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Review Text The second solo album by Mathematics features guest appearances from the entire current membership of the Wu-Tang Clan. On a basic level, The Problem is a concept album against black-on-black violence, but there's an admirable restraint here, a relative lack of "can't we all get along?" naïveté and only the bare minimum of preachiness. Instead, songs like "Bullet Scar," "Can I Rise," and "Tommy" are no-punches-pulled rap parables, stories that end badly for everyone involved with a subtle implied moral. Elsewhere, new versions of familiar Wu-Tang tracks like "John 3:16" (featuring Method Man) and "Strawberries & Cream" (a new slower and more effective version of "Strawberry" from Ghostface Killah's 2001 album, Bulletproof Wallets) are enhanced by Mathematics' skillful mix of samples and original riffs, and the '70s-inspired "Two Shots of Henny" echoes back to the party rap vibe of the old days: five MCs passing the mike over a flexible funk beat with the album's most insistently catchy chorus in between. The album is filled with typical Wu-Tang Clan loopiness -- songs are continually interrupted by a sample threateningly intoning "If you got something to say, why don't you just say it?" -- but as one of the first major Wu-Tang-related releases since the sudden death of Ol' Dirty Bastard, The Problem shows that the collective's core remains strong. ~ Stewart Mason

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Intro - 1:56
  2. 2. C What I C - 4:25
  3. 3. Strawberries & Cream - 4:06
  4. 4. Can I Rise - 4:22
  5. 5. John 3:16 - 3:15
  6. 6. Winta Sno - 4:37
  7. 7. Two Shots of Henny - 4:27
  8. 8. Bullet Scar - 2:59
  9. 9. Real Nillaz - 5:58
  10. 10. Coach Talk - 4:49
  11. 11. Rush - 4:51
  12. 12. U.S.A. - 4:27
  13. 13. Tommmy - 5:55
  14. 14. Break That - 3:59
  15. 15. Spot Lite - 1:36

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6/28/05 

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