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Inspectah Deck

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Inspectah Deck (born Jason Hunter July 6, 1970 in Bronx, New York ) is an East Coast rapper and member of the Wu-Tang Clan.

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Biography

Inspectah Deck was born in the Bronx, but moved to Staten Island when he was a child, living in the Park Hill Projects, where other members of the future Wu-Tang Clan would live and congregate. He is one of the lesser known Wu-Tangers, though he has been a member since their debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993), a project that he worked on after returning from a jail sentence. He had a high-profile role in the group's early work, delivering the opening verse to the classic underground single Protect Ya Neck, as well as a now-famous verse on the equally successful single C.R.E.A.M. and star turns on Bring Da Ruckus, Da Mystery Of Chessboxin and 7th Chamber. He later appeared on Wu-Tang side projects and solo records like GZA's Liquid Swords and Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, though compared to other members he was relatively quiet during the first round of solo releases. His own debut was originally scheduled for this 1994-1997 period but for undisclosed reasons was held back until after the group's second album. Nevertheless, in 1995 (1995 in music) Deck released his first solo track (technically credited to the whole Clan), "Let Me at Them", on the Tales from the Hood soundtrack.

He provided the Clan's second group album Wu-Tang Forever with many of its highlights, echoing his explosive opener to Protect Ya Neck with the now equally famous opening verse to the hit single Triumph as well as contributing the Stevie Wonder-sampling solo track The City. The album also featured Deck's production debut, arranging the ominous, piano-driven Visionz. This set the scene for his now long-delayed debut album Uncontrolled Substance in 1999 (see 1999 in music) on which he produced most of the beats, his 1970s funk influenced style being quite a radical departure in sound from the style of other Wu-Tang productions of the time. As well as the self-produced tracks, Deck had assistance from Wu producers RZA, True Master and 4th Disciple as well as Pete Rock (whose True Master single Deck made a guest appearance at around the same time). The album did not sell especially well but was a moderate critical success. Between 1999 and the release of the Wu-Tang Clan's second album The W in 2000 (see 2000 in music), Deck continued to contribute beats and guest verses to other Clan members' solo projects, including GZA's Beneath The Surface, RZA's Bobby Digital In Stereo, and Method Man's Tical 2000: Judgement Day. Deck released his second album The Movement in 2003 (2003), which was mostly produced by Ayatollah and featured a slightly more commercially minded style than his debut. Like his debut, it received mixed but generally positive reviews and moderate sales success. In 2005, Deck began recording a new album to be released in the summer.

Aliases

  • Rebel INS
  • Fifth Brother
  • Rollie Fingers
  • Manifesto
  • Charliehorse
  • Ayatollah

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Singles & EPs

  • 1998 REC Room
  • 1999 Word On The Street

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