Throwback: Wu-tang Clan - I Can't Go To Sleep
The RZA, The GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa and Method Man aka Wu-tang Clan, A name that should be familiar to any head with even a passing interest in Hip-hop. Since their debut Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) their razor sharp tracks have been staples of Hip-Hop sets across the globe, bringing the ruckus on the dancefloor where ever they get played.
Their third album The W showcased the Wu at their finest, from the ice cold story-telling of Hollow Bones to party starter Gravel Pit this album had it all. Throughout the album there is a sense that there is something more to each track than just some beats and lyrics, their density and structure combined with the vast vocals styles of each vocalist create a sense of aural cinema, a drama soundscaped for your listening pleasure. My pick of the bunch is I Can't Go To Sleep featuring The Black Moses, Issac Hayes. Right from the off you can tell this is going to be emotional, Ghostface Killah is at his very finest on the track. Riding violin crescendos his pain cries out over the first minute and a half of the track before Hayes' smooth vocals calms things down, only for emotions heighten once again as a very agitated RZA steps up for the final verse. Not only does I Can't Go To Sleep stand on it's own as one of Wu-Tang's finest tracks but it showcases exactly what makes The W so special - that cinematic feel, that drama.