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Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (Cover Artwork)

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
Sony Music Entertainment

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Contributed by: JesseJesse
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This album is hands down cemented permanently in my Top Ten records of ever. From the first time you hear those intercut samples from kung-fu movies and the Rza's beats with "Bring tha motherfuckin' ruckus!" shouted over it, 36 Chambers becomes musical heroin. This album is the true epiphany of gr.
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This album is hands down cemented permanently in my Top Ten records of ever. From the first time you hear those intercut samples from kung-fu movies and the Rza's beats with "Bring tha motherfuckin' ruckus!" shouted over it, 36 Chambers becomes musical heroin. This album is the true epiphany of great beats mixed with some of the most intelligent street rhymes ever spat.

Rza's beats on this album are a marriage of old samples and extra add-ins, like snaps and choruses of the ODB (as he was still known at this time) singing out gibberish. The end product is something that's banging, but soft enough to feature the lyrics. The best part about this album is that every word said is worth being said and is set up to be heard. That's the problem with rap music these days, you've got Lil' Jon crankin' out something on 5 Casio keyboards so loud that you can't even hear anyone saying anything except "Get low!"

What's so worth hearing, you ask me? I'll tell you what:
"Gunnin, hummin comin atcha/First I'm gonna getcha, once I gotcha, I gat-cha/ You could never capture the Method Man's stature"

"Razor sharp, I sever the head from the shoulders, I'm better than my competta, you mean competitor, whadeva!"

"Raw I'm a give it to ya, with no trivia/
Raw like cocaine straight from Bolivia/
My hip-hop will rock and shock the nation/
like the Emancipation Proclamation/
Weak MC's approach with slang that's dead/
you might as well run into the wall and bang your head/
I'm pushin' force, my force your doubtin'/
I'm makin' devils cower to the Caucus Mountains"

Trust me, this album will make you dance and bob your head. As an album, it's perfectly constructed mixing between choice tracks and intercut kung-fu movie lines. "A game of chess, is like a sword fight. You must think fist, before you move." "Shaolin shawdoboxing...and the Wu-Tang sword style...if what you say is true, the Shaolin and the Wu-Tang could be dangerous. Do you think your Wu-Tang sword can defeat me?" "En garde, I'll let you try my Wu-Tang style."

Other references in the lyrics include, but are not limited to: Waco, Texas; Voltron; Jacque Cousteu; Richard Dawson and the Family Feud; Beetle Bailey; The New York Times; Good Morning Vietnam. The Wu-Tang Clan have created a piece of literature in the way they constructed this album, presenting a nonstop barrage of pop-culture and worldly events in one concise, 13 track package.

If you don't own this album, what the fuck have you been doing with the past eleven years of your life? Buy it now, bitches!

 

 
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mowlio (September 25, 2011)

one of the greatest hip hop albums ever recoreded

GlassPipeMurder (March 13, 2010)

It's a really good album--timeless, in fact--but it's really not as qualitatively good as later Wu-Tang releases. Most of the verses are a little too straightforward, and the production is pretty bleak in comparison to some of the fine beats RZA constructed on The W and Iron Flag. That being said, "C.R.E.A.M." is still one of my favorite Wu-Tang songs, as is "Protect Ya Neck" and "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'."

FuckYouOiOiOi (July 25, 2006)

this is not a perfect album cause raekwon fucking sucks and fucks it up.

swingline (January 18, 2006)

the poon-tang clan? YUM!

Anonymous (November 24, 2005)

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Anonymous (September 5, 2005)

punk is not a social movement it's a high school cliqque

blade-runner (August 30, 2005)

So now Gangsta is in, eh.? interesting..
Ain't got nothing on the Geto Boys

Anonymous (May 27, 2004)

Remember the stuff they did after this album? While, yes this was a pretty good albums in its day have they stood the test of time as a group? Everything after this was crap unless you start counting olo projects then of coure U-God and Method man were very uccessful

Jesse (May 26, 2004)

Most people actually hate me for my other reviews and just carried it over.

KlashedKi (May 26, 2004)

Why is there so much hatred for Jesse because he posted a rap album review on a punknews sight? Seriously all he did was say what good music is, plain and simple. Kanye is overrated but hey he's a bit of light in a dark alley so maybe someone can finally pick up the trash and clean up. What would we do without Wu Tang, because I have no clue.

