MUSIC: ANOTHER WU

A HARD-CORE RAP GROUP MOVES TOWARD UPLIFT

Double albums in hip-hop tend to be as unnecessarily tedious as two-part sitcom episodes and director's-cut home videos. Even the late rap superstars Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. released disappointing double CDs that were heavy on gangsta attitude and light on well-crafted songs. Last week the hard-core rap group Wu-Tang Clan came out with theirs, Wu-Tang Forever (Loud/RCA). Given the fact that the group's last album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) had been lauded in hip-hop circles for its labyrinthine lyrics and creatively jagged production, the new CD was highly anticipated. And indeed, it arrives as a more imaginative and...

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