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Wugazi - 13 Chambers

Maryland Matt   (180 reviews)

Posted: 07/15/2011 | Comments: 16 | Rate:

Never in my life would I have believed you if you said that there was to be a Wu-Tang Clan/Fugazi collaborative record. Technically, that description isn't entirely accurate. Neither Wu-Tang nor Fugazi were involved in the making of this specific collection of tracks, but rather their previous works were dissected and reassembled into all new songs by a group of hip hop and punk enthusiasts.

'Wugazi' isn't really a band or group, but rather a moniker of the project that is the combined efforts of four collaborators... Cecil Otter, Swiss Andy, Plain Ole Bill and Adam Constable. I tried to educate myself on the works of these artists, but I wasn't able to find much except that they are members of the Minneapolis, MN hip-hop collective, Doomtree (who are described as a having a very "punk" approach to their craft and song orchestration).

"13 Chambers" is a very cleverly constructed pairing of two seemingly opposing musical styles. Wu-Tang Clan (as a whole or as individual artists) contribute all of the vocal performance of this record while the actual music is comprised of Fugazi songs (it seems that the hip hop style beats were made using isolated Fugazi drum sounds). There are vocal lines from the whole crews legendary records such as 'Enter the 36 Chambers' and 'Forever', as well as lines from solo classics like GZA's 'Liquid Swords', Ol' Dirty Bastard's 'Return to the 36 Chambers', Ghostface Killah's 'Supreme Clientele' and the highly regarded Gravediggaz 'Six Feet Deep'. Every measure was expertly selected from the Wu-Tang catalog to fit a specific song. Its very obvious that these guys are genuinely not merely fans of Wu-Tang and Fugazi, but true appreciators of hip hop and punk rock. All too often when I hear these mash-up records, it just seems like some club DJ threw together a verse and a beat from two different songs and then put his hand out to collect a pay check. There is heart behind the work done here. The construction of the actual music on this record is what truly caught me by surprise. The creators of this album took classic post-hardcore cuts from Fugazi and created the backbone of a fantastic hip hop record with them. There must be some sort of black magic at play, because if you described this album to me I wouldn't believe it was possible without hearing it for myself. To hear Gravediggaz 'Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide' spliced together with Fugazi's 'Waiting Room' is as baffling as it is incredible.

As ridiculous as this all sounds, the glue holding all of it together is the fantastic turntable work of DJ Plain Ole Bill. He isn't overbearing on this record like some DJ's can be (like injecting bullhorns into songs or screaming their name constantly). His work is actually quite transparent... and this transparency is what smooths out the joints that exist between these two opposing musical works.

I grew up in the 90's loving both Wu-Tang Clan and Fugazi. A pairing of this magnitude is a true "when worlds collide" scenario that not only is interesting... but masterfully executed.

Get this record NOW.






(It is available for download for free at www.wugazi.com)



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Comments
vanilla gorilla
213,223 Posts
38/M/PA
what the fuck
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
36/M/MD
This is ILL AS FUCK.


I'm serious. Get it now. Its free.
vanilla gorilla
213,223 Posts
38/M/PA
will do
dr. spaceman
23,170 Posts
33/M/OH
its ok, im not really into stuff like this. maybe if i actually liked fugazi it would help.
dr. spaceman
23,170 Posts
33/M/OH
its interesting to skim through the tracks but i wouldn't listed to it
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
36/M/MD
I should have stated that a love of both groups is needed to fully wrap your head around this.
dr. spaceman
23,170 Posts
33/M/OH
good/in depth writing though
I have no legs!
27,231 Posts
8/M/PA
This is done very well.
F.T.T.W
4,437 Posts
37/M/NA
Downloading now.
a quarter chord
1,135 Posts
35/M/CA
Enjoying this so much. Much more than I thought I would, thank you for the review.
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
36/M/MD
No problem, homey. I thought it was worth sharing.
vanilla gorilla
213,223 Posts
38/M/PA
fuck yeah @ the suicide mix
old dancing boy
38,181 Posts
33/M/PA
me and soda were talking about this last night, will download.
TIGHTDICKPLAYA
24,550 Posts
42/M/PA
i'm wondering what the members of wu-tang and fugazi think of this.

oh yea, it's awesome.
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
36/M/MD
I picture RZA being REALLY into this.

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