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Inspectah Deck

Inspectah Deck performing with the Wu-Tang Clan.
Background information
Birth name Jason Hunter
Born July 5, 1970 (1970-07-05) (age 39)
Origin The Bronx, New York City, 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

Jason Hunter, better known as Inspectah Deck (aka Rebel INS), is an American rapper, producer, and actor. A member of the Wu-Tang Clan, known for his lyricism, he has not achieved the same level of commercial success in his solo career as some of his fellow Clansmen (such as Ghostface Killah or Method Man)[1], though he continues to be respected and actively releases material.

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Biography

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 Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Method Man[2]. Coming from a musical family, his father died when he was 6, 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 RZA, Method Man and ODB.[3]. This is also referenced by Method Man at the end of the track "Can it Be All So Simple?" on Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), stating,

Inspectah Deck, he's like...he's like that dude thatta 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.

However, Deck was featured as much, if not more, than any other of his fellow clansmen on the group's debut album, "Enter the Wu Tang". While keeping a relatively high profile on Wu-Tang group releases — including highly-praised verses on the singles "C.R.E.A.M." and "Triumph", from 36 Chambers and Wu-Tang Forever, respectively — Deck has had less success with his own solo career. Originally set to release an album in 1997, his first effort, Uncontrolled Substance, was delayed until 1999, after a flood in RZA's basement destroyed over a hundred beats, including those meant for Deck's album. According to Wu affiliate Cilvaringz, "Recently Deck pulled out some disks from the flood and they worked again and he used 1 for his upcoming album on Koch."[4]

In the years following the release of the highly successful debut album of the Wu-Tang Clan, Hunter would appear on several Wu members' solo albums, including the critically acclaimed trio Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… by Raekwon, Liquid Swords by GZA and Ironman by Ghostface Killah. On the Clan's second group album, Wu-Tang Forever (1997), Deck produced the track "Visionz" and contributed a solo track, "The City." He also provided production for some of his Wu cohorts, including "Kiss of a Black Widow" for RZA's RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo, and "Elements" and "Spazzola" from Method Man's sophomore Tical 2000: Judgement Day. In 1999, he finally released his debut solo album, featuring a number of less-exposed Wu-Tang affiliates as guests and more of Deck's own production. The album received strong reviews but failed to garner him the popularity enjoyed by some of his groupmates; Deck subsequently returned to the Wu-Tang fold for the albums The W and Iron Flag, also providing beats for GZA's sophomore Beneath the Surface and Ghostface Killah's Supreme Clientele. In 2003 the rapper released his follow-up, The Movement. That album failed to live up to Deck's expectations, and soon he was back to planning his next album, The Rebellion[5]; three years later, in 2006, he released The Resident Patient, intended as a precursor to the album. The rapper took a hiatus to record 8 Diagrams with the group, partaking in the controversy sparked when Raekwon and Ghostface disparaged RZA's tight control of the album, championing Ghost's album The Big Doe Rehab:

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.

He has also mentioned The Rebellion again, confirming production by RZA and the Wu-Elements; it is now set to come after The Resident Patient 2 and will, reportedly, be Deck's final album as a solo artist[6]. Deck is also featured on several tracks of Raekwon's most recent album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II.

On March 23rd, 2010 he will drop his 3rd album entitled The Manifesto,[7] with guest-appearances from Raekwon, Cormega, Termanology Planet Asia, Cappadonna, Kurupt and M.O.P.'s Billy Danze.[8] Deck himself will be producing on the album as well as having outside contributions: most notably, The Revelations who produced on Wu-Tang's Chamber Music[9].

In 2008, a mixtape entitled The Resident Patient 2 was leaked to the internet, featuring some original material as well as freestyles over other artists' songs. In a recent interview, Deck stated that The Manifesto was meant to be the originally announced full-length sequel, Resident Patient 2. Since the early leak of The Manifesto, he has begun work already on his final album The Rebellion and has expressed his interest in having Snoop Dogg, E-40, Nas & Jadakiss as guests but wanted to involve more of his fellow Clansmen on this album. He had also stated on a interview with Conspiracy Radio he will only retire from albums if the fans show support for The Manifesto and The Rebellion[10]. He has also expressed his wish to release an instrumental album of his own production similar to the ones put out by Alchemist, Ayatollah & Pete Rock.[11]

Discography

Albums

Year Title Chart positions[12][13] RIAA
certifications[14]
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
1999 Uncontrolled Substance 19 3 US: Gold[16]
2003 The Movement 137 29 -
2006 The Resident Patient
  • Released: June 25, 2006
  • Label: Urban Icon Records
- - -
2010 The Manifesto
  • Released: March 23, 2010[17]
  • Label: Traffic Entertainment

