Inspectah Deck: Pawn To King

INS the Rebel tells DX about his career-long triumph in life and within Rap's greatest group. He speaks about working with Gang Starr, and learning production from RZA.

Inspectah Deck might just be the secret weapon of the Wu-Tang Clan. The Park Hill, Staten Island emcee (and producer) may lack the classic solo album that Ghostface, GZA, Method Man and Raekwon can all claim, but the Rebel INS proves to be an essential ingredient to the group's success as any Clansman.

Released through Traffic Entertainment, March 23's The Manifesto hopes to alter perceptions. Speaking with HipHopDX, Deck explains that he's dealing with rivalries and fair-weather fraternities with his brothers, but his commitment to lyricism, wisdom and technical flow may finally yield the pensive emcee his first solo masterpiece, in a score that's been especially kind to Shaolin alumni. Inspectah Deck did not just steal the show on "Triumph," the emcee has lived it since birth.

HipHopDX: Listening to "The Champion" , that song has such an innovative rhyme scheme. I listened to a number of times, and the places where the words rhyme is really innovative, and it still sounds like good music. As an emcee, how do you stay so technical and innovative at this point in your career?
Inspectah Deck: Number one, I appreciate the fact that you noticed that, man. I respect that. That's why I still do it at this late stage in the game. Yeah, a lot of people are going to miss that 'cause they're so concerned with the beat and who did the beat. [People] are more concerned with a name than the actual product right now. My man Hasan could've did the beat, and it would've probably been overlooked, but being that it's an Alchemist beat, it's 'Oh shit!' That shouldn't even be the point.

The song that I was making, what [inspired me] was the Shane Mosely vs. Floyd Mayweather fight. I was pretty much thinking about what if Shane pulled off the major upset over Floyd? I started thinking of myself in that form or fashion. In a certain sense, my competition right now seems to be that I chose to release my album [on the same day] that [Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Method Man] are coming out [with Wu Massacre]. It's at a point where I can't even back down. I can't pull my album for that. I feel like the underdog who's about to succeed in at least bringing back the listener to Rap. That's what I was trying to do with this album. "The Champion" career's been shuffled around: BMG [Records] dropped Loud [Records] right when I signed. Sony [Records] picked [Loud] up, then Sony merged with Relativity [Records] and they [merged with] Columbia [Records]. The next thing you know I'm on Columbia with Three 6 Mafia and everybody else. Uncontrolled Substance was being pushed, but it wasn't being pushed with the forced of an Only Built 4 Cuban Linx [by Raekwon], ya dig? So I got caught up in all those types of storms or wars, really. It was a battle for me. "The Champion" is like, yo, it's 2010 and I'm still here, about to drop on March 23rd.

And I'm gonna show y'all why I'm a champion, so I said rather than just rhymin' on this beat, I got a whole bunch of them rhyme schemes; I just don't think the public is ready for them yet, 'cause they're so trained. I'll break the scheme down to you, 'cause it's HipHopDX: It's more or less, every word that you hear that rhymes, the next word rhymes. So if I say, "I scream / Machine / Gun / Funk / Trunk / Slayer / Major / Pain / Game / Holder / Mind controller." Each back-end of the word rhymes with the next word comin'. I just thought of it and tried it to the beat and said, "Oh, it kind of works." I just wrote it. Next thing you know, I had this whole picture. I'm about to fly to L.A. and do a video to that, and I'm actually trying to reach out to Shane Mosely to see if he wants to be part of it. If I can catch him, I will. If I can't, it's all good. We're still gonna put together a nice video for that joint.

DX: As you say that, I want to talk about emceeing some more. At the time of Enter the 36 Chambers, you all brought styles to the table that really came out of thin air. Can you tell us about the Deck that existed prior to 1993, on demos and talent shows and stuff like that. Along with that, who would you say influenced you on an emcee level?
Inspectah Deck: I can give credit to a few emcees that's in the game, then I have to give credit to a lot of people that the public just don't know. It's a couple of answers to that. Early on, I grew up listening to all of my mom's [records]. My mom used to wake us up with music and keep the music on high so we wouldn't go back to sleep. [Laughs] It was ill, because I would hear so much. I was in elementary school, going to school knowing Rick James, Aretha Franklin, way before my time. By the time I got around 18, 20 and started hookin' up with the [Wu-Tang Clan], I was already one of the dudes that would hold the tape recorder up to the speaker, and tell everybody to be quiet. I was a pause-button king, tapin' whole radio shows without the talking. I was already on that mode. By the time Wu-Tang came around, I had gotten locked up right before. I had started writing seriously in jail. I used to tell cats, "When I come home, I'ma try to make this happen."

