Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers (Explicit Version) CD (1993)

Artist: Wu-Tang Clan

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Label Bmg/rca
SKU 60132453
UPC 078636633626
UPC 14 00078636633626
Format CD
Release Date 11/9/1993
Author Wu-Tang Clan
Associated Artist/Work Masta Killa
Associated Artist/Work Onyx (Rap)
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Wu-Tang Killa Bees
Artist Influence David Axelrod (Producer/Arranger)
Artist Influence Dr. Dre
Artist Influence Ennio Morricone (Composer/Conductor)
Artist Influence Kool Keith
Artist Influence Prince Paul
Artist Influence Public Enemy
Artist Influence Thelonious Monk
Artist Contemporary All City
Artist Contemporary Busta Rhymes
Artist Contemporary Capone-N-Noreaga
Artist Contemporary Cappadonna
Artist Contemporary Company Flow
Artist Contemporary Dead Prez
Artist Contemporary Erick Sermon
Artist Contemporary Flipmode Squad
Artist Contemporary Ghostface Killah
Artist Contemporary GP Wu
Artist Contemporary Gravediggaz
Artist Contemporary GZA (Rap)
Artist Contemporary J Dilla
Artist Contemporary Jedi Mind Tricks
Artist Contemporary Jeru the Damaja
Artist Contemporary Killah Priest
Artist Contemporary Killarmy
Artist Contemporary LA the Darkman
Artist Contemporary Masta Killa
Artist Contemporary Mathematics
Artist Contemporary Method Man
Artist Contemporary Mobb Deep
Artist Contemporary Mos Def
Artist Contemporary Nas
Artist Contemporary Ol' Dirty Bastard
Artist Contemporary Raekwon
Artist Contemporary Rakim
Artist Contemporary Redman
Artist Contemporary Slum Village
Artist Contemporary Sunz of Man
Artist Contemporary The Roots
Artist Contemporary Ultramagnetic MC's
Artist Contemporary Wu-Tang Clan
Artist Follower 60 Second Assassin
Artist Follower Danger Mouse
Artist Follower Jedi Mind Tricks
Artist Follower Killah Priest
Artist Follower Mos Def
Artist Follower Sunz of Man
Artist Follower Tyler, The Creator
Technical Info
Engineer Ethan Ryman; Carlos Bess
Producer Prince Rakeem "The RZA"; Method Man; Ol' Dirty Bastard
CatalogID 66336-2
Lable Name Loud (USA)
Released 11/09/1993
Original Release 1993
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 36m : 15s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00078636633626
Album Notes and Credits
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: 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."
Artist Overview
Staten Island's RZA is the producer, leader, and all-around mastermind behind the Wu-Tang Clan's revolutionary emergence in the 1990s. Appearing as an MC on all of the Wu's group albums as well as numerous Wu solo albums, RZA also released his own solo albums in 1998 and 2003 (the brilliant BIRTH OF A PRINCE). A modern Renaissance man and a true hip-hop innovator, RZA parlayed his production skills into a successful career as a soundtrack composer, most notably for the KILL BILL movies and Jim Jarmusch's GHOST DOG.
Professional Reviews
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..."
Billboard - "36 CHAMBERS is their landmark effort. Twenty years later, still nothing sounds quite like it; nothing can duplicate its hardest edges or most powerful passages."
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..."
Disc 1
1 Bring Da Ruckus
2 Shame On A Nigger
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 Ta F' Wit
8 C.R.E.A.M.
9 Method Man
10 Protect Ya Neck
11 Tearz
12 Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber (Part II)

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