Singles and EPs

  • 1995 "Let Me At Em"
  • 1996 "Semi-Automatic Rap Full Metal Jacket"
  • 1998 "REC Room"
  • 1999 "Forget Me Not"
  • 1999 "Show N Prove (Power of God)"
  • 1999 "Word on the Street" b/w "Movas & Shakers"
  • 2000 "Thundercats Freestyle"
  • 2003 "The Movement" b/w "City High"
  • 2003 "He's a Rebel" b/w "Big City"
  • 2003 "Bump & Grind" b/w "Vendetta"
  • 2010 "The Champion"

Appears on

Year Appearance[18]
1994 "Mr. Sandman"
1995 "Cold World"
"Duel of the Iron Mic"
  • Album: Liquid Swords
  • Other Artist(s): GZA, Ol'Dirty Bastard Masta Killa
"Guillotine (Swordz)"
1996 "Assassination Day"
  • Album: Ironman
  • Other Artist(s): RZA, Raekwon, Masta Killa
"Semi-Automatic Rap Full Metal Jacket"
  • Album: High School High Soundtrack
  • Other Artist(s): U-God, Street Life
1998 "Wu-Tang Cream Team Line Up"
  • Album: 60 Minutes of Funk Vol. III
  • Other Artist(s): Raekwon, Harlem Hoodz, Killa Sin, Method Man
"One More to Go (The Earthquake)
  • Album: Antidote
  • Other Artist(s): Deadly Venoms, GZA, Method Man, Street Life, Cappadonna
"Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy)"
"Cross My Heart"
"Above the Clouds"
"S.O.S."
  • Album: Wu-Tang Killa Bees: The Swarm
  • Other Artist(s): Street Life
"Tru Master"
"Play IV Keeps"
  • Album: Tical 2000: Judgement Day
  • Other Artist(s): Method Man, Hell Razah, Mobb Deep, Street Life
"Spazzola"
  • Album: Tical 2000: Judgement Day
  • Other Artist(s): Method Man, Masta Killa, Street Life, Killa Sin, Raekwon
1999 "Rumble"
"Make Cents"
  • Album: (single)
  • Other Artist(s): I.G.T.
"Forget Me Nots"
  • Album: (single)
  • Other Artist(s): N/A
2000 "The Authentic (Street)"
  • Album: (single)
  • Other Artist(s): Ruthless Bastards
"Verbal Slaughter"
  • Album: The Last Shall Be First
  • Other Artist(s): The Dwellas
2001 "Speaking Real Words"
2002 "X (Y'all Know the Name)"
"Sparring Minds"
"Killa Beez"
  • Album: Wu-Tang Killa Beez: The Sting
  • Other Artist(s): RZA, U-God, Suga Bang Bang, Blue Raspberry
"Get Away From the Door"
"Bump and Grind"
"Always NY"
2004 "Street Rap"
"Silverbacks"
2005 "A Star is Born"
"On a Mission"
  • Album: Around the World
  • Other Artist(s): YOR123 & Skandaali
"A Ha (Remix)"
  • Album: Tale #10
  • Other Artist(s): Mos Def
"Strawberries & Cream"
"Spot Lite"
  • Album: The Problem
  • Other Artist(s): Mathematics, Method Man, U-God, Cappadonna
2006 "Move Unheard"
  • Album: (single)
  • Other Artist(s): Cappadonna, Joe Young
"Everything"
  • Album: 4:21... The Day After
  • Other Artist(s): Method Man, Street Life
"9 Milli Bros."
"Street Corner"
2007 "Piece of the Pie"
  • Album: Freakshow Vol 1 : Tales of The Travelling Tunes
  • Other Artist(s): Pop Shuvit
"I Don't Wanna Go Back"
  • Album: Gorilla Street Gang
  • Other Artist(s): Joe Young
"Rap Burglars"
  • Album: Wu-Tang Clan & Friends: Unreleased
  • Other Artist(s): Raekwon
2008 "You Can't Stop Me Now"
2009 "You Already Know"
  • Album: The RZA Presents: Afro Samurai Resurrection OST
  • Other Artist(s): Kool G. Rap, Suga Bang Bang
"Kill Too Hard"
"Harbor Masters"
  • Album: Wu-Tang Chamber Music
  • Other Artist(s): Ghostface Killah, AZ
"Sound the Horns"
  • Album: Wu-Tang Chamber Music
  • Other Artist(s): Sadat X, U-God
"Symphonies"
  • Album: The Symphony
  • Other Artist(s): Phil Anastasia
"On Tha Run"
  • Other Artist(s): D. Dermz
"House of Flying Daggers"
"Black Mozart"
"Mean Streets"
"Kiss The Ring"

References

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  9. ^ [[9]]
  10. ^ [[10]]
  11. ^ [[11]]
  12. ^ Billboard chartings. Accessed October 29, 2007.
  13. ^ UK Album chartings. Accessed November 10, 2007.
  14. ^ Searchable Database. RIAA. Accessed October 29, 2007.
  15. ^ allmusic ((( Uncontrolled Substance > Overview ))). Accessed August 22, 2008
  16. ^ http://www.wutang-corp.com/forum/archive/index.php?t-50744.html
  17. ^ [12]
  18. ^ [13]







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