Wu Block - Wu Block
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jan 7, 2013
    70
    The 2012 debut is a pretty accurate throwback to the sound of golden age East Coast rap, complete with soul samples and boom-bap beats.
  2. Dec 4, 2012
    70
    It's a knowing retread of what works and what's expected--but boy, that's no problem.
  3. 60
    The seasoned tone and familiar production lend Wu Block ease and listenability, but also result in empty posturing on tracks such as "Take Notice" and "Do It Like Us."
  4. Dec 3, 2012
    70
    From mic to plug, Wu Block is a vintage Rap release only lacking in invention.
  5. The pair [Ghostface Killah and D-Block's Sheek Louch] strike up a good chemistry... The rest of the record, sadly, struggles to get out of first gear.
  6. Dec 4, 2012
    65
    Everyone on the album sounds engaged and happy to be in the room.
  7. Jan 10, 2013
    70
    Sheek and Ghost may lead the army to battle on every track, but the rotating cast and general camaraderie makes Wu-Block feel like the no bullshit Wu-Tang sort of album segments of the fanbase have been clamoring for since 8 Diagrams.
  8. Dec 3, 2012
    70
    It may play a little too closely to everyone's strengths, but in the moments here where those strengths are at full tilt, that's not a bad thing.
  9. Feb 11, 2013
    80
    If seeker of the hip-hop's next wave need not apply, those with an appetite for rugged, screwfaced late-90's New York rap should find this keeps them scowling like it's 1999. [Mar 2913, p.111]
  10. Dec 13, 2012
    65
    Wu-Block isn't a necessity, not for the Wu, not for the Block, not for hip-hop, not for the fans. And yet while it may be nothing more than a stopgap for all involved, it makes sense, not in theory but de facto.
  11. Dec 3, 2012
    50
    So while Ghostface and Louch gel nicely as partners, neither pushes the other toward any standard of greatness or progress.
  12. 60
    Wu Block suffers from the absence of a few vital presences, in particular Wu Tang producer the RZA.
  13. Dec 3, 2012
    60
    While the tides of hip-hop may be in flux, and the release might not break any new ground, the collaborative LP is a genuine and welcomed addition to the modern hip-hop landscape.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 10, 2012
    6
    Nothing new, Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch work well together, but Wu Block lacks concreteness and quality, which had accustomed us Ghostface Killah. Full Review »
  2. Dec 5, 2012
    7
    When I heard Stick'em before the album dropped I was excited. Was a rugged sound and seemed to be a perfect blend of styles. But this album doesn't live up to that in its entirety. All the Wu make an appearance on atleast one song but JadaKiss only comes on one or two leaving out the LOX collab/flashback. All in all was a bit disappointed but still the kind of hip hop I like to see still being made-without radio in mind. Full Review »