Inspectah Deck

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Inspectah Deck
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Inspectah Deck performing with the Wu-Tang Clan.
Background information
Birth name Jason Hunter
Born (1970-07-06) July 6, 1970 (age 44)
The Bronx, New York City, New York
Origin Staten Island, New York
Genres Hip Hop
Occupations Rapper, Producer, actor
Years active 1991–present
Labels Loud, Relativity, Koch, Urban Icon, Traffic
Associated acts Wu-Tang Clan, The Housegang, Kurupt, Gang Starr, Big Pun, 7L & Esoteric

Jason Hunter, (born July 6, 1970) better known by his stage name Inspectah Deck, is an American rapper, producer, and member of the Wu-Tang Clan. Although he has not gained the same level of mainstream success in his solo career as some of his Wu-Tang counterparts like Method Man,[1] he has acquired critical praise for his intricate lyricism, and for his verses on many of the group's most revered songs.[2] He has grown to become a producer in his own right, taking up tracks for fellow clansmen and his own projects.

Background[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born July 6, 1970, Hunter routinely mentions the Park Hill Projects in Clifton, Staten Island, where he grew up, going to school with the future Method Man, Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah.[3] Coming from a musical family, his father died when he was six years old, and seeing his mother support the family contributed to his laid-back, quiet mentality; this led to his stage name, as he decided to play a low-key counterbalance to the antics of Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and RZA.[4] This is also referenced by Method Man at the end of the track "Can it Be All So Simple?" on Wu-Tang's debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) :

Inspectah Deck, he's like that dude that'll sit back and watch you play yourself and all that right? And see you sit there and know you lyin; and he'll take you to court after that, cuz he the Inspectah.

Despite this inconspicuous persona, Inspectah Deck maintained a relatively high profile, as he was the second most featured member on the album, and provided highly acclaimed verses for the singles "C.R.E.A.M.," "Protect Ya Neck," "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta Fuck Wit," and "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'." In the years following, Hunter would appear on several Wu members' solo projects, including Method Man's Tical (1994), Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… (1995), GZA's Liquid Swords (1995), and Ghostface Killah's Ironman (1996). On Wu-Tang's second group album, Wu-Tang Forever (1997), Deck produced the track "Visionz" and contributed a solo track, "The City", as well as writing one of the most critically acclaimed verses in hip-hop on the group's hit single "Triumph". He would also provide production for some of his Wu cohorts, including "Elements" and "Spazzola" for Method Man's Tical 2000: Judgement Day (1998), "Kiss of a Black Widow" for RZA's RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo (1998), and the title track for GZA's Beneath the Surface (1999).

Solo career[edit]

Inspectah Deck's debut album Uncontrolled Substance was initially set for a late 1997 release, however, this experienced several delays due to a flood in producer RZA's basement studio, which destroyed over one hundred beats, including those made for the album. Wu-Tang affiliate Cilvaringz stated in a 2010 interview "Recently Deck pulled out some disks from the flood and they worked again and he used one for his upcoming album on Koch."[5] In September 1999, Uncontrolled Substance was released, and featured more of Deck's own production, and appearances from several lesser known affiliates. The album received generally favorable reviews from music critics, but failed to garner the reception attained by earlier Wu-Tang solo projects. Shortly after this release, Deck returned to the Wu-Tang fold for the group albums The W (2000), and Iron Flag (2001).

In 2003, Inspectah Deck released his second studio album, The Movement (which he would later state did not live up to his expectations),[6] and in 2006, he released The Resident Patient, intended as a precursor to The Movement. In 2007, the rapper reconvened with the Wu-Tang Clan to record the group album 8 Diagrams. Along with Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck partook in the controversy, sparked when several group members disparaged RZA's tight artistic control of the album, championing Ghost's album The Big Doe Rehab. In regards to these disagreements, Deck stated in an interview:

I feel like we have to give them a newer, better album such as the new Ghost album. I’m not saying that’s the truth either. I’m just saying that his album sounds like what a Wu-Tang album should sound like, but it’s him by himself.

