Some red flags for me when it comes to hip hop records:
- An intro where it's just the dude talking, explaining to you what you're about to hear, what you can expect, and what to prepare yourself for. "This album right here..." Rarely a good sign.
- A sophomore album that took three years and only has ten songs.
- Songs titled "Shake Dat."
- The words "featuring Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat."
Hard to say what happened to Cappa between The Pillage and this one. I do know this: if the Wu guys have had one proven weakness, it's believing their own hype. It usually leads to delusional hubris, a diminished view of the RZA's role in their career, and the egregious misconception that they're continuing to change the game when they're cranking out songs called "Love is the Message."
After his debut, I was ready to go to the wall for Don-Don, but come on. Da fucking Brat raps on this. RZA's nowhere to be found. The beats have fallen off. And who the hell is Jammie (sic) Sommers?
Ghost, Rae, Killah Priest, Timbo King, and Shyheim try to save it, and there's some moments, but in the end, this is Cappadonna's Tical 0.
That'll make sense to some of you.