Uncontrolled Substance

Uncontrolled Substance is the debut studio album by rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck. The album was released on October 5, 1999 under Loud Records. Originally slated for release in 1995, the record was indefinitely postponed after a flood destroyed over 100 beats in RZA's basement, including his original productions for the album. Eventually released four years later, Uncontrolled Substance received mostly positive reviews, and is Inspectah Deck's most critically acclaimed album to date. The album features Wu-Tang mainstays U-God and Masta Killa, and appearances from lesser-known affiliates Street Life, Killa Sin, and LA the Darkman. A music video was made for the songs "Word on the Street" directed by Gregory Dark & "Show 'N' Prove" directed by Joseph Kahn. The album's liner notes state that it is dedicated to Inspectah Deck's late father, Frank Hunter.

Uncontrolled Substance
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 5, 1999
GenreEast Coast hip hop
LabelLoud, Relativity
Inspectah Deck chronology
Uncontrolled Substance
The Movement
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club(favorable)[2]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[4]
Q3/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[6]
The Source4/5 stars[7]
Spin7/10 stars[8]

Track listingEdit

1."Intro"Inspectah Deck2:01
2."Movas & Shakers"RZA4:33
3."9th Chamber" (featuring La the Darkman, Beretta 9, Killa Sin & Streetlife)4th Disciple2:51
4."Uncontrolled Substance" (featuring Shadii)Mathematics5:00
5."Femme Fatale"Inspectah Deck3:06
6."The Grand Prix" (featuring Streetlife & U-God)4th Disciple4:43
7."Forget Me Not"V.I.C. of the Ghetto Pro's3:50
8."Longevity" (featuring U-God)True Master4:40
9."Word on the Street"Inspectah Deck3:44
10."Elevation"Inspectah Deck3:15
11."Lovin' You" (featuring La the Darkman)True Master2:36
12."Trouble Man" (featuring Vinia Mojica)Pete Rock5:05
13."R.E.C. Room"True Master3:16
14."Friction" (featuring Masta Killa)RZA3:36
15."Hyperdermix"Inspectah Deck4:52
16."Show N Prove"The Blaquesmiths4:08
17."The Cause" (featuring Streetlife)Inspectah Deck4:35
Total length:65:56



Chart (1999) Peak
US Billboard 200[10] 19
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[11] 3


  1. ^ Conaway, Matt. Review: Uncontrolled Substance. AllMusic. Retrieved on January 24, 2010.
  2. ^ Rabin, Nathan. Review: Uncontrolled Substance. The A.V. Club. Retrieved on January 24, 2010.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. Review: Uncontrolled Substance. Robert Christgau. Retrieved on January 24, 2010.
  4. ^ Columnist. "Review: Uncontrolled Substance". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Columnist. "Review: Uncontrolled Substance". Q: November 1999.
  6. ^ Lewis, Miles. Review: Uncontrolled Substance (Review is for Wu-Chronicles AND Uncontrolled Substance . Rolling Stone. Retrieved on January 24, 2010.
  7. ^ Columnist. "Review: Uncontrolled Substance". The Source: November 1999.
  8. ^ Columnist. "Review: Uncontrolled Substance". Spin: September 1999.
  9. ^ Wilson, Elliot. Review: Uncontrolled Substance. Vibe. Retrieved on January 24, 2010.
  10. ^ "Inspectah Deck Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  11. ^ "Inspectah Deck Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2013.