The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week's Rapper: DeVille
This Week's Subject: Underappreciated picks from Wu-Tang's catalogue
Next Thursday, the mighty Wu-Tang Clan -- or, as Southern rap fans know them, New York's Geto Boys -- will attempt to Kung-Fu the shit out of the House of Blues. In preparation, we called on rapper DeVille, unofficial Wu-Tang scholar, to give us the five most underappreciated songs from Wu-Tang's songagraphy. He's done so admirably (the only omission we truly lament is RZA's "Grits"). Picks and videos below.
5. "As High As Wu-Tang Get" from Wu-Tang Forever (1997)
When I first heard this song it was an instant favorite. ODB's drunken voice on the hook was just perfect for the beat. He starts off with, "You bitch ass niggas!" It was just vintage Wu, and you can NEVER go wrong with bars from GZA and Meth.
4. "Mighty Healthy" from Ghostface Killah's Supreme Clientele (2000)
Supreme Clientele is arguably Ghost's best album; it's full of incredible music, which is why any song that didn't get released as a single could qualify as underappreciated. "Mighty Healthy" was one of my favorite tracks though, because the bells made it sound like a haunted lullaby over the drum sample from "Nobody Beats the Biz".
3. "Judgement Day" from Method Man's Tical 2000 (1998)
Tical 2000 was the sequel to his debut album and Method was showing people he still had the same rawness he came into the game with. At the same time, he was trying to advance his sound but alot of people just missed it. The entire album got slept on in my opinion but "Judgement Day" got released as a single so that makes it the most underappreciated from that album.
2. "The Juks" from Ghostface's Bulletproof Wallets (2001)
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One man. Two words. The Alchemist! He murdered the production on this joint. I loved this song so much I actually did a freestyle called "Still Here" to it on my Fame Conversation mixtape.
1. "Verbal Intercourse" - Raekwon's Only Built for Cuban Linx (1995)
I don't think this song is underappreciated by those who know and love Wu-Tang but I do think it's overlooked by hip-hop fans overall. Nas dropped one of his best verses over what I consider one of the best samples of the 90's. It's easily my favorite from that album.