5 Solid Albums That Pandora Or Spotify's Algorithms Might Not Suggest
By Joseph Giannone 2014-01-24 14:13:20
Wu-Tang Clan- Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)Oh, Wu-Tang Clan. What can be said about this New York based rap collective that hasnít been already said? Not only did the Wu spring an enclave of celebrated solo careers for its core members like Method man, GZA, Ghostface Killah, RZA, Olí Dirty Bastard (RIP), Raekwon, and so many more, but their time as an ensemble also made for one of the most highly ambitious and arguably best rap albums of the 1990ís with Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Set over 12 nightmarishly beautiful songs, Wu-Tang created a hip-hop masterpiece that hasnít been replicated in sound, style, or ambition since its debut.
The reason for the albumís critical acclaim is due to Wu-Tang Clanís core member the RZA, who produced and created the albums signature sound and style. RZA did this by melting together audio clips and samples from retro Kung-Fu movies, 60ís soul music, and engineering a way to flawlessly give all 9 members of the group enough time to shine on all the albums tracks without ever sounding overstuffed.
Coupled with RZAís production duties and the variety of rapping talents from the other members, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is an historical album that takes a grim look at the horrors of street life, crime, death, and drugs, while simultaneously celebrating kung-fu movies, chess, and the dark themes it covers. What makes this album even better though is that these aspects combined never come off as kitsch.
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