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Tim Westwood leaks a 52 minute Wu Tang Clan freestyle from 1997.

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On Thursday, Tim Westwood unleashed a massive, 52-minute freestyle from the Wu-Tang Clan’s heyday. Recorded in 1997, the same year as their seminal album “Wu-Tang Forever” Emcees Ol’ Dirty Bastard, RZA, Method Man, U-God, Masta Killa go ham over a DJ Mathematics beat. Okayplayer’s Elijah C. Watson sums up the power and feeling of Westwood’s find the best:

The freestyle serves as a reminder of how untouchable the Wu-Tang Clan was in 1997. It feels like a celebration honestly: all of them having fun, riffing off of each other’s bars and offering those distinguishable deliveries that not only make their solo work so memorable, but their stuff as a group too. Everyone is alive and energetic, with ODB offering several different verses while simultaneously serving as hype man for the other members.

“As I land here at the Heathrow Airport, my first thought was to bring you a fat J that you can’t get on import,” RZA states before going into a verse of his own. It’s fun, goofy, brilliant — everything you’ve come to love about the Wu-Tang Clan.

Wu-Tang Clan was unstoppable around this time. They were pushing the boundaries of raw NY rap, while showcasing how a group of rap and kung fu movie fanatics could come together and create one of the most important rap collectives of all time.

Do you want to listen to this freestyle? Click below, “It’s Yourz.”

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To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.

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We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.

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