Anonymous (May 25, 2004)

its so great that you did a review of this album. glad your showing some props to the best rap group in today's times. this is truly a must have and an outstanding rap album

Anonymous (May 25, 2004)

i love Shaolin Shadow Boxing haha

Anonymous (May 25, 2004)

"I don't get how anyone can take a group that has its own fucking clothing brand seriously"

Why not? Doesnt every band have its own line of clothing? granted, it might just be their logo on a hanes tshirt,but that is still clothing, that has the band name on it, and the profits go straight to the band. So I guess you take no band that has its own tshirts serious. Man I guess you only like moronic bands who don't see the money in merchandise. Having your own clothing line, like MADE or Atticus or Sean John is just expanding the same idea as bands like avail , dillenger 4, or any other non seroius (i guess) bands have of selling shirts for money w/ their name on it. Its just having more money to expand on the idea and make more than just shirts w/ your band name on it. Some people like to create clothing and design it for fun and their is money in it if you succeed and have the money to get it off the ground. just thought i'd point out your ignorance.

plutocracy (May 25, 2004)

"when did punk become less about politics and more about gay rights?"

Haha. When did gay rights not get filed under 'politics'?

For the first time I have to protest against a record being reviewed on this site. Hip-hop does have a lot in common with punk. But Wu-Tang Clan hasn't.

I don't get how anyone can take a group that has its own fucking clothing brand seriously.

Jesse (May 25, 2004)

I love how my bisexual tendencies are always assaulted. Being called "gay" by people on this site in a way that is supposed to be derogatory ends up only being half-truths. ZINGED ya on that one, fuckers.

Now get over here and suck my homo-erotic dick. I swear I'll return the favor.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

Oh god the punk police have just been handed a late christmas present, they have wet dreams about this kinda shit.

Anyways, punknews.org is the name of this site, but it is a private site, and can post whatever the fuck it wants.

notfeelingcreative (May 24, 2004)

To the person below: Clearly the most overrated rap album of all time was "Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em!"!

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

what has this site come to that they are reviewing rap albums on a punk news site? i have nothing against rap at all, but this has nothing to do at all with punk in any shape or form.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

jesse, are you gay or just totally righteous, im thinking columns a and b

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

when did punk become less about politics and more about gay rights? jurassic five sucks, no way can they even compare to wu-tang, peace homos

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

Oh and anything by the Beastie Boys of course.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

Quite possibly the most overrated rap album of all time. Common's "Like Water for Chocolate", Talib Kweli's "Quality", Mos Def's "Black on Both Sides", Kanye's "College Dropout", Nas' "Illmatic", Eric B and Rakim's... well any album by them, Jurassic 5's "Power in Numbers", Jay Z's "Reasonable Doubt" and "Black Album" and J-Kwon's "Hood Hop" (ok that ones a joke) are what real rap is about. This was good for its time but has become outdated.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

i meant to say i'd rather see wu-tang on here than the shitty 7", with my point being that self released albums (in my opinion) should only be reviewed if they're good because what's the point of saying something sucks if nobody's gonna hear it anyway?

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

which is worse, a eleven year old amazing hip hop album getting reviewed or a self released punk 7" that no one's ever gonna hear get a bad review. i pick wu-tang.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

why did you review a ten year old record, and further, why is it posted on this website? scratching my head...

TJmoney (May 24, 2004)

I like the kanye west cd..track 9 "get em high" with talib kweli and common and track 18 "two words" with mos def are really good...there's other good stuff on there too but those tracks really stand out

Jesse (May 24, 2004)

I actually wrote this review about 4 weeks ago, before Kidzbopgate. The reviews I write that aren't sent from Scott are generally my favorite albums that haven't been reviewed on Punknews. This just happens to be one of my favorite albums.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

i don't need to read the comments to knwo that some white boy suburban kid says something like 'this isnt punk , rap sucks' or some other narrow minded ethnocentric or borderline racist comment. this cd is to hip hop what the mifits were to punk. totally groundbreaking and kinda weird. it aint as classic as reasonable doubt, illmatic, ready to die, the chronic, public enemy or tupac but its up there. top 10 for sure. not that white kids all love dave chapelle they might think its ok to listen to this 'black people music'.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

Maaaannnnn............... I was looking for this cd in my house like 2-3 weeks ago and couldn't find it!! so, so pissed!!

punk18 (May 24, 2004)

oh after kidzpop another very sophisticated phoney idea: lets do a wu tang review on a page called punknews and show how open minded we are. Oh yeah, fuck you

I totally agree. The 3rd line of the song begins with 'My Hip-hop' which should be self explanitory. The last thing that this group is, is punk. Being open-minded would be writing about groups like Good Charlotte and Simple Plan (they are posers and mainstream in my opinion). This definitely wasn't open-mindedness. It was just ridiculous.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

Since when did Kayne West's music become so previlant and ground breaking? Ive seen his videos on MTV or whatever and put the closed captioning on(i have a hard time understanding rappers lyrics) and they are about as thought provoking as a NOFX cd. The guy is an egomaniac and is an awful lyricist. Not to mention hes from Chicago or something and does the stupid lengthing of ere's.....

