The RZA is one of the most productive figures in music. In just over a year he revived the Wu-Tang Clan with 8 Diagrams; released the fourth album under his alter ego, Bobby Digital; produced and MC’d on multiple projects, like GZA’s Pro Tools; and completed two seasons’ worth of material for Spike TV’s Afro Samurai series, a cartoon set in a future/feudalistic Japan in which a Samurai named Afro (voiced by Samuel Jackson) sets out to avenge his father’s murders.
The soundtracks for Afro Samurai bring RZA’s original inspiration full circle. He’s not nearly as proficient here as he was in the early ’90s, but Afro Samurai: Resurrection features a heavy-hitting crew of some of hip-hop’s most valiant MCs, including Kool G Rap, Ghostface Killah and Killah Priest. The best track, “Whar,” features Kool G Rap, Ghostface and RZA flowing over a recycled version of RZA’s timeless “Clan in the Front” beat. Too many of the other tracks are forgettable, however, making for a relatively mediocre album.