All I remember was RZA was a deejay that used to throw parties. The first thing I did was come to RZA, "Yo, I got rhymes now." RZA was from [Brooklyn] and I used to go there by myself and battle. It used to get deep. I'd be in the cypher by myself, and I'd get into fights and all of that over this Rap. Me, Rae, U-God and Meth, we the Park Hill [Staten Island] part of the Clan. Cappadonna and King Just [too]. We started taking it across the water. RZA came to me one day when I was Meth and he said, "Yo, I got this contract." We always supported RZA and GZA through their [respective Tommy Boy Records and Cold Chillin' Records] deals. They was our Rock stars. All of that incorporated in me doing what I'm doing now. I like to consider myself the Rap Isaac Hayes or the Rap Curtis Mayfield or something. [Laughs] Like "C.R.E.A.M.," I'm painting the picture, and you see me there, but it's not always directly about me. It's about the scenery that took place and the actual things that are going on. I get that from books. I try to paint those book visions on music.

DX: One of the records that really impressed me was 1999's "Show N Prove" from your debut, Uncontrolled Substance. Would you say that record was a case of book visions?
Inspectah Deck: "Show N Prove," nah, that was the beginning of street smarts. Book smarts was part of my growing-up too; I was one of those dudes in English class that knew how to write the words in all of that - that was a 100 [% on my test], guaranteed. [Laughs] You give me that for homework, I'm eatin' that for lunch, yo. I was never dumb, son. I was always one that wanted to expand my mind and learn, 'cause I looked up to a lot of dudes who were like that. Those were the cats around me, I guess. I break that down on [The Manifesto] on a song called "The Never-ending Story." I'm talking about the [social] cycles people go through.

"Show N Prove" was the beginning of me out there on the avenue, makin' money, seein' things, women startin' to come around. I got access to stuff. You're taught that you have to do [certain things to reach your dreams]. I was just lookin' at everybody I'm around, who was a star in the hood. It started makin' me question a lot of things, and I was one of the kids that was going to church growing up. I'd ask the preacher, "Well, how do you know? You've seen God? You're just reading from a Book. What's it like in your own words though?" [Laughs] I was gettin' pulled out of church, yo. It's not because I'm the Devil, it's just that I've got questions! I'm watchin' people on my left die, I'm watchin' people on my right die, I watched my aunt get hooked on drugs, overdose - I wanted to kill my uncle. These are things that's real in my life, man. That's what possessed these songs and made me say [rhymes slowly] "I once asked God to forgive me for my sins / Bent on my knees, pleadin' to be Heavenly cleansed / He said 'The Holy Ghost will change the ways and actions of men,' / But when I stood, I felt the same as if I just walked in." [Laughs] That line right there, that shit smashes niggas' whole albums. That line right there is more powerful than five, six straight songs from certain niggas. The weight of it. It travels through the future and back to the past, it spans every generation.

[Continues] "I'm facin' / Massive guns on the plantation / Singin' songs from home, but I'm still caged in / 'Cause 9,000 miles is such a long way to swim." [Laughs] They not ready for that, they not ready for the truth. They want to be led into fantasy. Everything is poppin' bottles and 2020 Ferraris in a 2010 video.

DX: As you recite those rhymes, there was substance there. There has to be substance on a track on The Manifesto called "Born Survivor" with Cormega...
Inspectah Deck: I like to answer [these questions] like [Muhammad] Ali now, with a rhyme. That song, I said, "I thought the block was all there was to life / I'm zombie, meaning, up for nights / I got tired of roamin' halls / Got wise to protocol / Then I got mines with no regards." [Cormega] sets it off on a pace that, I couldn't do nothin' else. He came in and was talkin' about how dudes be treatin' baby mothers and different things and life. How he went out was, "My city never sleeps, I'm a born survivor." I was like, "That's the name of this one, right here."

