Sometimes known as the Rebel INS, the rapper known to the world as Inspectah Deck burst on the scene with his Wu-Tang brethren back in 1993 on Enter The Wu-Tang 36 Chambers and did his thing on every song he rhymed on. While some folks were feeling Method Man, others feeling Raekwon and others still were on Ghostface, a select few rhyme fanatics jumped on the Inspectah Deck bandwagon. When his debut set Uncontrolled Substance, which got very little push from Loud Records, Deck furthered his reputation as a lyrical assassin among those dirty cats who prowl crowed clubs in search of a victim, but also like good music. That release went gold, but another set would not come from the Rebel INS for sometime. In the interim he did his thing on offerings from other Wu members and even appeared alongside deceased legend Tupac Shakur on a track and held his down like gravity.
Now, just when the world is in need of a hip-hop savior, Deck returns to start his own private rebellion. Titled The Movement, this set features production from the likes of Aguilar, Ayatollah and many others, Koch Entertainment is distributing this set. It is a welcome return from Deck and I was hella hyped when it landed in my lap. Eagerly plopping the disc into my CD player, I was instantly engrossed in the mind of Deck. Though I have been a Wu-Tang fan since day one, objectivity will be my charter on this trip. The very first song on the CD oozed that Wu-ish. “City High” has the soul samples, the steady beat, and the ever-present “triumph over hard times” theme is apparent. A decent song, but not great! The follow up is “That Shit.” I suppose it was meant to be a one of those rah-rah rowdy songs, but the beat is not incendiary enough to spark much in the listener. “Get Right” is the third song on the set and it’s not horrible, but ain’t that good either. At this point mediocrity is what I expected to hear the rest of the way. The next single is “The Movement” and it gets our attention immediately. The song is the best up to this point on the set. It’s dope and Wu fans can appreciate it. “Who Got It,” produced by Underdogs, is that classic type stuff I expected on the first two or three tracks. It’s a good offering. “Shorty Right There” keeps it going. You know it wouldn’t be a hip-hop album without a cat getting at some bird. “U Wanna Be” is a’ight as well, but not anything incredible. “Framed” is fire and I was cheesing when the beat dropped and the lyrics ripped. Featuring Deck alongside Kool G. Rap and Killa Sin, it also features a reggae chanted chorus that’s dope and used to great effect. Wasn’t feeling “Bumpin’ Grindin'” at all. Everything changed for me when I heard “Vendetta.” Now that’s what the F I’m talking about! The lyrics, the passion and the veracity of a Wu member on the track like he hasn’t eaten in a month. “The Stereotype” is cool, but it doesn’t touch “Vendetta.” It’s cool though, especially with the blaxploitation style chorus. “That Nigga” brings the quality back up again. Not as dope as “Vendetta,” but it’s doper than everything else. “Big City” tells the life of the hustler, thugs and money-chasers of the hood. It’s a story many of us are familiar with and can appreciate.
The CD is finished up with “Cradle To The Grave,” a somber offering to those that have lost a loved one. It serves its purpose and then some.