Around this time the rapper announced two projects: a collaborative album called Czarface with Boston's 7L & Esoteric featuring the legendary DJ Premier [7] and his up-coming solo album The Rebellion, confirming production from RZA and the Wu-Elements; it is now set to come after The Resident Patient II, and will reportedly be his final album as a solo artist.[8]

On March 23, 2010, Inspectah Deck released his third solo album Manifesto, which features guest-appearances from Raekwon, Cormega, Termanology, Planet Asia, Cappadonna, Kurupt, and M.O.P.'s Billy Danze. In 2008, a mixtape entitled The Resident Patient II was leaked on to the internet; this features some original material, as well as freestyles over other artists' songs. Inspectah Deck stated in an interview that The Manifesto was meant to be the originally announced full-length sequel, Resident Patient II.

Since early 2010, Inspectah Deck has begun work on "Czarface" and The Rebellion, and has expressed his interest in working with several Wu-Tang members, as well as Snoop Dogg, E-40, Nas & Jadakiss on the album. He had mentioned in an interview with Conspiracy Radio that he will only retire from solo albums if the fans don't show support for The Manifesto and The Rebellion.[9] He has also mentioned his plans to release an instrumental album of his own production, entitled 'The Bodyrock Volume 1', which is inspired by the instrumental albums released by Alchemist, Ayatollah, and Pete Rock.[10] On February 11, 2013, in an interview with HipHopDX, Inspectah Deck stated that he also has an upcoming album with producer Agallah in the works.[11] He recently confirmed via Twitter that he has changed the name of his final album to "Uncontrolled Substance II," a sequel to his debut album; that will be produced primarily by RZA.[12][13]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B US
Rap
Uncontrolled Substance 19 3
The Movement 137 29
The Resident Patient
Manifesto 69
Czarface
(with 7L & Esoteric)
34
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US R&B
US Rap
"Let Me at Em"
(with Wu-Tang Clan)
1995 Tales from the Hood
"Semi-Automatic Rap Full Metal Jacket"
(featuring U-God and Streetlife)
1996 High School High
"REC Room" 1998 Uncontrolled Substance
"Forget Me Not" 1999
"Show N Prove (Power of God)"
"Word on the Street"
"Movas & Shakers"
"The Movement" 2003 The Movement
"City High"
"Bumpin' and Grindin'"
"Vendetta"
"Big City"
"He's a Rebel" N/A
"The Champion" 2010 Manifesto
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Mr. Sandman" 1994 Method Man, RZA, Street Life, Carlton Fisk, Blue Raspberry Tical
"Cold World" 1995 GZA Liquid Swords
"Duel of the Iron Mic" GZA, Ol'Dirty Bastard Masta Killa
"Guillotine (Swordz)" Raekwon, GZA, Ghostface Killah Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
"Assassination Day" 1996 Ghostface Killah, RZA, Raekwon, Masta Killa Ironman
"Semi-Automatic Rap Full Metal Jacket" U-God, Street Life High School High
"Wu-Tang Cream Team Line Up" 1998 Raekwon, Harlem Hoodz, Killa Sin, Method Man 60 Minutes of Funk Vol. III
"One More to Go (The Earthquake) Deadly Venoms, GZA, Method Man, Street Life, Cappadonna Antidote
"Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy)" Big Pun, Prodigy Capital Punishment
"Cross My Heart" Killah Priest, GZA Heavy Mental
"Above the Clouds" Gang Starr Moment of Truth
"S.O.S." Street Life Wu-Tang Killa Bees: The Swarm
"Tru Master" Pete Rock, Kurupt Soul Survivor
"Play IV Keeps" Method Man, Hell Razah, Mobb Deep, Street Life Tical 2000: Judgement Day
"Spazzola" Method Man, Masta Killa, Street Life, Killa Sin, Raekwon
"Rumble" 1999 U-God, Method Man Golden Arms Redemption
"Make Cents" I.G.T. N/A
"Forget Me Nots" N/A
"The Authentic (Street)" 2000 Ruthless Bastards
"Verbal Slaughter" The Dwellas The Last Shall Be First
"Speaking Real Words" 2001 7L & Esoteric The Soul Purpose
"X (Y'all Know the Name)" 2002 X-Ecutioners, Pharoahe Monch, Skillz, Xzibit Built From Scratch
"Sparring Minds" GZA Legend of the Liquid Sword
"Killa Beez" RZA, U-God, Suga Bang Bang, Blue Raspberry Wu-Tang Killa Beez: The Sting
"Get Away From the Door" Cappadonna The Struggle
"Bump and Grind" Fat Man Scoop Party Breaks
"Always NY" Mathematics Love, Hell or Right
"Street Rap" 2004 Mareko White Sunday
"Silverbacks" Masta Killa, GZA No Said Date
"A Star is Born" 2005 Street Life Street Education
"On a Mission" YOR123 & Skandaali Around the World
"A Ha (Remix)" Mos Def Tale #10
"Strawberries & Cream" Mathematics, Ghostface Killah, RZA The Problem
"Spot Lite" Mathematics, Method Man, U-God, Cappadonna
"Move Unheard" 2006 Cappadonna, Joe Young Cash & Grams
"Everything" Method Man, Street Life 4:21... The Day After
"9 Milli Bros." Wu-Tang Clan Fishscale
"Street Corner" Masta Killa, GZA Made in Brooklyn
"Piece of the Pie" 2007 Pop Shuvit Freakshow Vol 1 : Tales of The Travelling Tunes
"I Don't Wanna Go Back" Joe Young Gorilla Street Gang
"Rap Burglars" Raekwon Wu-Tang Clan & Friends: Unreleased
"You Can't Stop Me Now" 2008 RZA Digi Snacks
"You Already Know" 2009 Kool G. Rap, Suga Bang Bang The RZA Presents: Afro Samurai Resurrection OST
"Kill Too Hard" U-God, Masta Ace Wu-Tang Chamber Music
"Harbor Masters" Ghostface Killah, AZ
"Sound the Horns" Sadat X, U-God
"Symphonies" Phil Anastasia The Symphony
"On Tha Run" D. Dermz N/A
"House of Flying Daggers" Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, GZA Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II
"Black Mozart" Raekwon
"Mean Streets" Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Suga Bang Bang
"Kiss The Ring" Raekwon, Masta Killa
"Rockstars" Raekwon, GZA
"Gunshowers" 2010 Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Sun God Wu-Massacre
"Chop Chop Ninja" 2011 Raekwon Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang
"Never Feel This Pain" U-God, Tre Williams Legendary Weapons
"The Road" Masta Killa, Bronze Nazareth School for the Blindman
"Put God First" Cappadonna, Solomon Childs The Pilgrimage
"Honey's Look Good" Cappadonna
"How You Do That" 2012 Illmaculate, OnlyOne Skrill Talk
"Chairmen of da Barz" Two Tungs, Spleen 2000 and Now or Never
"Different Times Zones" Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch Wu Block
"Bust Shots" Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch
"Get live" 2013 Dynasty Beyond measure
"Devotion to the Saints" Killah Priest, Ghostface Killah The Psychic World of Walter Reed
"Blood on the Cobblestones" Ghostface Killah, U-God Twelve Reasons to Die
"Murder Spree" Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, U-God, Killa Sin
"An Unexpected Call (The Set Up)" Ghostface Killah
"4 Horsemen" Mathematics, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon The Answer
"Mt. Everest" U-God, Elzhi The Keynote Speaker

