Retro Review: Enter the Wu-Tang
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Retro Review: Enter the Wu-Tang

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

Enter the Wu-Tang was the introduction of the infamous Wu-Tang Clan. For the people who don’t remember this album or the people that weren’t around to enjoy it, I’d seriously suggest giving it a listen. This is classic hip-hop. You can’t point to an East Coast artist that wasn’t influenced by the Wu. Even in the 2000’s, you had people emulating their instrumental and vocal styles. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call Wu-Tang the Beatles of rap.

  • Lyrics
  • Instrumentation
  • Production
  • Features
  • Longevity
  • Impact
  • Personal Preference
4.6
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Lyrics
 I’d like to be able to point out the best lyricist in the group…but I can’t. Everyone has their own unique style, and they all mesh so well. I won’t like, Method Man is my favorite, just because of his solo stuff and his stuff with Redman that came after this album. However, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, GZA, Ghostface Killah, and RZA all did amazingly. And, they all mesh so well.
Instrumentation
 RZA shaped an entire sub-genre of hip-hop, but the style has passed on to even other genres of music. You can hear the influence from this album to this day, on so many artists that I can’t even list them, from System of a Down to Quentin Tarantino. The soul samples, the movie clips…fit so well with the vocals. Rakeem did the damn thing.
Production
 Ok, this album was recorded in 1992 and 1993. It was gritty. The production doesn’t really hold up to today’s standards. To be fair, however, the rawness adds to the experience, so I can’t rate it too low. It’s a love or hate thing, haha.
Features
 I have to be fair on this one and rate it high since there were no features on the album. If they couldn’t bring the album down, then that means the score shouldn’t go down, either.
Longevity
 Lyrically, this album is hard-pressed to find a match. Even 25 years later. I’d understand if people had difficulty listening, due to the audio quality, though. If raw and grimy, lo-fi music is your thing…this may end up on your top list, even if you don’t admit it. Instrumentally, it’s the same case.
Impact
 If it weren’t for this album, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West, Alchemist, 9th Wonder, Just Blaze, and so many more would be names you never heard. This album paved the way for an entire generation of rappers from NY. Even to this day, getting one of the Wu-Tang Clan to appear on your album is an honor to anyone who considers themselves a lyricist. Considering their impact spread to so much more than hip-hop, though, it’s hard to rate this anything lower than a 5-star impact. Let’s not forget every person still in school drawing that bird on their desk haha.
Personal Preference
 Some might disagree, but this is probably one of the most important albums in hip-hop. While I enjoyed the G-Funk that was going on with the West Coast rappers, this album added the diversity that everyone needs in their lives. Hip-hop needed it too, otherwise, we might still be listening to exclusively Dr. Dre and DJ Quik imitators. As long as someone is pushing the envelope in many directions, hip-hop will continue to be an interesting culture. Enter the Wu-Tang helped keep it going.

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