The Lex Diamond Story RAEKWON The Lex Diamond Story (Universal) The Wu-Tang Clanner's third solo disc is a blast of cryptic verbiage and slang-loaded crime narratives, recalling a not-so-distant… The Lex Diamond Story RAEKWON The Lex Diamond Story (Universal) The Wu-Tang Clanner's third solo disc is a blast of cryptic verbiage and slang-loaded crime narratives, recalling a not-so-distant… 2003-12-16 Raekwon
Music Review

The Lex Diamond Story (2003)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Dec 16, 2003; Lead Performance: Raekwon

RAEKWON The Lex Diamond Story (Universal)

The Wu-Tang Clanner's third solo disc is a blast of cryptic verbiage and slang-loaded crime narratives, recalling a not-so-distant past (the mid-'90s) when the Wu's wordy and weird style was actually popular. The Staten Island MC's rhyme skills are sharp as ever -- the cinematic storytelling is Scorsese-esque, and his choppy, blunt flow attacks like a pissed-off pit bull. Sadly, though, the workmanlike production from lesser-known beatmakers (there's no RZA here) makes this comeback merely good, not great.

Originally posted Jan 09, 2004 Published in issue #745 Jan 09, 2004 Order article reprints
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