Band: Wu-Tang Clan
Album: Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Label: Loud Records
Pressing: Original Loud Records version. No idea what pressing mine is, but it is an old one.
Released on this day (9th November) way back in 1993, and for me, it is still one of the ultimate Hip Hop albums. It is near perfection; the kung fu samples are still great. The skits are even good - just listen to Method Man talk about torturing people if you need proof! Plus there's that analogue, dirty, muddy sound on the production which still sounds raw and mean, perfectly complimenting the verses that came from the Slums Of Shaolin. From Ghost's first verse everyone spits fire for the entire hour. And then, the samples Rza chooses to use are brilliant: Using Wendy Renae's ‘After Laughter’ for ‘Tearz’ was a stroke of genius. Whatever they went on to produce afterwards, and whatever your opinion of them is now, you still can't touch this album. I think Rza's initial vision for the Wu-Tang Clan was really forward thinking. Dropping what for all intents and purposes is ‘just’ a posse album, to act as a showcase for a group of 9 rappers to launch solo albums. As a business model it was well and truly successful. I don't know what else to say, other than I love it from front to back. After 22 years, this album is still in my regular rotation, and still ain't nuthin' ta fuck with…