Production Credits[edit]

1995

Wu-Tang Clan - Tales from the Hood The Soundtrack

  • "Let Me at Them"

1997

Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Forever

  • "Visionz"

1998

Inspectah Deck (ft. Streetlife) - Wu-Tang Killa Bees: The Swarm

  • "S.O.S."

Method Man - Tical 2000: Judgement Day

  • "Spazzola"
  • "Elements"

RZA - Bobby Digital in Stereo

  • "Kiss of a Black Widow"

1999

GZA - Beneath The Surface

  • "Beneath The Surface"

Inspectah Deck - Uncontrolled Substance

  • "Femme Fatale"
  • "Word on the Street"
  • "Elevation"
  • "Hyperdermix"
  • "The Cause"

U-God - Golden Arms Redemption

  • "Glide"

2000

Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele

  • "Stay True"

2001

Cappadonna - The Yin and the Yang

  • "Revenge"

2005

Streetlife - Street Education

  • "A Star Is Born"

2006

Inspectah Deck - The Resident Patient

  • "Get Ya Weight Up"
  • "My Style"

2009

Fes Taylor - Flight 10304 (T-2 Fly)

  • "Show Something"
  • "CMG Salutes La Banga"

2010

Inspectah Deck - Manifesto

  • "Luv Letter"
  • "T.R.U.E."
  • "We Get Down"
  • "9th Chamber Part II"
  • "Really Real"

2013

Masta Killa - Selling My Soul

  • "R U Listening?"

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