11. Tearz - RZA
Completing the trinity of mellow tracks from Wu-Tang, this was the b-side for Wu’s first single, “Protect Ya Neck” and the final original track for the album, minus the “7th Chamber” remix that comes after it. RZA and Ghost spin stories of tragedy, and it’s another neck and neck competition. Technically, Ghost has the superior verse and sharper flow but RZA’s emotive delivery wins out, whether it be with, “Cause I dropped him, Ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!” or his operatic outburst when he sees his man laying dead on the floor: “I ran frantically, then I dropped down to his feet / I saw blood, all over, the hot concrete / I picked him up, then I held him by his head, His eyes shut, that’s when I knew he was…Aw Man! How do I say goodbye? It’s always the good ones that have to die”. It’s like you’re watching a performance of a Shakespeare play right before your very eyes.