I don’t want to enter into an over-intellectualized pretentious breakdown about the significance of the WU in Hip Hop, or Funk Flex in the 90s, or any of the other internet rap blogging over thinking too many words used to say nothing territory that is all the rage these days.
I’ll keep it simple, this is from November 1998, right before the BOBBY DIGITAL album dropped. It is basically Funk Flex doing his best of Wu Tang mixed in with some of the (at the time) newer joints that they were coming out with.
Hearing Ghost and RZA just bug out with Flex is really the best part of this. Ghost and RZA were really the only two WU members holding it down at the time of this recording, Meth’s Tical 2 was a tragedy, Rae seemed half way lost after the post-gold Tarantula, and the rest of the Clan.. I don’t even know. GZA was off putting finishing touches on Beneath The Surface, ODB was a year away from meeting the Neptunes, Deck was concentrating on Controlled Substance etc etc.
The real jewels on here come in the form of RZA’s one line darts and adlibs. He sets the tone with the “woop woop” intro… (if you thought that was a based God move your age probably matches your skinny jeans size, or something like that.) Silkworm, a stand out record from the first BOBBY DIGITAL release, is on here and the idea of that being played on the radio is pretty mind blowing..then and now. Its 2011, if you have gems, post em. What are you waiting for ?
SIDEBAR: Peep the shout outs and promo for Jamie Summers (who was trained on the tour bus) for the “derelict wiz dogs (who) cant comprehend.“
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: What ever happened to the Papa Wu album ?
@KingS0l0m0n Digital , 2012, #nobodycares
Funkmaster Flex with Ghostface x RZA (Live On Hot 97), 1998