Masta Killa – Things Just Aint the Same (written by Masta Killa and produced by PF Cuttin)
I love this single from the last member of Wu-Tang Clan. Even though he had to try out and just barely beat Killah Priest for the ninth member spot, he brings a much needed balance in delivery and musical styling to Wu-Tang Clan.
His slower, soulful approach to rap and production is certainly highlighted on this track by Masta Killa. He even said that he “felt the need to give them some soul first”, in regards to his audience. This came before releasing his notably different album, ‘Loyalty Is Royalty’, later in the same year as this album, ‘Selling My Soul’.
Killa’s choice to use The Marvelettes as one of the main samples is superb. We may have their song and his sample “Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” on 45, but the roommate and I will just have to wait until she gets around to cataloguing the M’s. Also, in the lyrics Masta Killa mentions celebrated rappers and appropriately samples Run DMC’s “Sucker M.C.’s (Krush Groove 1)” like an homage or subliminal ode to some of his favorite rappers. Being released in 2013 as well, I think knowing that his newer fans are from a generation that missed eras in hip hop and rap may have contributed to this decision.
So from one verse on “Da Mystery of Chessboxin”, to reuniting the Wu and recording the last song with Ol’ Dirty Bastard in 2004, Masta Killa aka Noodles aka Jamel Arief (born Elgin Turner) has become my second favorite member only to Ghostface Killah. Being vegetarian helps.
– Mr. Richard
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