May 14, 2014

Wu-Tang Clan "Enter The Wu-Tang" (HHC, 1994)

"Get ready to step into the shadowy world of the slums of Shaolin, and be schooled at swordpoint in the mysteries of ancient martial arts by RZA, the GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, the Method Man, Ghost Face Killer, U-God, Rebel INS and Shallah Raekwon - the Wu-Tang Clan have arrived. Taking up a terrifying stance somewhere around Schooly D or "Criminal Minded" era BDP, Wu-Tang aren't afraid to put the scariness back into hip-hop. With a producer who knows how to make piano samples sound funky, funky fresh and seven rappers with enough styles to satisfy the most demanding of listeners, "Enter The Wu-Tang" is an album that cannot fail to become of hip-hop's all-time classics."

"Shame On A N!gga" is a brilliant piece of music, moving across the rhythm with feet made of piano keys. "CREAM" butchers some soul loops till they can't bear but to run screaming from their captors. "Da Mystery of Chess-boxin" will explain something of Wu-Tang's take on old school kung-fu flicks, and "Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber Part II" has a snare drum that snaps the top off your head even at the lowest volume. The emcees have more to say than we can get into here, but present their lyrics in some of the freshest, dopest ways you've ever heard. It may take a couple of plays to settle in, but soon even the hardest hip-hop heads will realize this is one of the best albums ever made ... It's the sound of hip-hop returning to the golden age." - Hip Hop Connection, 5/94.