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March 10, 2011

Raekwon, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang

Raekwon, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang Raekwon is back again with a new album, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang. Presented in a continuous mix (mixtape style), the raucous title track sets things off, appropriately starting with kung fu movie dialogue. Featured on the album are Wu-Tang regulars like Method Man on the excellent "Every Soldier in the Hood" and Inspectah Deck, who teams up with UK diva Estelle on "Chop Chop Ninja." To no one's surprise, Ghostface Killah appears on a number of tracks, effectively re-creating the chemistry witnessed on the classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, as well as their other memorable collaborations. Other featured guests include an overdue collaboration with Nas on "Rich and Black" and a surprisingly tame Busta Rhymes on "Crane Style." Jim Jones ("Rock N Roll"), Lloyd Banks ("Last Trip to Scotland") and The Bawse Rick Ross ("Molasses") all also contribute hot verses over RZA-less production. Enlisting a cadre of capable producers including Scram Jones, Mathematics, The Alchemist, and Evidence, Raekwon once again displays his poetic skills without missing a step.

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