• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Dec 18, 2001

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 2001 has been a tremendous year for hip-hop. At the last moment, the Wu-Tang Clan just made it even better.
  2. Their darkest, most hypnotic disc since 1997's ''Wu-Tang Forever.''
  3. Iron Flag focuses squarely on the Wu's immense, twin strengths: bringing together some of the best rappers in the business, and relying on the best production confederacy in hip-hop (led by RZA) to build raw, hard-hitting productions.
  4. Mojo
    An album as confrontational and consistent as Public Enemy's Apocalypse '91. [Feb 2002, p.93]
  5. Blender
    The Clan's lyricists remain as aggressively word-drunk as ever, balancing the music's pop conciseness with oblique rhymes that compel repeated listening. [Feb/Mar 2002, p.116]
  6. 80
    RZA and company get back to basics with the kind of stripped-down ghetto menace that made the Wu Tang great in the first place.
  7. It's the most solid Wu album in years.
  8. On Iron Flag, the Wu are not just back - they're overhauled and determined to compete.
  9. Iron Flag owes its lack of cohesion to some simply dull songs, plus the growing disparity in lyrical ability among the Wu’s members.
  10. More interesting than essential, Iron Flag may not win over those who gave up on Wu-Tang Clan around the time of Wu-Tang Forever, but the group's dedication to its own idiosyncratic path remains impressive.
  11. Q Magazine
    Although RZA tries crisply updating his trademark murk for the new rap age, the results rarely cohere. [Jan 2002, p.108]
  12. Uncut
    The rhymes are gangsta shit at its laziest and most drearily noxious. [Mar 2002, p.111]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. redman
    Mar 4, 2007
    jawn is straight off da hook
  2. ShapkG
    Aug 16, 2006
    a great piece of work from the clan...the raw hip-hop they've got us used to.
  3. markt
    Dec 3, 2005
    this album is from the phenomenal beginning (IntheHooD) till the fantastic ending (TheW one of the best wu songs ever) a dope album that i this album is from the phenomenal beginning (IntheHooD) till the fantastic ending (TheW one of the best wu songs ever) a dope album that i could liston 24 ours a day. i just can much great things about the album but liston to it and u will understand me. Classic shit Full Review »