I dont like rap but I still think Coolio's Gangstas Paradise is one of the best rap singles of the last 10-15 years, if not THE BEST.

SOY=shit.

hubitcherkokov (May 24, 2004)

Method Man's first solo album "Tical" is my favorite rap album. The song "Release Yo Delf" is so great, as well as the remix. "Tical2000" wasn't bad either, but his effort with Redman, "Blackout", didn't quite hit the spot. Peace.

lunchbox (May 23, 2004)

"Kanye West ain't bad, but he's got nothing on The Roots or Mos Def."

Of course he doesn't, you're talking about two of the greatest hip-hop acts around, Kanye is just better when compared to the Lil' Johns, Petey Pablos and Ludacris of the world."

you must chill. ludacris is good.

lunchbox (May 23, 2004)

this cd is ill. but the best hip hop album ever is:

nas - illmatic

no one has done it better since illmatic

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

"It's a bunch of friends who are very talented and made a (great) allbum together. That's what punk rock was about, one time. You may remember."

well said!

BSD (May 23, 2004)

This record is 10 times more revelant to this site than anything by the Mars Volta or YOB.

SOYBOMB (May 23, 2004)

"Kayne West sucks dick. He needs a fucking ego check."

Yeah, totally, he needs to get into a car accident to realize just how important life really is...

... Oh wait, that already happened.

Way to be a dick, dick, if you even bothered to listen to Kayne's disc, which you probably have not, seeing as how you made such a sweeping generalization, doucher, you'd realize that a majority of his songs are about his gratitude towards life itself for putting him where he is today.

Unlike a lot of artists who get to where are by putting out a single track that get's countless spins on the radio only to have no lasting value, he actually puts out something of idiosyncrasy and meaning to at least himself.

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

this review is pointless

Haggard (May 23, 2004)

"Hey sweet. I want to be intolerant as well. I hate blacks, Jews, and Indians AS WELL as those bisexual, black pant wearing homos!!! "

I thought I was the only one.

-Justin

Jesse (May 23, 2004)

Hey sweet. I want to be intolerant as well. I hate blacks, Jews, and Indians AS WELL as those bisexual, black pant wearing homos!!!

Hey. Douche. Get a fucking life you homophobic loser.

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

you all forgetting that while deltron3030 is certainly a good album, it is most certainly not even the best rap album released within the past few years-buy any release from MF doom or any of his other aliases such as viktor vaughn and king gheedorah, and pick up madvillains, his collaboration with madlib-punk is dying, every new band that comes out and is labeled punk is most certainly not punk, the scene is oversaturated with bisexuals in black pants and davey havok went from street punk god to glam goth homo

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

One reason this album should be reviewed here:

It's a bunch of friends who are very talented and made a (great) allbum together. That's what punk rock was about, one time. You may remember.

Jesse (May 23, 2004)

Deltron is decent, but the best work Del ever did was with Heiroglyphics. Right now, I'm totally feeling HeirUspecs. And Eyedea. And most of the Rhyme Sayers crew. Minneapolis white rap represent. And Atmosphere should've stopped after putting Lucy Ford onto a CD.

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

i like:
nas- illmatic
heiroglyphics

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

You all seem to be forgetting that Deltron 3030 is the best rap album ever.

and while I love the RZA, he's no DJ Shadow. Seriously, all of you go buy Endtroducing by DJ Shadow. It is life-changing good.

BSD (May 22, 2004)

*most 80's underground metal combined the Motorhead approach with hardcore punk.

BSD (May 22, 2004)

Hm... Death Metal, grind, thrash and dark metal are all more than a little hardcore-punk inspired. Venom and Motorhead influenced those bands, but most 80's underground metal Listen to mid-era Discharge, then listen to Slayer. Or listen to Void, then Cryptic Slaughter. Can you not hear the direct influence?

