April 19, 2012

Evan Nabavian also enjoys the Green Lantern and Blue Dream.

So far, Sheek Louch and Ghostface Killah’s collaborative album has materialized in the form of threadbare New York rap over throwaway beats. One would hope that none of these actually make the album and Wu-Block is produced entirely by the ’98 Hitmen or MF Doom. One of the latest leaks, “Batman,” is a bizarre outlier that sounds like a summer anthem with deliberate mistakes.

You’ve got two grimy but lovable rappers and an infectious hook. Perfect! But… the hook is sung by Ghostface instead of Lumidee, Amerie, or 112, and the beat is an elementary “Funky Drummer” sample meant for freestyle cyphers. I thought Wu-Block was meant to unite two great houses of East Coast rap for a recidivist rap album where snitches and punks die by the thousands. But these two are too versatile to stay in one lane.

Let us remember that Ghost also goes by Starky Love and he’s just as comfortable next to Ne-Yo as he is next to U-God. Sheek, for his part, is the only one in his crew who could pull off this silky smooth number with Jeremih that flew under the radar last year. They’re both elder guardians of a lost age and they’re more well-rounded than 80% of any 2012 ‘Hottest MCs’ list. In the worst case, Wu-Block is a major improvement over Wu-Massacre where the two of them compete on street cred and mic skills alone. Best case, they do more stuff like this.

Download:
MP3: Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch – “Batman” (Left-Click)
MP3: Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch – “Shrooms” (Left-Click)

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