Enter the Wu Tang - (Import CD)
Wu Tang Clan
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- East Coast Rap
- Mono / Stereo
- Prince Rakeem "The RZA"; Method Man; Ol' Dirty Bastard
- Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) [PA]
Wu-Tang Clan: Prince Rakeem "The RZA" (rap vocals, programming); The Method Man, U-God, Rebel Ins, Shallah Raekwon, Ghost Face Killer, Ol' Dirty Bastard, The Genius "The GZA," Masta Killa (rap vocals).
Additional personnel: The 4th Disciple (scratches).
Recorded at Firehouse Studio, New York.
Personnel: Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, U-God (vocals); Prince Rakeem (programming); Fourth Disciple (scratches).
Audio Mixer: Prince Rakeem.
Recording information: Firehouse Studio, New York, NY; Firehouse Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Photographer: Daniel Hastings.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Prince Rakeem; Shallah Raekwon; GZA; Ghostface Killah.
Arranger: Prince Rakeem.
The Wu-Tang Clan seemed to come out of nowhere when they released their first independent single, "Protect Ya Neck." To the industry's surprise, it sold over 10,000 copies and enabled this conceptually innovative crew to land a deal with RCA. ENTER THE WU-TANG (36 CHAMBERS) is the first effort to "take you on" the full "lyrical high" of the Wu-Tang--eight "killer bees" who stem from that forgotten borough of New York City, Staten Island.
Prince Rakeem "The RZA" may dominate the loosely-based group's production chamber, but the success of the Wu-Tang should be credited to all. "Clan In Da Front" gives The Genius (aka "The GZA") the opportunity to prove to critics of his former solo career that he's far from played out. To the liking of many hardcore ruffnecks, "Shame On A Nigga" unites the Clan's most distinctive vocalists, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man and Raekwon The Chef; and fellow members Inspector Deck, Ghost Face Killer and U-God join forces on the album's highlight, "Da Mystery Of Chessboxin'." Both cuts prove the Wu-Tang to be the most lyrically diverse rap group on the streets today.
The Clan's alliances in the hip-hop community have already brought about crazy recognition to their brother-artists (The Gravediggaz, Shyheim aka The Rugged Child, Method Man's solo work), showing that the Wu-Tang's influence can be found in both the studio and the market-place. So, while they may have been dissed in previous incarnations, the Wu-Tang Clan understand that power comes from unity and that their's is far-reaching; or as they put it, "we form like Voltron."
- Country of Origin
- Loud (USA)
- 36m 15s
- Wu-Tang Clan
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Bring da Ruckus
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Shame on a Nigger
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Clan in da Front
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Can It Be All So Simple
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Da Mystery of Chessboxin'
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] C.R.E.A.M.
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Method Man
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Protect Ya Neck
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Tearz
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber (Part II)
- Studio / Live
- BMG (distributor)
Rolling Stone (4/7/94, p.73) - 3 1/2 Stars - Good Plus - "...Wu-Tang make underground rap: low on hype and production values, high on the idea that indigence is an integral part of blackness....It's not enough to rhyme like have-nots and look like have-nots. They've got to sound like have-nots..."
Spin (9/99, p.131) - Ranked #22 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."
Entertainment Weekly (12/17/93, p.70) - "...With its rumble jumble of drumbeats, peppered with occasional piano plunking, ENTER has a raw, pass-the-mike flavor we haven't heard since rap was pop's best-kept secret...." - Rating: A
Q (12/99, p.82) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
The Wire (10/01, p.44) - "...RZA was building a new house for HipHop, a place to mourn and think and wander..."
Vibe (12/99, p.158) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century
The Source (2/94, p.73) - "...This is not just another rap album with gangsta themes and gun smoke. [ENTER THE WU-TANG] is the manifestation of classic kung-fu type styles infected with the realities of ghetto life/death and strong Old School b-boy memories....A throwback to the days of 1986-87 when rap was filled with hones, greatness and skill..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.59) - Ranked #62 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "The RZA's atmospheric production spliced bullet chamber beats with eerie piano'n'string motifs..."
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- Ethan Ryman; Carlos Bess
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