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

"t's music you stupid fucks. Not everyone you think is so cool or so "down with the kids" is punk you retards. Punk is fast music with guitars, not fucking rap. NOT punknews.org in the least"

fast music with guitars huh?
i never knew that death metal was punk rock...

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

"It's music you stupid fucks. Not everyone you think is so cool or so "down with the kids" is punk you retards. Punk is fast music with guitars, not fucking rap. NOT punknews.org in the least"

Wow, I do believe your a complete and total douchebag. Who the fuck are you to say what punk is and what it isnt? Its not like Dave came right and said that punk was a mindset, yet you still find the the need to rise to the defense of your superficial opinionation. Yes, punk rock is a genre, but hey, did it ever occur to you that perhaps punk rock is just that, PUNK rock, because of a certain ideaology. Hell,what one considers punk is a personal preference. Theres no need to jump and attack anyone else's interpretation of the movement just because your perception varies from theirs.

And whether Wu-Tang Clan are punk or not, its quite obvious that there are many readers here who enjoy their music. So maybe they're more "punk" than you think. Unless of course, punk rock really IS just a close-minded genre of fast music with a superiority complex.

Haggard (May 22, 2004)

Wu-Tang ain't nothin' to fuck with.

-Justin

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

oh after kidzpop another very sophisticated phoney idea: lets do a wu tang review on a page called punknews and show how open minded we are. Oh yeah, fuck you

SOYBOMB (May 22, 2004)

You were right the first time I believe.

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

or is it:

"Well I aspire, to set the microphone on fire..."

?

-sickboi

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

in continuation:

"Well, I'm a sire
I set the microphone on fire,
Rap styles vary,
and Carey like Mariah"

-sickboi

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

What the fuck?!?!?!?!?!?

I did a review of this album like 2 years ago that never got posted, under my assumption that you wouldn't because it was rap.

This record was more punk then half the shit out there today.

-sickboi

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

Kayne West sucks dick. He needs a fucking ego check.

4131 (May 22, 2004)

as far as hip hop goes Aes Rock is what i've been bumbing lately, and this album is the best rap album ever. fucking period. WU TANG!

JimmyArndt (May 22, 2004)

I can't even read the comments of so many of you people. They're just so fucking dumb. Fuck all Ya'll, Wu-Tang is for the Children.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

"And what is "punk rock" anyway? Does it have to be related to music? Or can it be broadly spread as a mentality or ideology based after an aesthetic of independence? Who's to say? I'm not"

It's music you stupid fucks. Not everyone you think is so cool or so "down with the kids" is punk you retards. Punk is fast music with guitars, not fucking rap. NOT punknews.org in the least

BSD (May 22, 2004)

These macho anthems are the perfect sound track to a night of beating up minorities for no reason.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

ramo:

your taste in hip hop leaves a lot to be desired. dead prez are descent, d12 is fucking awful, and while the roots were a great band at one time, their new single is LAME. it reminds me of 1998 when busta rhymes and timbaland & magoo both released knight rider ripoffs at the same time. i don't hear the band i know and love, just a bullshit synth beat. i should be getting my new madvillain disc in the mail shortly, and i suggest anyone to pick that up if they wanna hear some true underground hip hop.
oh yea, 36 chambers should be top ten all time on anyone's list.

mikeinflames (May 22, 2004)

wu tang ain't nuttin to fuck wit

BBWWWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

daegan (May 22, 2004)

i know where d12 buys their video games.

SOYBOMB (May 22, 2004)

(wow I guess you can't use extended ascii) love you.

SOYBOMB (May 22, 2004)

Don't worry Jesse, I

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

ramo, d12 is complete trash. horrible horrible hip hop that tries to be as corporate as em. d12 are the casualties of hip hop.

DavidChicago (May 22, 2004)

Soybomb,
I think its silly to question the validity of this review, or for someone to call into question the actions taken by this site and its administrators. Wu-Tang kicks ass, and threw it down for the kids for a long-ass time. And what is "punk rock" anyway? Does it have to be related to music? Or can it be broadly spread as a mentality or ideology based after an aesthetic of independence? Who's to say? I'm not. I'm only 22 and am much younger than "punk rock".
Also, "Wu-Tang Clan ain't nothing to mess with".
Konichiwa bitches,
David

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

i grew up on this album. M.E.T.H.O.D Man!

knaye's album is good. but dead prez and D12 are my top albums for 2004.

Ramo
(until the next Roots album comes out)

Jesse (May 22, 2004)

I just read this comment:

"It's a shame though that Jesse had to review it."

