August 03, 2014

Wu-Tang Clan "Reunited" (Video, 1997)

Let me start by saying, Wu-Tang Clan's "Wu Tang Forever" was an important album in my life for a lot of reasons that have nothing to do with the music. It was just an important summer; a lot happened that year on the personal front and like most things, we earmark events consciously or subconsciously through music or other things that bring us back to that time / place / moment. I can't say specifically it's Wu's "Reunited," or "Triumph," or "Older Gods," it was the whole album. Ironically, I chose Wu's "Reunited," but it was actually the 3rd single and it came out a full year after 'Triumph." How many albums today release singles and videos for an album a year later? Next to none. That said, you get the feeling they burned up their whole budget on the "Triumph" video, because "Reunited" was kinda fugazzi. The opening scene features a young Angela Yee (The Breakfast Club) and it's mostly just footage from live shows; a 180 from the highly produced video for "Triumph." GZA rips through the banner with his opening lyrics, "Reunited, double LP, world excited Struck a match to the underground, industry ignited..." The album takes off from there.