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#382: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by Wu-Tang Clan

5.26.2011


Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by Wu-Tang Clan (1993)

Favorite Track(s): The chorus of "Da Mystery of Chessboxin" but not the rest

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) This is a hip-hop ensemble with whom I have zero experience. I've never seen Wu-Tang Clan: Behind the Music (I assuming that exists), and if someone played me one of their songs I'd have no idea it was them. I have heard of Method Man and ODB, and RZA and Ghostface Killah sound remotely familiar. Anyway, I'm excited to try them out, because apparently this album should be better than A HARD DAY'S NIGHT.

(Post-Listening) Um. I would like to give you a sample of a rhyme from "Clan in da Front" courtesy of GZA, I believe:

What's that in your pants ahhh human feces!
Throw your shitty drawers in the hamper

Next time come strapped with a fuckin' Pamper

Yeah.

The most surreal moment of the album for me was for "Can It Be All So Simple" which sampled, I kid you not, "The Way We Were" sung by Gladys Knight and the Pips, AND "I Got The" by Labi Siffre. So they have good taste...?

The worst parts overall were the spoken interludes, which were like listening to 13 year old boys who have just discovered curse words and are trying to impress each other with their potty language. Maybe the lack of any substance or cleverness was intended to be funny? At one point in "Method Man" someone takes a 'hit' of something and then just coughs repeatedly into the microphone...

I was disappointed in it as a rap album, and severely unimpressed with it as a Rolling Stone Top 500 Album of All Time, and unbelievably grieved by its ranking above a Beatles album.

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