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Learn more about Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers (Explicit Version):

Format: CD
Sku: 60132453
UPC: 078636633626
UPC 14: 00078636633626
Release Date: 11/9/1993
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Bring Da Ruckus ~ Wu-Tang Clan
2. Shame On A Nigger ~ Wu-Tang Clan
3. Clan In Da Front ~ Wu-Tang Clan
4. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber ~ Wu-Tang Clan
5. Can It Be All So Simple ~ Wu-Tang Clan
6. Da Mystery Of Chessboxin' ~ Wu-Tang Clan
7. Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit ~ Wu-Tang Clan
8. C.R.E.A.M. ~ Wu-Tang Clan
9. Method Man ~ Wu-Tang Clan
10. Protect Ya Neck ~ Wu-Tang Clan
11. Tearz ~ Wu-Tang Clan
12. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber (Part II) ~ Wu-Tang Clan

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: The 4th Disciple (scratches).
Muze PNote Recorded at Firehouse Studio, New York.
Muze PNote Personnel: Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, U-God (vocals); Prince Rakeem (programming); Fourth Disciple (scratches).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Prince Rakeem.
Muze PNote Recording information: Firehouse Studio, New York, NY; Firehouse Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Muze PNote Photographer: Daniel Hastings.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: Shallah Raekwon; GZA ; Ghostface Killah.
Muze PNote Arranger: Prince Rakeem.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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."

Producer: Prince Rakeem "The RZA"; Method Man; Ol' Dirty Bastard

Engineer: Ethan Ryman; Carlos Bess

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.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Belly (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Legend Of The Wu Tang: Wu Tang Clan's (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Prince Of Darkness
Muze Music Compilations Essential Hip Hop 0505
Muze Music Compilations Ghost Dog:way Of The Samurai (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Funkmaster Flex Presents:mix Tape V1
Muze Music Compilations Man With The Iron Fists (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Man With The Iron Fists (Ost)(Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works

Wu-Chronicles [PA] ~ Artists, Various
Masta Killa
Onyx (Rap)
Soundtracks from the Shaolin Temple [PA] [Slimline ~ Original Soundtrack
Wu-Chronicles [PA] ~ Various Artists
Wu-Chronicles, Chapter 2 [PA] ~ Various Artists
Wu-Tang Killa Bees

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/09/1993
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1993
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 66336-2
Music Label Name Label : Loud (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00078636633626

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)
- 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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