Meth, Ghost & Rae, "Wu-Massacre"

70 Billboard Rating

Method Man recently admitted that "Wu-Massacre," his new album with fellow Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, was rush-released by Def Jam on a low budget. It's a fact that's somewhat hard to hide behind the set's lean production and uneven narrative. But there's cohesion among most of the 13 tracks, whose rough-edged samples draw largely from horn-and keys-heavy '70s funk and soul, including the RZA-produced single "Our Dreams," which is build around Michael Jackson's 1975 ballad "We're Almost There." The lyrical prowess of the Wu-bond is strongest in Method Man and Raekwon's stream-of-consciousness battle "Mef Vs. Chef 2"; the desperate, Ghost-dominated track "Gunshowers" (featuring rapper Inspectah Deck); the street-challenging "Dangerous"; and the Mathematics-helmed "Miranda," on which the trio swap conquest tales over soul keys and vocals remixed to synthesize a Latin beat. Curious are the filler skits, including one that's less scripted comedy and more stumbling drunk-dial by "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan.