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Charting the Music: Wu-Block, 'Wu-Block'

Charting the Music: Wu-Block, 'Wu-Block' facebook.com/realwublock
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Guns, illegal substances and automobiles are frequent players in the rap game. Wu-Block's self-titled record allows you to live out the gangster life in a safe manner.

Wu-Block's self-titled debut incorporates the classic formula with new rhymes by Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch and guest stars members of the Wu-Crew and D-Block. For this recording, designer garments and deafening bass were not optional.

88.1 KDHX Chart Position: #4 Hip-Hop for the week of November 11, 2012.

Record label, release date and producer: EOne music released “Wu-Block” on November 27, 2012; the album was produced by Termanology, Red Spyda and Frank Dukes just to name a few.

Can be heard on: Deep Krate Radio with DJs Fly D-Ex and Furius "Iceman" Stylz.

RIYL: Wu-Tang Clan, the LOX and Nas.

Hometown: Staten Island/Yonkers, N.Y.

Standout Tracks: Continuous beats add variance in "Crack Spot Stories" as the song talks of drug deals and using. Flashbacks of vintage rap tracks refresh the mind as "Stick Up Kids" provides detailed plans of robbery. "Different Time Zones" proves rap can be powerful on any coast or continent.

About the artists: Rap veterans Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan and Sheek Louch of the LOX are the delinquents responsible for Wu-Block. Rhyming since age 12, Sheek Louch has progressed into an entrepreneur and successful rapper, with Mary J. Blige and Sean "Puffy" Combs to thank. Ghostface Killah gained popularity and recognition after the release of Wu-Tang Clan's "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)." He is no stranger to collaboration albums: Wu-Tang Affiliates Trife Da God and Cappadonna as well as MF Doom and J Dilla are all on his resume.

About guests: Fellow Wu-Tang associate Method Man lent his lyrical flow for songs "Pull Tha Cars Out" and "Stella." Aside from the rhyming verses, Method Man is an actor and can be seen in films such as “How High,” “Garden State” and “Red Tails.” Jadakiss is a third of the LOX along with Styles P and Sheek Louch and can be recognized in "Crack Spot Stories," "Stick Up Kids" and "All In Together.” Neo-Soul artist Erykah Badu's soft, angelic voice provides a dainty chorus for "Drivin' Round."

This label: What was once known as Koch Records was renamed EOne Music. Founded by Michael Koch, EOne Music is a branch of Entertainment One Ltd., a multi-national company which essentially covers all aspects of entertainment media. EOne houses music of all genres, including music from children's shows such as “Sesame Street,” “Pokemon” and “Thomas and Friends."

Play it while: Making it rain with one dollar bills.

What the critics say: "More than anything, the two provide a reminder in the Rick Ross era of the charms of a time in which a successful rap song could be a vivid description of guys hanging out in a living room. Ghostface in particular is one of the most detailed lyricists ever, and the fact that he takes the time to point out things like wearing Brookstone slippers or reading L. Ron Hubbard (side note: IS GHOSTFACE KILLAH BECOMING A SCIENTOLOGIST?) makes for extremely fun listening." Kyle Kramer, RedEye.

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