Hello, readers. In celebration of a sleepless night, day one of possibly being snowed in, without any foreseeable work options in the foreseeable future, on the first day of 2013, let’s take a look at that goddamn awful year 2012, and pick out some music that was better than Skillrex or that teenybopper shit. In 2008, I was the world’s foremost expert on new albums – or at the least, I was crazy enough to hear over 700 of them – but this time, time and interest was not on my side, so I went the more subdued route. No hipster indie crap, no poking through hype-maker blogs, just my favorite bands and some extras. Here’s a hint of what the tracklist will look like:
Nearly 20 years ago, when a group of rappers put together a love letter to kung fu movies and one of the definitive hip hop albums of the 90s, who’d have thought that the mastermind, the RZA, would be able to release an album using kung fu samples from his own movie? Talk about a dream come true! The RZA (a.k.a RZA, Rza, Ruler Zig-Zag-Zig Allah, Bobby Digital, or simply by his given name, Robert Fitzgerald Diggs) was a modern day entrepreneur when he formed the Wu-Tang Clan in the early 90s. He put together a ten-year plan to help launch the careers of the nine member crew, along with an extended crew casually referred to as the Wu-Tang Killa Bees. Some of the more creative fruits of their collective labor include a revolutionary clothing line and acting in movies as diverse as Coffee and Cigarettes, Ghost Dog, and American Gangster, so the RZA’s transition to directing is therefore reasonable. We already have a spot-on review of the movie, so let’s focus on the music. Is it any good? More specifically, how does the music on this soundtrack fit into the movie?