After 20 years in the game, the Wu-Tang Clan have solidified their place in history. While members like Ghostface Killah and Raekwon have left their marks with progressive solo sets, other members have struggled to add onto the group’s legacy. Such is the case with U-God’s fourth player, an amalgam of poor decisions and unfortunate outcomes.
For an album entitled The Keynote Speaker, Baby Huey is an unlikely orator. Stylistically, his flow is robotic (“Fame”, “Skyscraper”, “Get Mine”) and uninviting (“Heavyweight”, “Tranzform” )”. The dissonance can be found on cuts like the creepy tale “Room Keep Spinning” and uninspiring “Stars”. The moments where the music is salvageable comes from the guest spots from cohorts Method Man (“Fire”) and GZA (“Heads Up”).
Ultimately, The Keynote Speaker will end up as footnote to the Wu’s mighty discography. On “Golden Arms”, U-God rhymes, “Quit while your ahead, Save the embarrassment.” Perhaps he should listen to his own advice.—B.Dot