Inspectah Deck – “Manifesto” review

4 years have passed since the Inspectah Deck of the almighty Wu-Tang Clan dropped his very 1st mixtape The Resident Patient under his newly founded label Urban Iron Records but now, he’s finally delivering his 3rd full-length album. The album’s first song “The Champion” lyrically reminds me of “The Champ” off of fellow Wu member Ghostface Killah’s 5th album FishScale, but The Alchemist’s production on here is rugged as Hell. On the track “Born Survivor”, Deck & former Firm member Cormega are getting socially conscious & MoSS’ production on here has a solid electric guitar & some really dope Barack Obama vocal samples before & after each verse. On the track T.R.U.E., Deck is talking about staying true to yourself & arising from the struggles of the ghetto & his production on here has some strings that enhance the vibe of the song. While I like how Deck is hooks up with fellow Wu member Raekwon to talk about how to become a major player in the game on the track “The Big Game”, both the production & the hook on this joint were pretty weak in my opinion. The track “9th Chamber, Pt. II” is a follow up the song “9th Chamber” off of Deck’s criminally underrated solo debut Uncontrolled Substance & I really love the fact that it’s a sonically all in your face homage to real hip hop. The track “Serious Rappin'” sees Deck getting with Termanology & Planet Asia to deliver some sincerely delivered street bars over a somber beat. On the track “Gotta Bang”, Deck gets together with Kurupt & Billy Danze to talk about gats over a beat that sounds like a generic Scott Storch knock-off. On the track “5 Star G”, Deck’s going in about the lavish lifestyle & MoSS’ production on here has an infectious flute throughout. The closing track on the standard edition “The Neverending Story” has a beautiful beat from Agallah & lyrically, Deck’s talking from the heart & mind from discussing his mother Cynthia raising him on his own to getting his G.E.D. while behind bars. Even though there are tracks on here that I enjoy, this is a slightly above average album overall. Just like with The Resident Patient, the production on here is cut-rate as Hell once again & even Deck’s lyricism throughout isn’t as great as it was back in 90’s. I really hope his next & supposedly final solo album Uncontrolled Substance 2 (which Deck himself says will be primarily produced by the Clan’s de facto leader RZA) will be superior

Score: 3/5

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