Back on Wu-ForEver site they re-pulish an article about the Rebel INS upcoming manifesto, the article actually got me thinking into providing a bit of my take. How does the Wu-Tang prime flower shine so much within the group yet so lost in the solo environment… here is my original answer:
You know when I think of the Rebel INS I expect a battle cat with a very guttery like story telling. Unfortuantely you are completely right, his highlights havent really pass to his solo projects. I mean I think of Inspectah on Cold World, talking about “I thought he was death but instead, he hit a 12 yr old girl in the head and then left”.
Or a big opener like Triumph “I bomb atomically, Socrates philosophies and high prophecies, can’t define it how I’ve been droppin’ this“. Just pure epic hiphop gold.
He is definitely a force of nature in his verse, the talent is there, but the inspiration and ability to create momentum goes kind of sour.
I remember Deck doing great collabo’s like the one with Gangstar “I leave scientist mentally scarce, triple extra large, sounds like rockstars who smash guitars“. However when I heard uncontrollable substance, revolution, it was just an angle more of talib kweli than an old shaolin soldier.
Mast Killa album in contrast could recreate the magic, the kung-fu flics, the 120 questions, the science and math was basically in place, and even if his albums was slept on, it was a classic in it’s own nature.
I think Deck need to come back to the shaolin soul, prove his own thoughts, and inspire the pain from the slums. Bring Tekitha, that girl build miracles. The project would be much powerful and gutterful and then you have a master works.