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Inspectah Deck
THE MOVEMENT
(KOCH)

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Wu-Tang veteran Inspectah Deck a/k/a Rebel INS returns with something of a wasted sophomore effort after his underrated solo debut, 1999ís Uncontrolled Substance (Relativity). Deck kept it simple on Substance, speaking first-hand about his street experiences with drugs and crooked cops in a style that brought to mind the best of Nas or Kool G Rap. The Movement, on the other hand, is cluttered with subpar club beats and unsubstantial wordplay, and itís yet another Wu solo release that finds the rest of the Clan MIA and wants the Midas-touch production of the RZA.

"Bumpin and Grindin" and "Shorty Right There" may go down as two of the worst Wu-related tracks ever. The decent beats that ground "Get Right" and "Itís like That" are watered down by weak hooks; "Itís like That" even puts the typically mellow Deck in the uncomfortable position of having to yell out the chorus. G Rap does lend a much needed hand on "Framed," and there are three tracks ó "City High," "Vendetta," and "Who Got It" ó where Deck sticks to what heís always done best, simple storytelling from the streets without jiggy filler.

BY CHRIS CONTI

Issue Date: June 27 - July 3, 2003
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