandal's back, hands on Angela Bassett
I handle my plastic, gunplay I mastered
No coke, dope mixed down with acid on record
Broken down and crafted in seconds
Lady's choice, the golden voice still peppered
Better, respect it, bitch believe
I pull rabbits out the hat, tricks up my sleeves
I air out the showroom, the shit can breathe
Fix your weave, behold my expertise"

What was the budget for this tin foil and marker sign? A MILLION WU DOLLARS?

Things are sounding so right. The "Guns get Jurassic" line is the shit. Shout to U. This is his second appearance on Iron Flag, and his second good verse. He's at 100% dopeness. But, yo, why is the video so wack? Another "club" video? Didn't the Wu just do that with that "Jump Off" bullshit? Plus, Wu music isn't exactly club music, right? It's introspective deep shit. Whatev. So U spits in his winter wear (hat and coat) surrounded by two ladies. Okay.

Somebody call a dentist.

Seriously, this video is just normal and boring AND CHEAP. So the CGI bee that nobody wants to see is back as the average chorus kicks in:

"I got my uzi back -- you dudes is wack, face it the Wu is back"

Was the uzi gone at some point? What do they mean by Uzi? Are they really rapping back with wack and back again? Ehhhh?

HAHhaa! Video art courtesy of Mrs. Dewey's second grade class.
Good old Raekwon is next. His verse is good too. But yo! Where did the money go for this video? Seriously. Rae is also with two ladies in the cheapest set I've ever seen.

It looks great. Nice job, set department.
Next we get the chorus again, then Ghost comes in. Because, of course, would RZA ever not put Rae and Ghost together? No. Apparently there is no other way to order the MCs. Lame. 

Poor Ghost. Mr. Killah, you're too good for this low budget shit. Especially when you bring one of the better verses of the song. Plus, shout to the RZA for the nice change up in the beat. If you close your eyes so you don't see the cheap ass videy, and just listen to the verse, the pain goes away. Weird.

The tradition of Wu-Violence against Women continues.

Ghost spits in a shitty looking "rich guy" apartment with "framed art" and everything. Also, two ladies, AGAIN. I guess it's the theme of the video. "Everyone will have two ladies and it will be great" - The Director.

Plus we get a new twist on the whole "Wu Tang Clan treats women poorly" routine, with Ghost pushing a dancer out of the way by the head (U-God is usually the one beating on the ladies, but the whole clan can do it too). Now all we need is RZA to give the finger and this will be a completely normal Wu video (lame).
Is this your card?
Chorus again. Then RZA stops in to drop science nonsense. But he doesn't get a cheap ass intro sign. Why not? Actually, the verse is fire and so is the segment in the video. Yo. When RZA calls out the playing cards and tosses them in the video, it was over. RZA wins (even though he only has one lady in his cheap ass looking office). 
Then, unbelieveably, things get even better (with the song anyway, the video is still cheap as hell), as Method Mad jumps in over a major change up on the beat and successfully follows RZA's dope verse.

Mad different methods to the way we make the nameplates
Things are very different for Method's segment. He gets a ton of ladies and a set that looks okay. I see who the star is. Plus, his verse is nice with that "same advice that I gave my wife...". Everyone is bringing their "A" game. And a quick calculation tells me that the last three guys are three of my favorites in the clan: Deck, GZA, and Masta Killa.

So Deck is next and of course gets the cheap ass sign treatment too:

Yep. It looks like shit, put it in the video

Deck get's to spit on another generic set, this time it's in a women's boxing gym. Neat. I've only seen that a hundred times before. But at least his verse is on the same level as everyone else - which is good.
Yeah, it is a women's gym, so what?
Hold up, Deck's lines are so good, as usual, that I have to call one of the out:"Creepin' through the states on V8's and 12's / My weight is held, fuck with me then brace yourself"
Masta Killa is next and he somehow escapes humiliation and doesn't get a cheap ass sign. His verse is fire from the first line: "This is grown man talkin, coward I split your head..."

Masta Killa's set: cardboard + 1 Lady

Fuck, Masta Killa is the best. His closing line is supreme:"Floatin' on the 95, sting like a killa bee / your hands can't hit what your eyes cant see..."

Then we have GZA to wrap it up...

You can see the fucking lines from the Sharpie.
Now, GZA does his thing and spits a well crafted verse. But I have to ask: what in the fuck happened to the GZA? He doesn't sound like one of the Clan. He doesn't have any energy, his verse sounds like it was recorded hundreds of miles away from everyone else, and he just is lacking. This was my favorite MC ever. Liquid Swords is my shit. This is not the guy from Liquid Swords. The shit sounds so forced, like he forgot how to spit raw and have fun. It's like he lost his heart. Wizard of Oz shit. 

I don't want to blast the GZA or his master status, but shit. I gotta call it how I see it.

IN CONCLUSION: What a cheap ass video. Crap. Garbage. Everyone delivers a good verse and despite having to deal with a cheap ass video. Skip the video, spin the song. Done. Oh, Masta Killa won best verse.

Track Score: 8/10 
U-God’s Score: 7/10
Impact on Rep (+,-,=): Improves


Next Week: On to the next one. Iron Flag's next U-God joint "One of These Days". I seem to remember that it's a good track too! Tune in!

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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