Enter The Wutang
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Vinyl, Import, 9 November 1993
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 31.65 x 31.24 x 0.56 cm; 226.8 Grams
- Manufacturer : LEGACY
- Item Model Number : 28930239
- Original Release Date : 1993
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Label : LEGACY
- ASIN : B000002WPH
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,066 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Vinyl LP pressing.This debut emerged as one of the most influential rap albums of the '90s.It laid the groundwork for the rebirth of New York hip-hop, an underground, hardcore new sound that went on to influence Biggie, Jay-Z, Nas, and Mobb Deep, among others.Rap became at once theatrical and cerebral, MCs lyricists and powerhouses capable of violence, metaphor, humour and revolution in their performing.The album is full of hard, gritty beats, references to pop culture and martial arts, eclectic piano and string sounds, as well as surrealist overtones, and there truly was nothing like it in the hip-hop world at the time.Even now, it's an original album in a league of its own.Get it.You won't regret it.* Genre: Rap, Hip-Hop
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All the ninja stuff was damn cool at that time too so this album was like gold dust, a must have in everyone's collection.
That songs chorus still resonates today.
Great album, highly recommended.
Dr. Dre, having paved the way with his group NWA and his solo classic The Chronic, owned the hip-hop world along with Suge Knight and his Death Row records. Tupac Shakur was already making waves. The East Coast as yet had little to no notable rappers to its name; but here, on this low-budget posse record, the seeds of the East/West rivalry were sown as they wrenched the focus away from Compton.
To this day, no rap album sounds like Enter The Wu-Tang, and no rap group sounds like they do. Nine of them, all MCs, headed by the RZA, each with their own styles, colliding into an astonishing, snarling beast of a record.
With a tiny budget to work with, RZA crafts sawn-off, raw beats that punish the listener. None of the rough edges are smoothed off, leaving pounding jams that lack the richness that G-funk boasted. What replaced it was bizarre kung-fu film references.
The album, unified by its sparse sound, allows the nine Wu-Tang MCs room to stretch, and each of them has their own style, from Ghostface Killah's high-pitched yelp to Method Man's stoned ramble, all the way through to the utter insanity of ODB.
Ghostface opens the record on the clattering 'Bring Tha Ruckus,' a clear statement of intent; his rhymes about a 'head rush' and being 'tougher than an elephant tusk' already establishing how bizarre and unique the group's rhymes were. 'Shame On The N****' pushes ODB to the front as his marble-mouthed style seems both threatening and endearing. Meanwhile, 'C.R.E.A.M.' was so influential that its title became a rap slang word in and of itself.
From here, virtually every member of the crew - particularly The GZA, Raekwon and ODB - would craft era-defining solo albums of their own, but it all started here and arguably, this was the most unified album the group produced both conceptually and as far as quality.
You have to listen, words on a screen can't do the album justice! Hip Hop classic!