Artist: Cappadonna featuring Method Man and U-God
Title: "Supa Ninjaz"
Producer: True Master
Album: The Pillage (1998)
Perennial weed carrier-slash-gypsy cab driver Cappadonna may have exceeded the expectations of those of his ilk, as he is officially considered to be the tenth member of the Wu-Tang Clan, a late addition spurred by his solid, if not scene-stealing, appearances on tracks by Wu generals Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. Hell, the group's ringleader, The RZA, liked him so much that he helped the man release his debut album, The Pillage, on Razor Sharp Records (a label I understand he recently RZArected (I see what I did there), although the only act signed at the moment appears to be Nathaniel, that crooner that contributed heavily into fucking up A Better Tomorrow). Which isn't a big deal, except for the fact that Cappadonna released his own solo record before Inspectah Deck and Masta Killa, and even has its share of hardcore fans, at least given the weird amount of sudden interest in The Pillage on my blog's page views.
However, as karmic comeuppance for his short-lived success, he gets absolutely slaughtered on his own song by U-God. Fucking U-God. And this was before Golden Arms started taking his pen game more seriously (read: Dopium, The Keynote Speaker).
Fucking 1998 U-God.
I suppose he never really had a chance, though. "Supa Ninjaz", the fifth track on The Pillage, just so happens to contain a verse from Lucky Hands that is, in my humble opinion, the best he's ever done, hands down, no bullshit, followed closely by a Method Man contribution that shines like the goddamn sun, as he promised that his second album "T2: Judgement Day" was coming (it hit store shelves seven months later, albeit with the title Tical 2000: Judgement Day, but he was close, for fuck's sake) while reminding both hip hop heads and critics alike that the dude could be fucking nice when he gave a shit, and Method Man is nothing if not a team player.
True Master's instrumental uses its hard-hitting drums to grab your attention, while Baby Uey and Johnny Blaze chant "rock your body, body" during the intro, which I know sounds dumb as hell when you read it, but trust me, this shit works. Too well, in my opinion: it lulls you into a false sense of security, one which U-God rips to shreds with his opening verse, possibly the first time I ever thought the guy had actually earned his spot in the Wu-Tang Clan.
There is no personal backstory here: I discovered this track during my first listen of The Pillage, which I had picked up from a Circuit City (remember those? I kind of miss them) the day of its release. (I also remember stopping at a Burger King on the way home that day, in case you care about such details.) The Pillage dropped at a time when I felt the Wu could do no wrong: even their misfires had many jewels hidden within them, I wholeheartedly believed as a lifelong stan. Obviously, I was proven wrong with the march of time there, but "Supa Ninjaz" stands firm amongst the better Wu-Tang posse cuts in hip hop history.
Also, I like Cappadonna's verse. Not as much as the others, but the track still bangs.
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