The Wu-Tang Clan is the coolest thing that’s ever happened by an incredible margin- and this is clear right out of the gate. Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is the debut studio album by Wu-Tang and it is everything. You’ve got RZA, Old Dirty Bastard, Method Man- you know, all the boys! It’s New York, it’s underground and all at the same time wonderfully accessible. Every track moves at a pace that’ll make your momma shake her beautiful but hesitant ass. Oh! And this album is weird as hell. Here are some facts:
- A duo formed between RZA and Chris Coles (Ghostface Killah) set out to creat a group whose ethos consisted of “Eastern philosophy picked up from kung fu movies, watered-down Nation of Islam preaching picked up on the New York streets, and comic books.” That became Wu-Tang.
- The entire album is produced, mixed and arranged by RZA. He’s a living genius.
- This album serves a showcase style explosion of 9 total members of the group with most tracks strongly showcasing individual rappers.
It’s strange that the rhythm section is so noticeably prevalent in this record and while this is common for most New York underground hip hop, I cannot say the same about hip hop hailing from the West Coast. I would say the defining qualities from this record that might surprise you is that in multiple singles the “hook” comes from the bass line or the drum beat.
Boy- I tell you what, it’s pretty fun just hanging out with this record. I wish I could smoke weed with these boys and tell jokes! They seems so good and fun at it. Listening to this record in my stuffy office sure made me feel like a real cool guy. Every single is incredible- it almost feels silly to mention that. But I will! Bring da Ruckus– what a great opening. Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F’ Wit is catchy as hell. A track that does not get as much love is Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber which instantly became one of my personal favorites. What a creepy hook! The album concludes in such a raw way with Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber—Part II. Honestly, it’s hard to find a track on the record that doesn’t hit hard.
I would recommend this album to anyone- especially at this point. It is the kind of record that sounds like what people expect hip hop to sound like. Does that make sense? It is classic and all at the same time new again every time you hear it. Evergreen. Try driving to this album and see what happens. I bet you’ll get a lot of head nods and air fists. Do you dance? You might do a cool jam dance to this record- I mean it’s up to you but you probably should dance a little bit.
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is the debut studio album by the American hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan, released November 9, 1993, on Loud Records and distributed through RCA Records.
Release date: November 9, 1993
Studio: Firehouse Studio in New York City
Genres: Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, East Coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop