Uncontrolled Substance

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Uncontrolled Substance
Studio album by Inspectah Deck
Released October 5, 1999
Recorded 1997-1998
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 65:56
Label Loud, Relativity
Producer 4th Disciple, The Blaquesmiths, Inspectah Deck, Mathematics, Pete Rock, RZA, True Master, V.I.C.
Inspectah Deck chronology
Uncontrolled Substance
The Movement
(2003)The Movement2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The 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. The album was released on October 5, 1999 under Loud Records. Originally slated for release in 1995, the record was indefinitely postponed after a flood destroyed over 100 beats in RZA's basement, including his original productions for the album. Eventually released four 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 songs "Word on the Street" directed by Gregory Dark & "Show 'N' Prove" directed by Joseph Kahn. The album's liner notes state that it is dedicated to Inspectah Deck's late father, Frank Hunter.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro" Inspectah Deck 2:01
2. "Movas & Shakers" RZA 4:33
3. "9th Chamber" (featuring La the Darkman, Beretta 9, Killa Sin & Streetlife) 4th Disciple 2:51
4. "Uncontrolled Substance" (featuring Shadii) Mathematics 5:00
5. "Femme Fatale" Inspectah Deck 3:06
6. "The Grand Prix" (featuring Streetlife & U-God) 4th Disciple 4:43
7. "Forget Me Not" V.I.C. of the Ghetto Pro's 3:50
8. "Longevity" (featuring U-God) True Master 4:40
9. "Word on the Street" Inspectah Deck 3:44
10. "Elevation" Inspectah Deck 3:15
11. "Lovin' You" (featuring La the Darkman) True Master 2:36
12. "Trouble Man" (featuring Vinia Mojica) Pete Rock 5:05
13. "R.E.C. Room" True Master 3:16
14. "Friction" (featuring Masta Killa) RZA 3:36
15. "Hyperdermix" Inspectah Deck 4:52
16. "Show N Prove" The Blaquesmiths 4:08
17. "The Cause" (featuring Streetlife) Inspectah Deck 4:35
Total length: 65:56
Sample credits



Chart (1999) Peak
US Billboard 200[10] 19
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[11] 3


  1. ^ Conaway, Matt. Review: Uncontrolled Substance. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-01-24.
  2. ^ Rabin, Nathan. Review: Uncontrolled Substance. The 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.
  10. ^ "Inspectah Deck Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  11. ^ "Inspectah Deck Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2013.