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Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Along with Dr. Dre's The Chronic, the Wu-Tang Clan's debut, Enter the Wu-Tang 36 Chambers, was one of the most influential rap albums of the '90s. Its spare yet atmospheric production -- courtesy of RZA -- mapped out the sonic blueprint that countless other hardcore rappers would follow for years to come. It laid the groundwork for the rebirth of New York hip-hop in the hardcore age, paving the way for everybody from Biggie and Jay-Z to Nas and Mobb Deep. Moreover, it introduced a colorful cast of hugely talented MCs, some of whom ranked among the best and most unique individual rappers of the decade. Some were outsized, theatrical personalities, others were cerebral ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Along with Dr. Dre's The Chronic, the Wu-Tang Clan's debut, Enter the Wu-Tang 36 Chambers, was one of the most influential rap albums of the '90s. Its spare yet atmospheric production -- courtesy of RZA -- mapped out the sonic blueprint that countless other hardcore rappers would follow for years to come. It laid the groundwork for the rebirth of New York hip-hop in the hardcore age, paving the way for everybody from Biggie and Jay-Z to Nas and Mobb Deep. Moreover, it introduced a colorful cast of hugely talented MCs, some of whom ranked among the best and most unique individual rappers of the decade. Some were outsized, theatrical personalities, others were cerebral storytellers and lyrical technicians, but each had his own distinctive style, which made for an album of tremendous variety and consistency. Every track on Enter the Wu-Tang is packed with fresh, inventive rhymes, which are filled with martial arts metaphors, pop culture references everything from Voltron to Lucky Charms cereal commercials to Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were", bizarre threats of violence, and a truly twisted sense of humor. Their off-kilter menace is really brought to life, however, by the eerie, lo-fi production, which helped bring the raw sound of the underground into mainstream hip-hop. Starting with a foundation of hard, gritty beats and dialogue samples from kung fu movies, RZA kept things minimalistic, but added just enough minor-key piano, strings, or muted horns to create a background ambience that works like the soundtrack to a surreal nightmare. There was nothing like it in the hip-hop world at the time, and even after years of imitation, Enter the Wu-Tang still sounds fresh and original. Subsequent group and solo projects would refine and deepen this template, but collectively, the Wu have never been quite this tight again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/1993
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636633619
  • Catalog Number: 66336
  • Sales rank: 2,416

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wu-Tang Clan Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Ol' Dirty Bastard Vocals
Method Man Vocals
Raekwon Vocals
Fourth Disciple scratching
U-God Vocals
Technical Credits
GZA Contributor
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Ol' Dirty Bastard Producer
Method Man Producer
Wu-Tang Clan Composer
Prince Rakeem Arranger, Programming, Producer, Contributor
Carlos Bess Engineer
Jacqueline Murphy Artwork, Art Direction
Ghostface Killah Contributor
Dennis Coles Executive Producer
Robert Diggs Executive Producer
Mitchell Diggs Executive Producer
Oli Grant Executive Producer
Tracey Waples Executive Producer
Ethan Ryman Engineer
Shallah Raekwon Contributor
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    yes Yes YES!!!

    this is the BEST rap album ever! RZA's production cannot be beat! all members of the group bring something different to the table, which means this album never gets boring. the lyrics are off the chain! my favorites include "bring da ruckus", "da mystery of chessboxin'", and "c.r.e.a.m.". wu-tang clan comin' at cha!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the greatest hip-hop albums

    Any true hip-hop fan has this cd, or has at least heard of it. Prince Rakim is a master and method man, ol' dirty bastar* (they dont let me type it in on this website), U-God, and Rakewon are sick. Pick this up as soon as possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good old album

    Ok, i'll start by explaining why i have only given this album a 4star when every true hip hop is raving about the talent of the clan and how exellent this allbum is, ye! i agree this is a good album but i think the Wu's first installment is extremely overrated, The RZA kicks a** with the beats and production and the whole albums contains that good old sounding hip hop that seems like it can only be produced these days by the Wu, but i find it quite a booring album once listened to a few times. To me this isnt one of those albums that often sees the optics of my Cd player, its a massive break through in rap which is why ive rated it high and its a got a couple of tracks that realy light up your eyes, my favourite is chessboxin, thats a deadly raw track thats deserves a lot of play but the rest of the album isnt good a enough to make me wanna get it out for that one track. This is undoubtly a classic album and was one of faves but i dont think it deserves all the hype it receives and the only way to find out the truth is to purchase it, but i prefer the Wu's later work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST HIP-HOP ALBUM EVER!

    This is the greatest hip-hop album ever. RZA's production I think lays the most solid foundation on a rap cd ever, and the lyricists all get their time to shine. Don't miss this one if you're a wu fan or just a general rap fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Protect ya Neck!

    This album changed RAP. A Classic - Period. Remember the Protect ya Neck video: black & white, camcordrer, dark, ghostface still had his face covered..........damn, i can't believe that it was all so simple!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The wu-tang clan's skillz will never be defeated!!!

    There have been many great rap groups, but the wu-tang clan has been dope for a long time! I think 36 chambers is there most greatest album. Its a really old album, yet it is still making tons of money today. If you are a wu-tanger and you dont have this album yet, get it. Its bangin! take it from a hip-hop expert, Auxillary Preist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2009

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