Building With The God…

ob4cl2 invite

Getting this invite sent to me was like getting my birthday present exactly one month before my new year.

I’m an unabashed Wu stan and we all know that.

It’s prA’li my dream to be buried with my purple tape.

So it’s no big deal that I super stan out extra hardbody for Raekwon and Ghostface. These are the dudes that were my age and saw some of the same things that I saw. They described them in a way that my mind’s eye could immediately register. The Wu-Tang Clan was my escapist cinema soundtrack.

Enter The 36 Chambers – This was me and my dudes staying out late going to see karate movies on the Deuce in rundown pissy sensimile smokefilled theatres. Shaolin Avengers, Flying Guillotine and anything from the Shaw brothers. The Deuce was the livest shit I had never seen. people were fighting and pulling out guns and trampling each other. And when I snuck back out to 42nd Street the following weekend to the chagrin of my dad I found out that they were doing the same shit all over again. I was transformed. Hail Meg!

Return of The 36 Chambers – Ol’ Dirty Bastard is the one Wu member that I connected to the most. He was the most spiritual dude ever in rap music. I think he contained a part of every Clan member in his persona. Dirty would get wild. Dirty would get crazy. Dirty was filled with love even for people that didn’t love him or understand him. Dirty had compassion for humanity. Fuck that, Dirty was a Black man. This chamber is my Blaxploitation period. The movie this album describes is Coonskin.

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx – This was the greatest album I had ever heard. From the rhymes to the beats to the song interludes there was never an album in Hip-Hop that did the shit the purple tape did. Albums were only filled with songs. This album was filled with stories. The interludes offered narration to bridge the chamber’s chapters. The new album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 is great, but nothing can duplicate this album in my life. The words and music were pulled right up off the concrete on the streets. Those were my dreams to have remarkable cream. They still are. Word to ThunderCracker. Rest in power.

On the rooftop of his record label’s Manhattan offices, Raekwon the Chef spit some of his Wu classics and some of the new hot shit from the Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 project.

As the sun was setting for the evening the sky in the background became purple.

I think that was Ol’ Dirty blessing this project that appears to be re-uniting the Wu.

Wu-Tang is 4ever.


RAEKWON – ONLY BUILT 4 CUBAN LINX 2 PROMO CONCERT from dallas penn on Vimeo.

8 Responses to “Building With The God…”

  1. J-Mass says:

    “The words and music were pulled right up off the concrete on the streets.”

    Perfection is rare, but there it is.

  2. Che Guerrilla says:

    Last night was probably the best industry event I ever went to. Wu Tang changed my life. For once I didn’t go just for an Obama. I only purchased 1 album this year which was Blitz joint (Go cop that). Rae’s joint will be my second of the year.

  3. Polotron says:

    Um Dallas, holla if you get the +’s w/ that.

    It’s that or I’ll have to find Dello…

  4. atifl says:

    further proof as to why rae is one of the best to ever do it. its a shame he isnt mentioned when it comes to greatest mc’s. i’ll defintely be copping OBCL2.

  5. Tony Grands says:

    DP whattup!

    I have this old Killa Beez Wu-Wear t-shirt that only matches the construction timbs. I may have to break it out tonight.

    I like Rae’s work aesthetic towards this album. He’s not just waiting for a Nets buzz; taking the bull by the horns, doing interviews, making appearances, etc. I’ll definitely be picking up this album.

    Lol @ ODB=Artest! Co-sign.

  6. gstatty says:

    man i am one jealous muhfucka, but i am happy at least someone was there to bear witness, were you able to take some vids, or was that all combat jack? seeing that purple tape reminds me of back in the day playing gfk’s daytona 500 over and over and playing shook ones on repeat from when i rocked my old school walkman, these ipod playing children will never know the ledge, peace penn!

  7. JP says:

    Enter the 36 chambers accompanied me to the long ride to school many a morning. I still get hype when hear Protect Ya Neck or Method Man come on on the iphone.

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