You've got to be a born survivor out here. [Laughs] I'm a born survivor, just [looking at what we've talked about], the wars I went through - career being jerked around, things in the street, real life goin' down. It's not even a hook on that; [President] Obama is on the hook on that one. Just to take it there. Deck is different, son; he's not followin' these dudes. I'm keeping it Wu-Tang, but in my own form, in this new day. I like to think that I'm 2010 with this new Wu.

DX: You appeared on Chamber Music and Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Pt. II, but what did fans awakening to the compilation, Raekwon's album, Method Man and Redman's album, U-God's album and the whole Clan last year do for you, especially going into 2010 with The Manifesto?
Inspectah Deck: I'm glad you said that. See, 'cause that all leads me to where I'm at now. All that beautiful music came out last year; everybody got their chance to shine. I played my part in different projects: I was poppin' up here and there on [Only Built 4 Cuban Link...Pt. II], I got some work in with GZA, I did some work with La The Darkman, I did the Afro Samurai with Kool G Rap and RZA. I was just tryin' to make little waves and keep myself out there, all settin' it up for what I have now. I'm the only one that didn't drop nothin' in the mix of all that. All I did was get myself right to the point where I'm dropping Urban Icon Records' first album, which is my label and my album - which I wanted to do years ago. But I was under contract, I had niggas controlling which way you move. That was my hiatus was getting out those paperworks and contracts. A lot of the world don't know that, 'cause I wasn't on TV and in magazines, cryin' about the RZA, none of that. I just held my own and rebuilt myself. In the meantime, I was doing things: getting into mutual funds, real estate and surrounding myself with other people that was helping me maximize with money that I did have.

Once I saw certain things in this Rap game, how it was movin' for me...I signed in '97, but didn't drop [Uncontrolled Substance] until '99. Then the shuffle [with the labels], then the [turmoil with] the Clan, and [media] trying to put me and Cappadonna against each other. I got a book about all this that I ain't write yet, but I know it's there 'cause I'm mappin' out the chapters. Yeah, your boy went through a lot. Now, I'm comin' out when the coast is clear. I'm rebuilt, thinkin' straight, got my own businesses movin', and it's on me now. That's all I wanted to do in the first place.

My only thing is now I might fall into the category of, "Damn, your album dropped right around the same time as [Wu Massacre]." The underlining factor to all of that, that real niggas know if they follow Rae, Meth and Ghost, is Deck make all them niggas shine when Deck's part of they shit. So it's no loss for me. The only real loss is a lot of them same cats didn't play the role for me the way I did for them. I can put that out there. [Laughs] So when you see the album and you look and say, "Where's the [appearances], the RZA tracks? [and so on]," you've got to understand that dudes went on and did what they did to support themselves and survive, nahmean? I still played my part for them, 'cause that's just me. But everybody ain't on it like that. So when I came to a couple heads to make things happen for myself, some dudes wasn't there, man. That's just bottom line. Word! But it don't take away the love and respect, 'cause I feel like I'm still Wu-Tang. Nigga, this is me! This is Deck the General. If anything, I gained, and I'm gonna gain. How can I lose? If y'all feeling what we're doing, and you're not feelin' the radio, [support me]. I'm not tryin' to fuckin' sell two million copies with this album. That's not the goal. The goal is to reintroduce the world to me and what I've been for the doing the past couple years. So when you see me out there, it's me. I'm not out there gettin' the next nigga rich no more. [Laughs] I been the pawn; you leave a pawn on the [chess] board too long, what happens? He gains power. This is chess, son. This that game of life. I'm a king on the other side of the board now. [Chuckles] I'm a pawn that survived, my nigga. I'm just a piece of a puzzle.