Harsh man, harsh. That's a dagger to the heart, that's what that is.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

very good album if your into this style of music also. someone should review a Jedi Mind Tricks album. preferably the "Psycho-Social" or "Violent by Design" album. in my opinion these guys rip like Wu Tang in a completely different style, using biblical references and dark original beats. check them out. (new album is pretty bad tho)

SOYBOMB (May 22, 2004)

"excuse me, but how is this fucking punk?"

It's not.

Thank god.

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

excuse me, but how is this fucking punk?

losingstreakca (May 21, 2004)

you know ghost face killer is gonna be on that tour with LTJ, snoop dogg, korn and all those other bands

daegan (May 21, 2004)

great cd.

doesn't really belong here though.

next thing i know, i'm gonna see an enya or yanni cd up here.

CactusSac (May 21, 2004)

This is a fucking amazing album and should be listened to by all.

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

M-E-T-H-O-D MAN

boba_fett (May 21, 2004)

dont like wu-tang, dont like rap or hip hop or whatever this called. i used to like cypress hill though. and back when bone thugs n harmony was around i thought they were cool. but thats about it.

porkpie (May 21, 2004)

"In any event, Kayne West's disc is the best contemporary rap album out there. If you listen to any other rap and do not appreciate Kayne, you're a failure at life.

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-"

^you hit the nail right on the head bro. nice one.

-brent

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

rapnews.org biaatches

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

i love this record. better than any thing else reviewed on this site.

notfeelingcreative (May 21, 2004)

"Kanye West ain't bad, but he's got nothing on The Roots or Mos Def."

Of course he doesn't, you're talking about two of the greatest hip-hop acts around, Kanye is just better when compared to the Lil' Johns, Petey Pablos and Ludacris of the world.

Jesse (May 21, 2004)

Kanye West ain't bad, but he's got nothing on The Roots or Mos Def.

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

they took underground hip hop to the masses via a major label in 1993 the same way green day took pop punk to the masses via a major label in 1994. that's what gives.

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

Wu-Tang hasn't aged well. This album is only classic as an artifact of the mid-90s... not as a genre defining (or even plain old kick ass) record. Plus, while I support this website featuring reviews of indie and punk-related music, Wu-Tang is major label rap. What gives?

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

the pretty toney album kills the college dropout dead

notfeelingcreative (May 21, 2004)

Yeah, Kanye West is really good, a bit overexposed as of late, i'm also really impressed by Jay-Z's "Black Album", i was never really a fan of his stuff prior, other than a few tracks off "Hard Knock Life"!

SOYBOMB (May 21, 2004)

In any event, Kayne West's disc is the best contemporary rap album out there. If you listen to any other rap and do not appreciate Kayne, you're a failure at life.

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

SOYBOMB (May 21, 2004)

This album is fantastic;

It's a shame though that Jesse had to review it.

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

Wu tang clan aint nothin to **** wit.

notfeelingcreative (May 21, 2004)

I love this album, one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever recorded! Back when it first came out I was in one of my "I hate hip hop" phases in high school, but, now, it's up there with albums like, "Fresh Fuit for Rotting Vegetables", "Waiting For THe Sun", "Rubber Soul","EP/LP", Static Age" "straight outta compton" "It takes a nation of millions to hold us back" etc....in my top tenty of all time.

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

i agree with jesse completely. this is really one of the best albums (not just hip hop albums) ever made. i'm all for quality hip hop being reviewed on this site.

BSD (May 21, 2004)

"It's really like comparing NoFX to New Found Glory. I mean, they both play punk music, right?"

Rather, 13 year olds who hang around at the skate shop think they play punk music.

Jesse (May 21, 2004)

There's a big difference between Wu-Tang and Nelly. It's really like comparing NoFX to New Found Glory. I mean, they both play punk music, right? There's a bold line between hip-hop, and trash.

captaincrunch (May 21, 2004)

I agree 100% with this review. Its funny, I was just thinking today how overatted Jay-Z is compared to anything from the early 90's. People talk like the Black Album is something revolutionary or unique. To me, its just mediocre. The real good stuff is from the early 90's. when the rappers weren't concerned with having their own clothing lines or night clubs. Wu-Tang killa bees fo-eva.

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

And Jesse continues to prove that he has no place on this forum? So, Jesse, when are you going to write that 5-star Nelly review?

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

Sometimes fate is cruel.. like when i have to WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with Jesse.. i'm gonna go start drinking..

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