There are many of us that still hold on to that tiny piece of thread from the Wu Tang Clan iron flag that unfortuantely unraveled a few years ago. We still look forward to anything Wu related. We hope that one track will take us back to the days when it was all so simple. But after each release, we are shaken out of our dream state to realize that Method Man doesn’t have a glass eye anymore. We realize that ODB is gone and RZA isn’t on the forefront of Wu-Tang production. Tough pill to swallow, eh? Recently, Dreddy Kruger gave us a small dose of something remotely Wu-Tang-ish with the Think Differently album. Out of that, came something that resembled early Wu-Tang production courtesy of Bronze Nazareth. Bronze is one of the many that are attempting to carry the Wu-Tang sound, but people have been a bit weary if it will ever be close to what it was. All we want is a piece, and apparently Babygrande/Think Differently understand that, giving us Bronze Nazareth’s debut album The Great Migration.
The title of producer/emcee is a tough one to carry convincingly, but Bronze does his best to do both justice. As an emcee, Bronze possess a little bit of that Wu-Tang swagger, which is both good and bad. Good, because he flexes lyrical muscle well on joints like “Stolen Van Gogh” and “Rare Breed”. He works it out while bringing a smile to many of the Wu faithful, whose loyalty has been waning over the years. But bad, because although many love the Wu, all it does is serve as a friendly reminder what we are missing. Although Bronze is solid as an emcee, after 19 tracks of the same style and flow, the listener can get a bit tired.
From a production standpoint Bronze is more than exceptional, handling his duties very well. . Take the dirty drums of “Hear What I Say!”, which rocks over a nasty vocal sample and keeps the Wu-Tang movement in gear, while bringing something new to the table. “Rare Breed” possesses that soulful grime that takes us back to the Wu era, but still allows new listeners who may not even like the Clan to appreciate what Bronze sets out to accomplish. “Poem Burial Ground” and “Detroit” allow the listener to envision the dust pouncing off of the speakers every time the drums and bass hit.
The Great Migration is quite an exceptional album in the sense that it allows the movement to continue, without diluting it in wackness. Many listeners would have loved to hear the GZA, RZA, Inspectah Deck and others rock over Bronze’s tracks, but this will have to do for now.
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