DX: You've gotten into production during that hiatus. Most producers go on to become emcees. And emcees who can produce generally fall back on production. Tell me about your craft.
Inspectah Deck: A lot of people don't know I do production, they just catchin' on. Within the last 10 years, I think I produced on every Clan member's album, except maybe Rae. I did Beneath The Surface with GZA; people don't know that. I've got a joint on Bobby Digital [in Stereo], ["Kiss of a Black Widow"]. On Meth's [Tical 2000: Judgement Day I did] "Spazzola." I did tracks from The Wu-Tang Swarm. It all came to me one time when I was listening to a song on Ghost's [Supreme Clientele]. I did a song called "Elevation" on Uncontrolled Substance. He did a song ["Stay True"] which was a beat I did for Ghost. The back-end of the beat was the one I did for "Elevation," which was two separate pieces. I was just like, "Wow, this record got some crazy stuff to it." My man told me that I needed to start producing more on my own albums. I did "Visionz" on [Wu-Tang Forever], but Sade didn't want to clear the sample, so I've been trying to get into the art of producing without samples now.

DX: How did you learn?
Inspectah Deck: My whole production skills comes from many nights of sitting [beside] your man Bobby Digital. I give son [all the credit]. I wanted to do it, and knew I could do it, but I didn't know how. He never really had to school me neither. I would just watch what he do and see and hear the result, so I'd know what he did. He showed me the basics, and the rest was me watching him. It was the easiest way of doing it. The next thing you know, I'm playing beats for him. He'd say, "You almost got it." I'd ask him to tell me what I'm doing wrong. "Your tempo" or "You ain't got no snare." Plenty of tour nights, where we were on the tour bus, drivin' eight hours from Michigan to Wyoming and shit, and we'd just build. I owe him, definitely, a lot of the credit for my whole production style.

But that's what I want to do, right now. Through the situation that I'm doing with Traffic, I'm going to put an instrumental album out. I was just talking to my man Ayatollah the other day. Everybody's done it. He's done it, Pete Rock's done it. I have two instrumental albums Ayatollah did, I got the two Alchemist did and I've got a Pete Rock joint. I'm about to put mine out. [Laughs] I'm gonna shock the world, man. I'm gonna get some calls.

DX: You are, to my knowledge, the only Wu-Tang Clan member who worked with DJ Premier. "Above The Clouds" is one of the illest records that ever came out. How did that appearance come together?
Inspectah Deck: It's crazy that [Gang Starr] isn't together [anymore]. I'm just grateful to have had the opportunity. There's a club in New York called Don Hill's. I just happened to swing through there one day. It was Sadat [X], Carl Thomas, a few people in there; I forget what the occasion was. I ran into Guru. Guru had always been my man, so I was like, "What's going on, man?" I was reaching out to [DJ] Premier to get a beat. He was like, "Yo, just come through the studio. I would love to get you on the song."

I came down to D&D Studios. D&D was the home of the whole Duck Down, all of them. I already knew Rock and Ruck and Starang and a few other heads. It was all love when I came in, Cocoa Brovas at that time, before they was Smif N' Wessun [again]. I'm nostalgic just talkin' about it, 'cause the studio don't even exist no more. Premier was so cool. "Yo, you came through, Deck! I always wanted to work with you." Me and an artist, sometimes you be thinking you ain't got a shot to work with people, but when you actually meet them, it's [the not true]. He just started pullin' records right then and there and said, "Yo, I'm about to start puttin' something together." I said, "Oh, that's what's up." This dude came back like 20 minutes later, and he already had the basics of the beat together. We had the frowned-up face. We both just like, "This shit is mean, son!" [Laughs] He's like, "Word? You like it? This ain't my normal style of makin' beats, but I know for that Wu-Tang style, I gotta make it a lil' choppy." I'm like, "Dog, leave that shit right there." He put his finishing touches on it, polishing, and then [reciting intro], "A mysterious force is loose somewhere in outer space." I was lucky enough to be there with a bunch of my peer niggas that I respect in Rap. Shout out to my dude Guru for makin' that happen, that's always been my dude. Shout out to Premier, that's my nigga too. Right place at the right time.

