It’s 2018 and we can categorically say that “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F**k Wit”. With a legacy that has outlasted most rap careers and a legion of fans that stretch beyond both sides of the equator, the one other unique factor about the Wu is the number of affiliates. No other group in the history of rap can boast of affiliates that have gone on to make their own indelible mark on the industry.
For this spotlight we focus on two thoroughbred Wu affiliates. The one and only Killah Priest, and the underrated producer/DJ 4th Disciple. To be honest, KP has already made his mark from the jump. He was on The Gravediggaz first LP, he had a solo song on GZA’s classic “Liquid Swordz”, he was/is a member of Sunz of Man, part of the defunct Hrsmn with Canibus, Ras Kass & Kurupt, and has released classic solo material as well, especially Heavy Mental and Priesthood.
4th Disciple, on the other hand, is the man behind that classic Killarmy cinematic soundscape — a sound that helped him carve a niche in the game. He was vastly different from the other Wu producers, such as Mathematics, Trumaster, etc. But I feel he never got his due props.
Killah Priest & 4th Disciple — “Don’t Sit On The Speakers”
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The collaboration between these two figures is quite interesting. Titled “Don’t Sit on the Speakers”, this project is a throwback type piece of art that looks back in time. We get 15 tracks, chock full of bravado bars, Bible references, and a whole lot of knowledge and wisdom over funk, electronica, R&B and classic breakbeats.
Right off the beat, the listener is transported into the 80s as the announcer shouts the mission statement and KP gets to work kicking some deep insightful lyrics about black genealogy over NYC disco staple “Love Is the Message”. He keeps the energy going on the follow up track over Isaac Hayes’ “Ike’s Mood”. This is classic KP and he hasn’t lost his mojo one bit. The features on the project are limited to GFK (on 2 tracks), Raekwon, Cappadonna and Moon Crickets. A majority of the songs don’t go pass the 3 minute mark. But those that do tend to be layered with vocal drops from KXNG Crooked, Treach, etc. and block party snippets from the 80s.
In a nutshell, this project is definitely for die-hard fans of both artists, but also a solid addition to their catalogue as it shows the chemistry between KP and 4th something I never noticed till now. 4th displays his turntable skills throughout the project seamlessly mixing and blending the tracks and flipping classic breakbeats for KP to spit over. This is something worth checking out, even if it’s only for that nostalgic vibe.