If 2015’s disjointed Fly International Luxury Art groaned under the weight of its big-name guest spots, Raekwon’s seventh solo album finds him operating a more selective door policy. While Cee-Lo Green (on a heartfelt tribute to Marvin Gaye) and Lil Wayne both feature, tellingly there isn’t a single cameo from any of his Wu-Tang colleagues. The more direct style works well, the Chef’s own slick flow getting far greater prominence. Imperious crime drama Crown of Thorns and the menace of Nothing both impress, while M&N, featuring Raekwon protege Pure, is a bravura masterclass in quick-witted alliteration. A welcome return to form.
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Phil Mongredien works on the Guardian's opinion desk. He also reviews albums for Q magazine