Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Released This Day In... 1993
In 1993 the Wu-Tang Clan dropped their debut project and forever changed the landscape of hip-hop. Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is in itself the encapsulation of the raw, unrefined sounds of New York Hip-Hop. From the rugged and gritty vocals to the violent, graphic lyrics and a groundbreaking production collage of soul samples and martial arts loops and sound clips -courtesy of the RZA - the album is a masterpiece. The talents of the RZA, the GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Mastah Killah, U-God, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, and the Method Man, shine as the group showcased a revolutionary bevy of unique styles for the time of its release.
From the very first track, “Bring da Ruckus,” Wu-Tang, does just that in this hard hitting anthem, that beckons for the opposition to dare to try and challenge their Wu-Tang style. “M.E.T.H.O.D. Man” provides one the most memorable - and most graphic - intros to a song of all time. “C.R.E.A.M.” is a depressing ode to capitalism and the realization that “Cash Rules Everything Around Me,” hence the acronym. Altogether the tracks on the album come together to form a timeless classic.