78. The Man with The Iron Fists - "Soundtrack"
This soundtrack was released in October 2012. Production by RZA, Frank Dukes, Fuzzy Womack, The Black Keys, Kanye West, Boogz & Tapez, Bob Perry, BadBadNotGood, S1, Steven James Brown, Corinne Bailey Rae, Issac Hayes & David Porter.
1. "The Baddest Man Alive" by The Black Keys and RZA
2. "Blackout" by Ghostface Killah, M.O.P. & Pharoahe Monch
3. "White Dress" by Kanye West
4. "I Forgot to be Your Lover" by The Revelations & Tre Williams
5. "Got Your Way (Sex is a Weapon) by Idle Warship (Talib Kweli & Res)
6. "Rivers of Blood by Wu-Tang Clan & Kool G Rap (listed as Wu-Tang Clan but actually only Raekwon, U-God & Ghostface Killah)
7. "Built for This" by Method Man, Freddie Gibbs & Streetlife
8. "The Archer" by Killa Sin
9. "Just Blowin' in the Wind" by RZA & Flatbush Zombies
10. "Chains" by Corinne Bailey Rae
11. "Tick, Tock" by Pusha T, Raekwon, Joell Ortiz & Danny Brown
12. "Green is the Mountain" by Frances Yip
13. "Six Directions of Boxing" by Wu-Tang Clan (U-God, Ghostface Killah, GZA, Masta Killa, Cappadonna & Inspectah Deck)
14. "Your Good Thing (Is About to Come to an End)" by Mable John
15. "I Go Hard" by Ghostface Killah, Boy Jones & Wiz Khalifa
16. "Bust Shots" by Sheek Louch, Ghostface Killah & Inspectah Deck (bonus digital track)
It's been almost a year and a half since the last Wu-related album "Legendary Weapons" came out so I've been anticipating this soundtrack (and the movie) hard. It starts out with one of the best tracks on the album "The Baddest Man Alive". I have no prior musical knowledge of The Black Keys except that the internet loves them so I was surprised by how right "The Baddest Man Alive" feels. The RZA verses are servicable and elicited a few funny lines but I think the song would have been even better with a stronger MC on it. But that's just a small nit-pick. "White Dress" is a strong Kanye West song and "Just Blowin' in the Wind" brings interesting production with another group I have no prior knowledge of (Flatbush Zombies) and a stronger RZA verse then the opener. "Rivers of Blood" feels like a classic Wu-Tang track and Kool G Rap fits in with Ghostface and Raekwon perfectly. The bonus track "Bust Shots" gives me hope for the Wu-Block album the next Wu releated release that comes out next month.
The rest of the album is filled with six "ok but not great" gangster songs, and five tracks that while not bad are not anything I would ever listen to again. "I Forgot to be Your Lover" brought back a memory of high school and something that would have been on the Jason's Lyric soundtrack. So overall it's a solid album. Not on the level as the last release "Legendary Weapons" but a huge step up from most of the RZA soundtrack releases.
Highlights: "The Baddest Man Alive", "Rivers of Blood, "White Dress", "Just Blowin' in the Wind", "Bust Shots"Review: B