For long-time Wu-Tang Clan fans, RZA's martial arts film The Man With The Iron Fists will comes as no surprise. The NYC hip-hop group have been sampling kung fu flicks since their 1993 debut album. Co-written with Eli Roth, RZA's passion project was made on a "shoestring" budget of $20 million, and the accompanying soundtrack features new music from the Black Keys, Corinne Bailey Rae and Kanye West.
Not content to just sit in the director's chair, RZA rocks out with the Black Keys on The Baddest Man Alive and produces Kanye West's soulful White Dress, which recalls the rapper's College Dropout days. Detroit's Danny Brown delivers a scene-stealing verse on Tick, Tock, and veterans Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Kool G Rap rhyme over Toronto locals BADBADNOTGOOD's horn-heavy production.
There are missteps - Talib Kweli going through the motions on Get Your Way (Sex Is A Weapon), Ghostface's unfortunate pairing with Wiz Khalifa - but like the movie, the soundtrack is good, bombastic fun.
Top track: White Dress, by Kanye West