DX: The Wu-Tang Clan emcees defy age for the most part. How does it feel to be in your forties and still be rhyming young and challenging yourself?
Inspectah Deck: It's ill, 'cause I still look the same as I did then. I don't look my age, that's how I get over, number one. Number two, fuck that anyway. That shit bears get wiser with age. If anything, the shit that I'm kicking to you now is gonna be 10 times as potent as it was back then, 'cause I was a lil', wild nigga who was on that "I ain't give a fuck," I wasn't thinkin'. Now I'm putting thoughts into activation, dog. You can't withstand that. You can't wisdom, it comes at you too strong. That's what GZA used to say; the Wu is that wisdom. That [makes sound] when you swing that sword. You might throw a thousand blows at me, and I might get one. But it's that one!



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  • A.O.G

    Good looking with the interview HHDX. Good read. Uncontrolled Substance is a classic album!! but Deck havent really come correct with the production ever since, i wish he would produce albums with cuts like he do for his clansmen, cause Deck can def. hold it down with the production. I really want to support Deck, but i cant fuck with wu-artist albums if it aint got that wu sound though....

  • Laz

    Yeah; I leave scientists mentally scarred -- triple extra large Wild like rock stars who smash guitars Poison bars from the Gods bust holes in your mirage and catch a charge shake em down like the riot squad And they deserve ruin like ancient Rome; I span the universe and return to Earth to claim my throne The maker, owner, plus soul controller Ayatollah rest in the sky, the cloud's my sofa Stand like Collossus, regardless to whom or what Numerous attempts at my life, so who to trust Who but us, to supply you with the fire? The burning truth, 150 Absolut proof On the mic like Moses spoke in golden scribe Survivor of the oldest tribe whose soldiers died I notified families, we shed tears and more but our hands are the ammo cause the battle's still on Sound the horn; we come rumblin through the function Precise laser beam technique to touch somethin When we die hard, to build the monument to honor us with humungous effect in the world we could have conquered it

  • toby

    wu tang is still dope... hope this album is great

  • chronwell

    This album is a must cop!

  • Dope

    Deck is in my top 5 MC's no doubt, any Wu album's I'm up for


    Dope interview on this one. You can feel Deck's passion for his music by reading him break down some of his favorite verses and the fact that dude is still grinding heavy regardless of being an unsung hero and one of the hottest emcees out in the Wu. Deck's last LP, The Resident Patient was pretty dope. Dude did his thing production wise on 'My Style' and 'Get Your Weight Up'. I'll definitely be checking his new shit when it drops. Soulful Beats

  • kpanilaryea28

    i love deck but i hate to say it people but this will not be that hard! you can go to amazon and listen to it and from what i heard there are little to no wu tang sound. i was really gonna buy this but i may just end up dl a few songs offa itunes and wait for the wu massacre.

  • greystones

    Big Up to Deck... one of the best mc's still out there with the rest of the Wu. His part of C.R.E.A.M. still kills most of the albums out there nowadays. Shout out to the legendary Wu

  • Assassin221

    I may end up copping this, Deck is my favorite rapper out of the Wu, not in terms of his solo career because somehow the stars never aligned right to create a classic Wu album for him like with the rest, but if you put the whole Wu on a track Deck's verse is probably the one I'll be looking forward to the most. I don't know why he doesn't seem to get the same kind of love from his Clan as the rest of them though...

  • Best Rappers

    THEGODJUSTICE,Hell, Heltah Skeltah, SmithinWessan, BlackMoon, are all better than the Wu, Wutang is madd Overated, they beat selection is Ass, Bootcamp click has great beat selection, plus they better lyrically.I do not like Overated stuff, i tell u what else is Overated, Illmatic, alot of people say that the Best Hiphop album ever, Hell Naw,Ready 2 Die, Me Against The World destroys Illmatic, Even Dogg Food, and Doggstyle better, Nas best album is I Am, Hell, Stimatic better than Illmatic.

    • Manny Blanco from the Bronx

      Wow, you just publicly revealed that you don't know or appreciate good hip-hop. You should keep that in the closet. BCC is that ish, but to say that Wu-Tang and Illmatic are overrated can leave a n* speechless. You know why some people don't like Wu? It's because they were innovative and different. That is also what makes them great. As far as Illmatic goes: "deep like the Shining, sparkle like a diamond, sneak a Uzi on the Island in my army jacket lining, hit the Earth like a comet, invasion, Nas is like the afrocentric Asian, half man, half amazin".

