EP Review | Prince Rakeem (RZA) – Ooh, I Love You Rakeem

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Wow. The RZA used to be really different… This was his first major project. It’s also the second and last project from a Wu-Tang member before the official formation of the group. It was released by Tommy Boy Records on July 1st in 1991, under the name Prince Rakeem, as you can see. Technically, this EP is 8 tracks long, but there are really only three songs here. Most of the tracks are remixes of the same song. I’m expecting this to be terrible. Every track is self produced.

Track 1: Ooh, We Love You Rakeem

Oh my fucking God. This hook is fucking God awful. He’s singing, and it’s just awful. This is less boring than the majority of what appeared on Words From The Genius, but for all the wrong reasons. This beat isn’t very good. It’s not terrible, but nah. I’m not feelin’ it. It’s not awful tho. It’s just not good. Apparently RZA doesn’t eat pussy. At least, he didn’t at the time of this project’s release. “I kiss the bosom, but never eat the daisies.” How am I supposed to believe that he was constantly surrounded by thirsty women if he wasn’t even comfortable eatin’ pussy? I mean, I would understand if it was eatin’ ass because that shit is absolutely foul, but pussy eatin’? I guess there are women out there who’s pussies I wouldn’t eat. I don’t think that I would… Wait a minute… Why am I still talking about this? Lemme get back to talking about the actual song… I wasn’t feelin’ the first verse. The way he was rhymin’ just sounded so amateurish. He sounded like a 5th grader writing secret inappropriate limericks in English class. This is a far cry from the grimy shit on 36 Chambers. I’m not feelin’ this shit. My biggest problem with the song is the actual topic. I’m not interested in hearing about how many chicks rappers get. It’s just boring. I’m not feelin’ this shit. I don’t think it’s terrible. It’s honestly better than I expected it to be. Don’t get it twisted tho; it’s still wack. Just not as wack as I thought it would be… The music video was actually kinda cool. It wasn’t great, but at least it was different. He wasn’t just rapping to the camera like most rappers do these days. The song’s wack tho. 2/5

Track 2: Deadly Venoms

This beat is pretty underwhelming. He’s goin’ in now. He said some shit about “some old freestyle type of slick slang,” and that’s exactly what it sounds like. I hope he was serious about this bein’ a freestyle because this is pretty bad. “Go out like Bo, and act like you know / That you can’t beat me or bring me / The least bit of harm / Uh-uh, ah-ah.” This is pretty wack so far. The rest of the verse isn’t as bad as that, but it’s not that much better. The way he ended it was kinda cool tho. At the end of the third verse he was rappin’ about how he’ll fuck any girl in the world, including your grandmama. Apparently he would fuck that Statue of Liberty if it was possible. That’s definitely the most interesting shit he’s said on this track so far. The song just ended. Nah. It’s not doin’ anything for me. The production is really flat. I’m not feelin’ the beat. The verses ranged from wack to mediocre. There wasn’t really a hook; just a break between each verse. The structure of this song is similar to that of every song on Words From The Genius. I’m not really feelin’ this shit. It may not have a terrible hook like Ooh, We Love You Rakeem, but it’s a lot more boring than that track. This is wack to me. 2/5

Track 3: Sexcapades (Co-Prod. Easy Mo Bee)

There are two versions of this song on the EP. Well… Technically there are five versions, but the last two are just instrumental versions of the first two, and the third is a clean version of the first one. The first version is the DMD Mix. It’s starting now. This hook is wack. The way the beat builds up is so bad. It’s really annoying. I can tell Easy Mo Bee added that shit in the background because he did that a lot on Words From The Genius. This is pretty much just a slightly more vulgar version of the first track. I’m not feelin’ this beat. The first verse wasn’t good. His flow is all over the place on this one. The song just ended. That shit was terrible. The beat is awful. With each verse he’s just rappin’ about how he met some random chick and then fucked her. I should’ve known that a song by Prince Rakeem called Sexcapades was gonna be wack. I really don’t like this. There’s not a single thing about this song that I like. It’s wack af to me. The second version of this is the Wu-Tang mix. I guess this was remixed after the Clan was formed. This version has a much better beat. I’m still not feelin’ this track tho. Should I give these tracks two separate scores? They’re the same song; they just have different beats. Fuck it. I’ll just rate it once. This shit is wack af. 1/5

Final Thoughts:

That shit was wack. There’s no reason for anyone to check this out. Even if you’re the biggest Wu-Tang fan in the world, you don’t need to be listening to this bullshit. It’s clear that he didn’t know what he was doing at the time. He sounds just like The Genius. I feel like I just listened to three bonus tracks from Words From The Genius. This isn’t good. The lackluster production, weak bars, and terrible hooks are enough for me to say that even the worst Wu-Tang stans would call this wack. It’s just not good at all. The one track that we got where he wasn’t rapping about girls was Deadly Venom, and even that shit was wack. He was tryin’ to spit, but he wasn’t really sayin’ shit. It was so boring. That’s pretty much it. Don’t listen to this shit. You DEFINITELY shouldn’t buy. You can only get it from Amazon or Discogs anyway. Nobody should spend their money on this. It’s wack. Hopefully this is the wackest Wu-Tang project I’ll ever hear. Hopefully.

Favorite Song: Ooh, We Love You Rakeem

Least Favorite Song: Sexcapades




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