Today In Hip-Hop: Wu-Tang Clan Releases ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’ 20 Years Ago!

On this day, November 9, in hip-hop history…

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1993: The lonely highway of musical history is littered with remnants of groups that could not keep it together. Differing visions, massive egos and different musical tastes have caused even the strongest of bonds to shatter. Even the Beatles could only last seven years. Things might fall apart but Wu-Tang is forever. Two decades after the release of their remarkable debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the mighty Wu-Tang Clan still ain’t nothing to f— with.

It can be difficult to describe to newcomers how unlikely the Wu’s massive success was when they debuted in November 1993. Wu-Tang was a group of nine wildly different rappers making defiantly hardcore, New York rap music in an era in which hip-hop was starting to move toward the center of the pop spectrum. How was that going to work? Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) succeeded in ways that few could expect, bringing a stripped-down and rugged aesthetic back to the forefront of hip-hop. Led by The RZA’s prescient, overarching vision, the Wu-Tang assaulted pop culture with a Kung fu grip and razor sharp lyricism. It turned each member a star and launched one of hip-hop’s most enduring and popular brands.

The RZA, The GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Masta Killa delivered one of the most famous albums in hip-hop history on 36 Chambers. “Protect Ya Neck” was the statement of purpose. “C.R.E.A.M.” was the anthem. Songs such as “Can’t It Be All So Simple” and “Tearz” showcased a gift for humanistic storytelling. There were 12 songs and they were practically all classics.

20 years later, Wu-Tang Clan is still going strong, touring the nation with plans on releasing their sixth official album next year. The legacy of the Wu-Tang can be seen not only in their music and the group’s success as solo artists but their influence on the business side of hip-hop as they reinvented the concept of record deals, launched clothing lands and expanded their brand in ways that hip-hop had not seen to date. Regardless of their innovation, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) goes down as one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever and the group’s crowning achievement.

  • BrianRaider

    #SALUTE

  • Dyrmakr

    Greatest hip hop album of all time. I remember buying the cassette tape the day it came it out. Don’t have the tape anymore but still bang that CD in my Benz to this day.
    Never looked back. Wu still my favorite shit of all time…………….

    Protect ya neck suckas………..

    • SteveJacksonRealMan

      o this tape i m keeping well until i go off to heaven one day.hopefully not soon born in eighties,but i m a die hard real hip hop head. such great REAL hip hop back then. will play this prior to anything new today. no comparison .definitely not the”best IMO but as i said below,1 of the few best in a modicum of real hip hop.Today’s “rap” is just that.”rap.”but this is real hip hop

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      • Damien Boricua Pa

        i agree chronic,biggie,bone thugs,pac and then there’s wu tang….rip old dirty bas…rip.
        REAL HIP HOP i am another 80s baby….but yep as others i really do prefer old school errrryday.only REAL hip hop in ma ride,over today wit such bubble gum type commercial fake rap.
        adios yall
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  • Michael

    WU TANG CLAN AIN’T NUTHIN TO F’ WIT!

  • Tyler Durden

    Still listening to this in my Vinyl… MASTERPIECE… SUUUUUUUUUUU !!!

  • wutangfoo

    Not one bad song

    • Damien Boricua Pa

      i do agree. not at all.
      RIP OLE’ DIRTY BAS
      real hip hop here. key word… REAL.

      adios
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      • Officer’s Fiancee’Sydney

        IKR!
        exactly
        that’s the word… real…
        and we know today music just can’t compare i don’t even call it hip hop today…
        just commercialize rap.
        big diff.

        RIP ODB!

  • Slim Joe

    absolute classic. this album is one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever recorded

    • SteveJacksonRealMan

      Next to The CHRONIC to BONE THUGS First To TUPAC Makaveli and a modicum of few others,your right,not the BEST but 1 of the best/greatest of all time EVER reorded,real hip hop heads know that.nothing like today’s um, “rap.”
      i was born in 80s but pick OLD SCHOOL hip hop from 80s-90s early 00′s.
      any day over “today’ water down pop selling wayne rap….
      Glad wu-tang are doing well in life RIP ODB..

      • Damien Boricua Pa

        i was goin 2 say the few your saying,and this album wu tang.yep.same as u i listen to more old school and i m not “old” but born also in the 80s…jjust sound better old skool in ma ride than new sh—t.
        adios
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        • Officer’s Fiancee’Sydney

          i love it. never sick of GOOD hip hop…i know today cant compare your right damien,just better hip hop back then and i love it….
          rip odb

  • Damien Boricua Pa

    i agree chronic,biggie,bone thugs,pac and then there’s wu tang….rip old dirty bas…rip.

    REAL HIP HOP i am another 80s baby….but yep as others i really do prefer old school errrryday.only REAL hip hop in ma ride,over today wit such bubble gum type commercial fake rap.

    adios yall

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