The release of A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin’ Problem” may have been the all-star hip hop collaboration nabbing the most blog headlines last week, but it wasn’t the only noteworthy team-up to emerge from the rap world in the past few days. After teasing audiences with a couple leaks, the entirety of the soundtrack to RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists (due October 22nd) was put up for streaming, unearthing a good handful of highly anticipated posse cuts.
One of the most craved was “Tick Tock”, a track bringing together the talents of Pusha T, Raekwon, Joell Ortiz and Danny Brown and, as anything boasting a Clipse-meets-Slaughterhouse-meets-Wu Tang +1 dream-team should go, it doesn’t disappoint.
Draped in a deliciously dark and noir-ish atmosphere from producers Frank Dukes and S-1, the men here paint a titillating portrait of the omnipresent dangers of crime world living with a novel-like vividness, serving evocative descriptions of everything from the drug trade’s inner-workings to the constant state of gun-palmed paranoia that arises when you can’t even trust the private intentions of your next-door neighbor or maybe/ maybe not-loyal lady love.
Toss in a colorful, near-track-stealing closing verse from Brown (“Got the tongue of a pimp, raised by a dirty preacher/ That used the church money to cop a new Beamer/ Got the heart of a child, raised by a prostitute/ That bought his Mama the rubbers when a john came through…”) and “Tick Tock” ends up sounding like the birth of a hip hop supergroup we wouldn’t mind copping an entire full length from.
Let’s all light a candle and pray that this happens in the Two Thousand and Thirteen.