Philly hip-hop master Small Professor plays his third card of Japan-referencing releases with Yokozuna, a brand new EP featuring 8 remixed tracks from Gigantic Vol. 1 right after October’s Cool Story, Pro and Cool Haiku, Pro, released three weeks ago. Yokozuna rounds out the trio with a brand new song, “The Easiest Way” with Guilty Simpson, and revisits the track “Spare Razor” also with Guilty Simpson & Reef the Lost Cauze. There’s also a hypnotic new version of “When The Last Leaf Falls” by Has-Lo of Wrecking Crew. Stream the album in its entirety below.
We’ve been hearing about this project for a couple years now – Wu-Tang Pulp, an homage to hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan featuring Philly MCs Curly Castro, Has-Lo and Zilla Rocca. Individual teaser tracks have popped up here and there, and this week the entire collection surfaced as a name-your-own-price download.
But what is it, exactly? A covers record? Those don’t look like Wu-Tang song-titles. They don’t sound like familiar Wu-Tang beats. Are they deep cuts and rarities? Are they never-released jams? Might The Wrecking Crew be be such fans / obsessives that they’re into a whole other depth of Wu obscuro nerdery? Note the “Pulp” in the album title – these are comic book loving dudes, after all. Continue reading