Eclypse For Wu-International.com
Date: 24th, February, 2011
This album was completed
originally as a demo to present to showcase us as individual
artists as well as in the group Ė Watchmen. We really wanted
it to reach RZA specifically, but somehow that never
happened, and we took a break until the double CD. Some of
us knew each other through previous projects, etc. but
became a group due to our love for the grimy style of
hip-hop we do. That is a rarity where we live in South
Florida. The Power album was basically written and recorded
in about a week one summer in 2006. All of our tracks were
done by Blackís friend and producer, Analog. We thought his
sound was perfect for what we were trying to do at the time.
So, we got together at BlackMaskís house every day to bounce
ideas off each other , write, and eventually record our
vocals (in his bathroom). Weíve come a long way since then!
POWER is quite a bit rougher than our double CD. Listening
to it now, we all hear small imperfections and things we
would have liked to change Ė as most artists usually do
after a project is done. But overall, I think itís a great
reflection of our roots in being strictly lyrical and just
loving real hip hop music. We have plenty more where that
all came from. BULLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dishonor (BlackMask, Cipher, & 7th
7ign): I was surprised that this was the first track
on the album. I guess to me it sounds like we just
jumped right in and let it rip. The guys seemed to have
fun with this one. They got into it of course, when
trying to decide whose verse should go where. Eventually
it ended up the way it is, though. This was one of the
first times I got to see Cipher at work with the hooks.
Definitely one of his strong points!
Bloody Palm (All): This is one of
my favorite tracks weíve done. Itís simple, yet on
point. I think it really captured who we are as a team Ė
almost introductory, if you will. Whatís funny is that
Pro and Cipher both wrote their verses using everybodyís
names, but since they did it so differently and both
were on point, we rolled with it anyway. One of my
favorite verses from Prox by the way.
Devilís Dagger, Heavenís Glory (All):
Honestly, I remember us all having a hard time writing
to this track. I was trying to stay in mc mode, but I
couldnít help but use singing for the hook. The track
was pretty low key, but once we had a hook, it all
seemed to come together. I remember playing around with
the way I should sing it, and of course I wanted to
layer it all up and make it sound pretty, but the guys
insisted we keep it raw. Iím used to hearing it now. Lol.
Final Hour (Cipher, Prox, & BlackMask):
I think we all felt
this track when we first heard it. It was nice to hear
that sample used in a different way from the Wu-Tang
Forever cd. Simply lyrical.
Who We Are (BlackMask):
We felt it was only fitting to introduce who we are
individually. BlackMask obliged. Lol.
Everyone Of Us (Pro, 7th 7ign, &
Once again, Ciph and the hooks, what can I say? Lyrics
all day. Iím sure 7th was somewhere cracking on somebody
during this process (as usual). We had fun with it.
Please (Eclypse, Pro, & Prox):
We all took it somewhere personal on this one, I
think. Obviously I had a bad day. During this time of my
life, I was seriously going through some stuff, so I
took it out on the mic. Lol.
Curtains (BlackMask, Pro, & Eclypse):
Of all the tracks, we had the hardest time writing this
one. I know I wasnít really feeling it, but once we got
the concept together, I put together the hook and we
started filling in the blanks. I like to play around
with my rhyme schemes, so I eventually decided to have
fun with it. I think it came out well, though.
Power (All): Loved the Queen
sample. I loved Flash Gordon as a kid, so this track was
pretty nostalgic for me. If I remember correctly, this
was the first one we recorded altogether. The energy in
the room was great. I think we were kind of showcasing
what we were about for one another.
Torture Chamber (Prox, 7th 7ign, &
Eclypse): This one was fun to do, because we all
felt the energy of the track and just went in as hard as
we could. I remember when we were wrapping up, Black,
Pro, and I were the only ones left and we realized there
was no hook on this one. It was like 3 am, and Black was
writing this crazy ass hook. But through the fatigue and
all, he decided to let Pro lay it. They added me to give
it a really sinister sound. Crazy, but it worked. One of
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