    • Frank Da Tank

      Son, you sound stupid. Don't never disrespect the Wu. Them is niggaz is original, authentic hardcore hip hop. the lyrics, the sound, the concept is something that really can't be duplicated. Their whole catolog is light years before it's time. Respect the architects.

    • biggums

      you are an idiot.

    • nieg

      i'm no comedian by all means but why would someone name themselves wutang overated as hell

  • Hoodology

    Interviewer seemed to have forgotten that Method Man has worked with DJ Premier before as well. Twice in fact....once on Limp Bizkit's "All N 2 Gether Now" and again on Biggie's posthumous "Rap Phenomenon" with Redman.

  • Best Rappers

    Deck is by far the best out of Wu, Wu is really Overated tho, the Best Hiphop Group is the Bootcamp click,,the whole Bootcamp is all better than Wu,Buckshot by himself is better than all of the Wu except Deck , GZA probaly the second best out the Wu, but the rest of them are Overated as hell. Only song i love from Method man is Got my mind made up, the what, and all I need, but all those songs are with Legends tho, 2pac,Biggie and Mary J, and as far as Rae, I dont like none of his songs, he is by far the most overated, he really think he that tight tho,lol.

    • TheGodJustice

      Yo, I fucks with BCC, B.U.T U ARE REACHING BROTHER!!! BUCKSHOT BETTER THAN ALL OF THEM BY HIMSELF??? ARE YOU SERIOUS??!!! No, if HELTAH SKELTAH is better than BUCKSHOT, and GZA and REBEL INS is better than HELTAH SKELTAH (IMHO), than how in the HELL is BUCKSHOT better than GZA and DECK, let alone the whole WU?? GTFOH!!

  • Chops&Thangs

    Redro, You putting GZA in the "second tier" of Wu-tang? Instead of buying that next vile of crack you obviously smoking, go cop Liquid Swords. There's not one bad track on that album. Deck had ill verses on Above the Clouds and CREAM, but the one he layed down for Guillotine Swords mite be my favorite. Big up to the Rebel INS.

  • Fredz

    Deck is a true legend to me, I would hail the his opening on triumph might be my top favourite of all time. And above the clouds is just uncontestable with a perfect mix of Gurus and Decks simmilar technical style.

  • gavdude

    Love that Champion track, moody beat, great rhyming scheme. Copping this album first, Wu Massacre second if at all.

  • Redro

    Deck + Masta Killa + GZA = A Real Wu-Massacre? LOL! Yeah right.That's more like a Wu-Snoozefest. Let's face it: There's a hierarchy to the Wu...or two tiers if you will. Rae, Ghost, Dirty, Meth and Rza...and then U-God, Masta Killa, Gza and Deck. Not to say that the second tier can't rhyme, because they obviously can, but that lack the charisma, ferocity and overall presence of the true generals. Although I don't think the album will be good cause it's rushed, the concept of the Wu-Massacre album is to simply let the generals shine.

    • TheGodJustice

      Deck + Masta Killa + GZA = A Real Wu-Massacre? LOL! Yeah right.That's more like a Wu-Snoozefest. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Apparently you haven't heard "Duel of the Iron Mic," or "Breaker Breaker (Remix)." And there's a few other tracks with them together where the charisma, FEROCITY, and overall presence is all over the track. Then you have the nerve to say, "Let's face it." U are REALLY sleeping on them aren't you?? Yeah you said they could rhyme I cee that. B.u.t you playing them like they suck compared to the others. Especially with you saying it would be "morelike a Wu-Snoozefest." In the words of ED LOVER, "C'MON SON!!"

  • Mr Flamboyant

    Great interview. I'd like to see Deck get the support from his Wu Brethren for an entire album myself in the same manner how he comes thru for the other LPs. Yeah. The "Rap Phenonenom" just was a record I thought of when I read the comment regarding Deck being the only one on Preme production. Also if I recall, Rae had a song "Candyman" that was done by Preme which was supposed to be on Immobilarity... allegedly. Never came out, of course. Truthfully, I actually would like to see Cuban Linx Pt 3 with the first idea that Pt 2 had: the guest starring of Deck and GZA.

