Along with being a member of one of the most significant and impactful Hip-Hop collectives in recent history, "Inspectah Deck" (who was born Jason Hunter) of the Wu-Tang Clan has always carried on the tradition of being a talented and insightful MC within Hip-Hop's culture and arena proportionately. As illuminated by Inspectah Deck during this Montreality interview, he grew up with many of the original Wu members in Method Man, Raekwon, and Cappadonna in New York City's Park Hill Housing Projects.
It wouldn't be until after Inspectah's short stint in prison in 1991, would he be inspired to perfect and sharpen his lyrical sword that would be discovered by Wu-Tang's in-house producer, "RZA". RZA would convince Inspectah Deck to enlist in the Wu-Tang army and from there would prove his invaluable worth to the group's success by birthing one of the most memorable verses in Hip-Hop history. This verse appeared on Wu-Tang's sophomore group album, "Wu-Tang Forever" on the powerhouse track, "Triumph" that included Inspectah's eight other Wu conglomerates.
Outside of Wu's enthusiasts and fanatics, conventional wisdom has it that Inspectah's solo's efforts are very underrated which includes his initial 1999 debut project, "Uncontrolled Substance". Although, the album was pushed back two years for its release due to RZA's production being flooded in 1997 and therefore the album's was delayed but fortunately enough, the quality of the project would not be compromised. Inspectah Deck's omnipotent flow and silky-smooth delivery meshed with his own production efforts along with RZA's signature dirty Wu sound primed his listener's for an auditory journey to righteousness on the tracks, "Elevation" and "Show and Prove". Alternatively, Deck illuminates his plans to take over the world on the "True Master" produced track, "Longevity". Considering his lyrical prowess and Deck handling the multitude of the production, his initial debut truly highlights his versatility as an MC and artist alike.
Since the release of his debut effort, Deck has been featured on many classic Wu songs and has released two more solo studio efforts, "The Movement" and "Manifesto". It is reported that his final album, "Uncontrolled Substance II" was supposed to drop in 2014 and has since been highly anticipated by Wu-Tang and Hip-Hop enthusiasts respectively.
Be sure to check out a great Inspectah Deck interview here and be sure to also peep some of his best music below!