Label: Starks Enterprises - FCM 6001 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Album • Country: US • Genre: Hip Hop •
I quite liked this one, thought the production was quite awesome. Fire sounds like fire indeedlike an inferno!!! The Watch was originally intended for Bulletproof Wallets. If you remember there were initially two versions of Bulletproof Wallets available for sale. One version featured a sticker on the cellophane promising The Watch and The Sun. The more readily available version only had a sticker on the jewel case, this one making no mention of The Watch and promising only "Other hot joints wit' Method Man, Slick Rick, The Rza and more!
He told me that some versions had all the songs and some didn't. I no longer believe that to be true but it was a gamble. Man Smart (Woman Smarter) - Harry Belafonte - The Complete Carnegie Hall Concerts chose the one without the sticker on the cellophane assuming that since The Sun was the first song listed on the back cover, I would be assured of getting at least that track.
I was pissed to find out that it was nowhere to be found on the disc. There are a few really good songs, some verses that were wasted amidst lackluster surroundings, and a bunch of filler.
Ayo, Max! In the end I included almost 90 blogs including some of your favorites and yours! This album is good, I don't understand why you are holding yourself of admitting it. Ok, some of the songs leaked in the Internet before the album was born, but it doesn't mean that they were fillers.
I see this more like Ghost's attempt to put his scattered songs officialy on cd and enrich them with newer tracks Not a bad move, I think. The creation of this album is an interesting story. Maybe not so much for folks that don't follow or give a rat's ass about the Wu-Tang Clan, but it is for me. After the relative success of Theodore Unit's collective debutGhostface Killah thought that it would be a good idea to show the world what his primary color Trife Da God was made of, solo album-wise.
Trife responded by recording his solo debut, Stapleton to Somaliareportedly for the grim reapers over at the Koch graveyard. Interviews were conducted some of which can be found on the Interweband all seemed to be going well. Late in the process, however, somebody had the bright idea of putting Ghostface's name on the album cover and including a smattering of Ghost songs that didn't even feature Trifeshowing off what little faith they had in their own artist.
Promotional copies were released for review purposes, and I was even able to somehow get a hold of one, although there's an annoying voice that repeats on a constant loop that the copy of Stapleton to Somalia I was listening to was "for promotional use only", completely cutting in to any enjoyment I might have received by, say, listening to the songs.
You can find the promo-only album online if you look hard enough. The release date was pushed back one month so that the disc could be reconfigured. Songs were either retitled or dropped altogether, the sequencing was shifted a bit, some bonus tracks that were Ghostface Killah leftovers were added to move units, ostensiblya live DVD that featured Ghostface Killah live in concert alongside some of his Wu brethren were added on, and the new title Put It On The Line was slapped on.
The Trife Lets Fall In Love - William Onyeabor - Good Name album had become a glorified Theodore Unit sophomore disc, although to be fair, the rest of Theodore pop up only sporadically including ex-member Solomon Childs, although, curiously, Cappadonna does not make an appearance.
You can tell that Put It On The Line was a rush job as there are no song credits at all in the liner notes: it's essentially a complete mystery as to who actually produced the goddamn songs.
Put It On The Line allegedly sold more than one hundred thousand copies, an amazing feat for an album that received almost zero marketing Starks Enterprises apparently had no advertising budget. Only one single was pressed and released, and to my knowledge, no videos were ever shot. There was once talk of Theodore Unit action figures to be featured in Burger King kids meals, but those plans never came to fruition. Ghost was forced to move on immediately to Erehdyin Kerran - Matti Ja Teppo - 30 Suosikkia his next official read: major label solo disc, so this Trife solo debut-turned-group effort was abandoned with a quickness not seen since those early Road Runner cartoons.
Bobby - Robin Ward - Wonderful Summer I likedyou may say. If this is just another Theodore Unit album albeit with more of a focus on Trife than anybody elsewon't I like this disc as well?
Probably not. The beat is overproduced, and lyrically both Ghost and Trife sound like store-brand rappers discussing drugs Project Soap Operas - Ghostface Killah and Trife Da God* - Put It On The Line a most generic, white-box-with-black-letters way.
This isn't a good sign. And before someone mentions it, yes, I am aware that it probably shouldn't sound like a Wu-Tang song, given the fact that Trife isn't an actual member of the Clan.
Trife surpasses expectations on this solo outing, proving that, if anybody was going to overthrow Ghostface and stab him in his back, it would be Trife. I choose to believe that Ghost's head was incredibly congested and that he couldn't actually hear the beat the day he elected to spit to it. That much I can say. In a rap song! I know, I'm just as scared as you are. Put It On The Line is starting to leave a bad taste Project Soap Operas - Ghostface Killah and Trife Da God* - Put It On The Line my mouth.
Flames shoot out of my iPod every time this track appears on shuffle although I've been told that may be a sign that I should simply replace my iPod. It's just fucking great.
Trife also outraps Ghost for the first and only? This shit deserves to become a permanent fixture in the Wu-Tang canon.
Why, the only thing that might make this a better song is a remix featruing actual members of the Wu-Tang Clan: I can picture Raekwon fitting in nicely over this instrumental. The beat essentially makes this song, as the lyrics would sound corny as fuck without an instrumental that wasn't up to the task. Thankfully, the Project Soap Operas - Ghostface Killah and Trife Da God* - Put It On The Line package works out perfectly.
This isn't that bad of a track, but it's not that great, either. This song at least, the album version is actually pretty good, and although the beat has a bit too much going on, at least it's short. Anyway, everybody involved sounds awkward over the beat, but, once again, I have to applaud Theodore Unit's efficiency, producing yet another posse cut that's less than three minutes long. How come they can do this, but everybody else takes their sweet time? Sorry, but that's all I got.
The following are listed as bonus tracks. Ever since it leaked to the Interweb many years ago, I've liked this track, and although Raekwon's cameo is of no consequence, Ghost's boasts are oftentimes hilarious.
Curiously, this seems to be the same song as "Da Connection", a track that Ghost, G Rap, and Cappadonna contributed to Da Beatminerz's Brace 4 Impak but was left off of the final pressingexcept with fellow Theodore Unit member Cappadonna's verse chopped off. I realize that I'm going against most Wu heads by saying this, but I Project Soap Operas - Ghostface Killah and Trife Da God* - Put It On The Line cared for this song, and I still don't. I will admit that Ghost's verse is amusing, especially his use of imagery, but Rae, Rza who also produced: this tidbit I garnered from the Bulletproof Wallets liner notesand, surprisingly, Slick Rick all fail to impress.
Although I've always felt Chrome - Outlands - Love Is As Cold As Death Trife was one of the better Wu-Tang weed carriers, it may have been too soon to give him his own "solo" album, although that certainly hasn't stopped most other major rappers from giving their friends album deals.
When he gets it right, the results are fan-fucking- tasticbut when something is a bit off, it shows. The late addition of the Ghostface Killah bonus tracks are also apropos to nothing, serving as padding, although the true reason they appear on here is to entice older Wu-Tang fans that had been salivating at the thought of "The Sun" and "The Watch" finally appearing on a proper CD. The lack of cohesion isn't an issue here, but this project showed a lot of potential and could have been so much more.
Oh well. Chances are, my two readers who are diehard Wu-Tang Odengatan 1B - Odengatan 1B like myself already have the Ghostface bonus tracks on their hard drive anyway, so you should just pick up the additional songs listed below and be on your merry way. There's no reason to run out and grab a physical copy of this, no matter how awesome "Fire" is.
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