Well I guess I’m going to have to eat my words about RZA not being a producer that has big builds in his music usually, cuz he produced this one too and it’s one of the most effective builds I’ve heard in rap. I feel like this song illustrates better than any other song I’ve heard the idea of reaching a breaking point and having to change your whole attitude to adapt to circumstances.
Wu-Tang Clan – I Can’t Go To Sleep (feat. Isaac Hayes)
The beat starts out so emotional and mournful, and after it builds to that unbearable climax, it totally flips and switches to a sound that feels more like embracing that dark side and living with it and giving up on a lot of those feelings you were having, for better or worse. And the lyrics match perfectly. It hits so hard when that build ends during RZA’s verse and he comes in all off-beat and aggressive going “Walkin’ through park hill drunk as a fuck…” It’s a beautiful representation of what happens every day, unfortunately, to so many people. And with Isaac Hayes jumpin in here and there, fuckin perfect.