Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

12 Jan

I knew this post had to come, I didn’t know when, but I do know why. This post is about the best hip-hop album of all time.

I have to take you back to 1992, when the three founding Wu-Tang members RZA, GZA and Ol’ Dirty Bastard united as hip-hop group. Inspired by kung-fy movie Shaolin and Wu Tang, they called themselves the Wu-Tang Clan. They collected friends and family around them, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck and U-God, and within a year they released the impossible.

I’ll try to tell you why this album is so good. First of all, every member is a unique character and you’re hearing it that throughout the whole album. RZA is the leader, creating the beats and acts like the musical professor. GZA can be seen as the lyrical professor, rhyming with words and structures that nobody else can do. Method Man is the show guy, he leads the live shows and is the most charismatic. Ol’ Dirty Bastard is just the weird maniac. Raekwon is the storyteller, he rhymes about all the stories and struggles on the street. And so on.. These characters bring the album a big variation of styles and it keeps you excited every single second. Also, the atmosphere of the album is amazing. It sounds like these nine guys creating an album in the basement of an Staten Island house, so ominous, exciting and so, so real. They’re not rapping about bitches and cars, instead they sound like they are stuck in their own little universe. The third point is the hardest to explain and you just have to listen. The combination of the dark beats and the rhymes is like nothing you have ever heard. Right now I am trying to find the rights words to describe it, but I’m afraid I can’t.

Here is every song of the album, youtube it once, buy the album and let it inspire you.

1. Bring Da Ruckus

2. Shame On A Nigga

3. Clan In Da Front

4. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber

5. Can It Be All So Simple

6. Da Mystery Of Chessboxin’

7. Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing To Fuck With

8. C.R.E.A.M.

9. Method Man

10. Protect Ya Neck

11. Tearz

12. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber – Part II

But, what is a better introduction than a cool interview from back in the days, check this.

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