  • TheGodJustice

    "I leave scientists, mentally scarred triple extra large, wild like rockstars who smash guitars" If u leave scientists mentally scarred, then you are definitely a problem. When I heard him say that shit for the first time back in '98, I got the fuckin' ugly face bout to wild out in my Aunt's car, LOL!! Peace interview. The science behind "Show and Prove," "Above The Clouds," and his production skills were the best parts for me. And I've always felt that the "Above The Clouds" record was a good fit for the God, cause I've said that it had kind of WU-TANG feel to it. PREMO laced that track!! I didn't know DECK used a SADE sample first, b.u.t had to change it though later. I wonder how that sounded?? REBEL I keep ya sword sharp. Keep dropping those jewels G!! PEACE!! BTW, blessings to GURU!! Hope he comes out okay and hits the studio with PREMO again. ONE!!

  • Shockbox

    INS The Rebel!!=CLASSIC. No more needs to be said. Wu-Tang 4-Ever!!

  • -

    "Above The Clouds is one of the illest records that ever came out" true indeed. and the opening verse of triumph is unforgettable

  • Werd

    How you gonna say deck lacks a classic album, you musta never heard Uncontrolled Substance. I'll put that up there with liquid swords, ironman, ob4cl, supreme clientle...ect

  • sactown

    deck is the probalby th most "traditional" mc out of the wu. i think the fact he didn't have that gimmick (for lack of a better word) or the that outgoing personality come thru in his rhyhes is why he didn't blow. Deck+Masta Ace+GZA=a real wu massacre

    • sactown

      no doubt, i meant masta killa. LOL Anyway, does it sem like he was kinda thorwin a little shot at RZA? i mean dude can't be THAT busy to at least throw him 4 or 5 tracks. And what about Tru Master an Mathematics? i knwo they can't be that busy either. Liek these dudes on't understand their bread and butter is Wu. i mean everyone could have gave deck a verse. it takes maybe 2 hours, esp with all the e-mailing trakcs etc. lol BTW GZA is in my top 5 lyracist of all time but he's def 2nd tear in wu tang. Arabian Knight messed his whole careeer up with that wack production he gave him on Beneath the Surface.

    • Comptilla

      You mean Masta Killa? Yeah dope + streetlife.

  • Articulate1

    Great interview! Deck's verses on "Above the Clouds" and "Triumph", as well as "Tru Master", "Cold World", "C.R.E.A.M." and many others destroys the whole catalogue of a lot of artists. Now just make a solid album...he shoulda got a Premo beat for this one.

    • khordkutta

      Above the Clouds, man Ive listened to that ish about a hundred times and Decks verse is always amazzzzing to me. "I leave scientist mentally scarred, triple extra large, wild like rock stars, who smash guitars. Poison Bars from the gods, bust holes in your mirage, catch a charge, shakem down like the riot squad. In danger zone, ruined like ancient Rome, I span the universe, return to earth to claim my throne." Fuck!!!

  • 4th chamber

    Cny fukn wait for this and wu massacre

  • INOA

    Joe Budden always been a clown, but he proved that even more when he tried to get at Deck. Deck is that dude, always been

  • big braveheart

    What a fuckin' verse by Deck on Triumph! Classic shit! Deck & Gang Starr on Above The Clouds was the shit!

    • khordkutta

      Anytime GZA says, he doesnt want to get on a track after you, you know a muhfukka as said some classic ish. "Stomp Grounds, and Pound footprints in solid rock. Wu got it locked, performing live on your hottest block" Dayum!!!

  • nigmatics

    method man also rhymed over a primo beat on "all n together" with limp bizkit. PEACE TO INS.

  • moon1483

    Rebel INS still spitting ill bars. Truth

  • reiser

    "You are, to my knowledge, the only Wu-Tang Clan member who worked with DJ Premier" Nope, remember Rap Phenomenon off Biggie's Born Again album? Still, very good interview. Deck always fell short when it came to solo albums but he still managed to show potential on some songs, so I'll still check his new work here. I've been waiting for a more-than-average Deck album since when, 1997? 1998? Hope this'll be the right time...