Inspectah Deck – The Movement: #571 of best 1,000 albums ever!

Inspectah Deck - The Movement

So why is Inspectah Deck’s The Movement on this best 1,000 albums ever thing?

It took me some time back in the day to connect the dots between the Wu-Tang Clan and the vast amount of albums that the clan/collective started (and continues) to produce as solo artists and in various combinations. Inspectah Deck’s The Movement was one of the first Wu-Tang alum solo albums that I can recall owning on compact disc, and lead me down to the path to many subsequent sonic riches.

The Movement was released in 2003, a relatively short time after the horror and tragedy of 9/11. Being a Long Island, New York native and one time NYC resident, there’s something about the album that connects me to my great love for New York City*. Musically, the album has a spare but exciting production, and Deck’s gruff yet nimble flow makes for a very Wu-Tang and NYC flavor that all just connects really well.

* Beastie Boys’ To the 5 Boroughs from 2004, and especially the brilliant track, “An Open Letter to NYC,” also epitomizes this feeling and mood.

The title track, “The Movement,” gives me the sensation of walking down a street in New York City. If you’ve spent any time in NYC, you know that the city has a special energy that’s unlike anywhere else on the planet. And the production is such a great blend of gritty hip hop break beats with exciting keyboard and horn samples.

Speaking of samples, the pretty yet slightly spooky xylophone riff on “Get Right” is just perfect, and overall the track has a pleasing, aggressive tempo and a very old school hip hop feel.

The soul sample on “Who Got It” is hypnotic and groovy, and Deck gets into a great lyrical groove himself here.

Some stats & info about Inspectah Deck – The Movement

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Rap, Hip Hop, East Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!  
  • All Music’s rating4 out of 5 stars
  • When was The Movement released? 2003
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #571 out of 1,000

Inspectah Deck’s The Movement on Spotify

A lyrical snippet from Inspectah Deck’s The Movement that’s evocative of the album in some way, maybe

Want to measure my size? I rise above the norm, the urban icon ridin’ on the eye of the storm, fool.

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