Uncontrolled Substance

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Uncontrolled Substance
Studio album by Inspectah Deck
Released October 5,1999
Recorded 1995/1997-1998 (on and off)
Genre Rap
Length 65:56
Label Loud/Relativity
Producer The RZA
Mitchell "Divine" Diggs, Inspectah Deck, Pete Rock, 4th Disciple, True Master, Mathematics
Inspectah Deck chronology
Uncontrolled Substance
The Movement
Wu-Tang Clan solo chronology
Beneath the Surface
Uncontrolled Substance
Ol' Dirty Bastard:
Nigga Please
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
A.V. Club (favorable)[2]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[4]
Q 3/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]
The Source 4/5 stars[7]
Spin 7/10 stars[8]
Vibe (favorable)[9]

Uncontrolled Substance is the solo debut album by rapper, and Wu-Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck, released on October 5, 1999, by Loud. Originally slated for release in 1997, the record was indefinitely postponed after a flood destroyed over 100 beats in RZA's basement, including his original productions for the album.[10] Eventually released two years later, Uncontrolled Substance received mostly positive reviews, and is Inspectah Deck's most critically acclaimed album to date. The album features Wu-Tang mainstays U-God and Masta Killa, and appearances from lesser-known affiliates Street Life, Killa Sin, and LA the Darkman. A music video was made for the song Word on the Street & it was directed by Gregory Dark. The album's liner notes state that it is dedicated to Inspectah Deck's late father, Frank Hunter.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Time Producer(s) Performer(s) Samples
1 "Intro" 2:01 Inspectah Deck
2 "Movas & Shakers" 4:33 RZA
  • Inspectah Deck
3 "9th Chamber" 2:51 4th Disciple
4 "Uncontrolled Substance" 5:00 Mathematics
  • Inspectah Deck
  • Additional vocals: Shadii
5 "Femme Fatale" 3:06 Inspectah Deck
  • Inspectah Deck
6 "The Grand Prix" 4:43 4th Disciple
  • First and fourth verses: Inspectah Deck
  • Second verse: Streetlife
  • Third verse: U-God
7 "Forget Me Not" 3:50 V.I.C.
  • Inspectah Deck
8 "Longevity" 4:40 True Master
  • First and third verses: Inspectah Deck
  • Second verse: U-God
9 "Word on the Street" 3:44 Inspectah Deck
  • Inspectah Deck
10 "Elevation" 3:15 Inspectah Deck
  • Inspectah Deck
11 "Lovin' You" 2:36 True Master
  • First and third verses: Inspectah Deck
  • Second verse: La the Darkman
12 "Trouble Man" 5:05 Pete Rock
13 "R.E.C. Room" 3:16 True Master
  • Inspectah Deck
14 "Friction" 3:36 RZA
  • First and third verses: Inspectah Deck
  • Second and fourth verses: Masta Killa
15 "Hyperdermix" 4:52 Inspectah Deck
  • Inspectah Deck
16 "Show N Prove" 4:08 The Blaquesmiths
  • Inspectah Deck
17 "The Cause" 4:35 Inspectah Deck
  • First and third verses: Inspectah Deck
  • Second and fourth verses: Streetlife



  1. ^ Conaway, Matt. Review: Uncontrolled Substance. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-01-24.
  2. ^ Rabin, Nathan. Review: Uncontrolled Substance. A.V. Club. Retrieved on 2010-01-24.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. Review: Uncontrolled Substance. Robert Christgau. Retrieved on 2010-01-24.
  4. ^ Columnist. "Review: Uncontrolled Substance". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Columnist. "Review: Uncontrolled Substance". Q: November 1999.
  6. ^ Lewis, Miles. Review: Uncontrolled Substance (Review is for Wu-Chronicles AND Uncontrolled Substance . Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2010-01-24.
  7. ^ Columnist. "Review: Uncontrolled Substance". The Source: November 1999.
  8. ^ Columnist. "Review: Uncontrolled Substance". Spin: September 1999.
  9. ^ Wilson, Elliot. Review: Uncontrolled Substance. Vibe. Retrieved on 2010-01-24.
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