Raekwon – “I.M.M.O.B.I.L.A.R.I.T.Y. (I Move More Officially By Implementing Loyalty And Respect In The Youth)” review

Just a little over 4 years after dropping a cinematic masterpiece with his solo debut Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon is returning with his sophomore full-length album & he’s doing it with no production input from the Clan’s de facto leader RZA along with no features from his partner in rhyme Ghostface Killah. The album’s first song “Yae Yo” talks about cocaine over an eerie beat from 6 July of The Hitmen, but it’s just not as interesting as it was on Rae’s debut. The track “Fuck Them” with Method Man descriptively goes in about the life of a drug dealer over some haunting keys. The track “The Table” reflects on making it out of the projects over a somber beat & even though Masta Killa’s verse at the end of the song is short, it’s on some seriously knowledgeable shit. The following song “Sneakers” is EASILY the best track on the album. Not just because of Pete Rock’s hard hitting production, but it’s also because of the way Rae name-drops shoe brands from start to finish. The album’s closer “Forecast” has a decent beat, which kinda sucks because Rae’s cleverly shouting out all of his fans worldwide throughout the whole song. Compared to his previous album, this was just ok. I can definitely appreciate the fact that Rae wanted to enlist a bunch of different producers on here, but I feel like most of the production choices could’ve been much better

Score: 2.5/5

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