Iron Flag

Like any good prizefighter will tell you, when you get knocked down, you have to get right back up.

Like any good prizefighter will tell you, when you get knocked down, you have to get right back up. The Wu-Tang Clan does just that with its fourth set, Iron Flag. After releasing the less-than-stellar The W in early 2001, the Staten Island, N.Y.-based nine-member supergroup looked to be on the ropes. Not so. Known for its various personalities, the Clan offers a little something for everyone on this concentrated set. The radio-ready "Back in Game," featuring Ronald Isley, showcases the crew's laid-back, soul-induced stylings, while the aggressive "Soul Power (Black Jungle)" will satisfy the act's hardcore fan base. "Uzi (Pinky Ring)," the album's lead single, is an equally high-paced track that is classic Wu-Tang.—RH