Masta Killa is easily one of my favorite MC's. On one hand I feel he's criminally slept on, but on other I can kind of understand why. He's not very outspoken. In fact I think I've only heard the brother speak once outside of music, and that was in a PETA commercial.
Another reason Noodles is so often overlooked, is because during Wu-Tang's initial run I think alot of fans would mistake him for Gza. I doubt anyone has ever heard a verse by the Genius and assumed it was Masta Killa. Sure, for Wu stans such as myself confusing the two is downright blasphemous. However to the untrained ear it was difficult to distinguish them. Hell, even J-Live was confused, and made a crucial error on the title track to his debut album. OVER A DJ PREMIER TRACK NO LESS!!!
"Gza said it, this is not an 85' affair!"
Similar to Prodigy, Masta Killa has gradually revised his flow over the years. The style you heard on "Mystery of Chessboxing", "Wu-Gambinos", and "Glaciers of Ice" no longer exists (or so I thought). By the time Wu-Tang Forever dropped in 1997, Masta Killa had developed a slow, off-beat flow that still employed the same economy of words technique as Gza. Unfortunately when "Triumph" hit the streets, most fans were wondering why the guy after the Genius was rapping so slow. But if you really listen to the lyrics, he had the best verse on the entire song (yes, even better than Deck's).
Oddly enough, it seems like he's adopted his 93'-95' era flow for the b-side of his latest single. I don't hear the signiture off-kilter approach in "Noodles part 2". It's the type of vivid storytelling that rap music's freshmen class have either abandoned, or aren't capable of executing (with a few exceptions of course).
It's self-produced, but pretty impressive. It reminds me of the production on MF Doom's Operation Doomsday. The vynil is currently availible at Fat Beats (the website obviously) for six bucks. I've been browsing Werner von Wallenrod's blog for the past week or so, and he's convinced me to start collecting records again. This will probably be the first 12" I've purchased since 2004. Check it out.