Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)by Wu-Tang Clan
Ego is in no short supply in the entertainment industry, but it's rare to appoint yourself a supergroup from the start -- as the Staten Island's Wu-Tang Clan did -- and then back it up. This 1993 recording at first seemed to simply signal a resurgence in East Coast hip-hop, but it proved much more than that. RZA's distinctive production style featured whimsical funk loops and excerpts from martial arts and action-adventure movies. His eight -- yes eight -- frontmen, provided crisp and singular rhyme styles. As per the group's business plan, most of the group's rappers like Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, Genius and Ghost Face Killah have gone on to release successful solo recordings. In addition, many rappers have released recordings as satellite members of the group.
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Performance CreditsWu-Tang Clan Primary Artist
Ol' Dirty Bastard Vocals
Method Man Vocals
Fourth Disciple scratching
Technical CreditsGZA/Genius Contributor
Ol' Dirty Bastard Producer
Method Man Producer
Wu-Tang Clan Composer
Prince Rakeem Arranger,Programming,Producer
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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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!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.