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The Problem [PA]


  • 1. Intro
    2. C What I C - (featuring Slugz/Eyes Low)
    3. Strawberries & Cream - (featuring Deck/RZA/Ghostface Killah)
    4. Can I Rise - (featuring Hot Flames)
    5. John 3:16 - (featuring Method Man)
    6. Winta Sno - (featuring Eyes Low/Ali Vegas)
    7. Two Shots of Henny - (featuring Buddah/Angie Neil/Hot Flames/Eyes Low/P.I./Allah Real)
    8. Bullet Scar - (featuring Slugz)
    9. Real Nillaz - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Buddah/Raekwon)
    10. Coach Talk - (featuring Bald Head)
    11. Rush - (featuring Method Man/GZA)
    12. U.S.A. - (featuring Ghostface Killah/Buddah/Masta Killa/Todd/Eyes Low/Hot Flames)
    13. Tommmy - (featuring Real/Eyes Low/Bald Head)
    14. Break That - (featuring ODB/Masta Killa/U-God)
    15. Spot Lite - (featuring Method Man/U-God/Deck/Cappadonna)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 117

  • Credits
    ProducerMathematics
    Engineer

    The second solo album by Mathematics features guest appearances from the entire current membership of the Wu-Tang Clan. On a basic level, The Problem is a concept album against black-on-black violence, but there's an admirable restraint here, a relative lack of "can't we all get along?" navet and only the bare minimum of preachiness. Instead, songs like "Bullet Scar," "Can I Rise," and "Tommy" are no-punches-pulled rap parables, stories that end badly for everyone involved with a subtle implied moral. Elsewhere, new versions of familiar Wu-Tang tracks like "John 3:16" (featuring Method Man) and "Strawberries & Cream" (a new slower and more effective version of "Strawberry" from Ghostface Killah's 2001 album, Bulletproof Wallets) are enhanced by Mathematics' skillful mix of samples and original riffs, and the '70s-inspired "Two Shots of Henny" echoes back to the party rap vibe of the old days: five MCs passing the mike over a flexible funk beat with the album's most insistently catchy chorus in between. The album is filled with typical Wu-Tang Clan loopiness -- songs are continually interrupted by a sample threateningly intoning "If you got something to say, why don't you just say it?" -- but as one of the first major Wu-Tang-related releases since the sudden death of Ol' Dirty Bastard, The Problem shows that the collective's core remains strong. ~ Stewart Mason

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