Monday, November 3, 2014

Wu-Tang - Enter the Wu-Tang : 36 Chambers (Review)

Release Date : November 9, 1993
Label : Loud Records

I know I know, this album has been reviewed a million fucking times, but shit I wanted to set the week off right with a throwback review. First things first, who the fuck would have ever thought that Hip Hop and Kung-Fu would go so well together? Wu tried it and pulled it of so damn well. 36 Chambers only sold 30,000 units in its first week. Thats a fun fact for yall motherfufckas who thought all 90s Hip-Hop albums was selling crazy units at the time they were released. But fuck album sales, the music is great on here is great. Now lets get into it, "C.R.E.A.M.", the most popular song from the album, is one of those those songs everybody should of heard by now, especially if you claim to be a Hip Hop fan. RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa all deliver on this album.

I was reading a throwback XXL magazine and they had some rare info about this album. Heres another fun fact for yall, C.R.E.A.M. was originally called "Lifestyles Of The Mega Rich" and it had longer verses, but Rza shortened their verses and changed the title of it. This album is filled with bangers, on "Can It Be All So Simple", Rae and Ghost talks about times when life was better over a sample of Gladys Knight & the Pips' - "The Way We Were". And lets not forget about ODB's unorthodox style shined on "Shame on a Nigga", where he admits to getting burned before. ODB didn't give a shit at all, if he had something to say he was gonna say it. And that's what people loved about him.

"Tearz" has Ghost and Rza in storytelling mode, telling heartfelt stories about murder and HIV. You can feel the in their verses! Method Man displays his effortless flow on the track named after him. Meth definitely has one of the best flows in Hip Hop history. Thats not even debatable. Overall its not one wack song on here. You got "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta Fuck Wit", "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'", "Clan in da Front" & "Protect Ya Neck" which are all fire. 36 Chambers is sequenced perfectly, and its a short album that gets straight to the point. With dope lyrics and RZA's dark production, the Wu put together a classic and it still sounds good today. Props to them for incorporating Kung-Fu in their songs as well. What more could you want? This is classic material.

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