Masta Killa – “No Said Date” review

11 years after making his debut as an MC on the track “Da Mystery of Chessboxin'”, independent Brooklyn label Nature Sounds finally gives Wu-Tang Clan member Masta Killa a chance for a solo album. The album features appearances from literally every single member of the Wu except for Cappadonna as well as Streetlife & Sunz of Man members Killah Priest & Prodigal Sunn. The production is handled by those such as the Clan’s sensei RZA along with True Master, Mathematics & Dave West. I’ve heard some people consider Masta Killa to be the worst member of the group simply because he “talks over beats”, but his lyricism has indeed improved over the past decade & his flow is as calm as ever. Both of which are evident on this album. The production throughout too is very reminiscent to the Wu’s debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). However, it doesn’t sound outdated at all. Tracks that are perfect examples to me include the title track, Last Drink, D.T.D. (Do The Dance), Secret Rivals, Queen, School & Silverbacks. This is hands down one of the best solo albums to come out during the 2000’s as well as a must have if you love the group as much as I do.

Score: 4.5/5

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