I must confess that I don’t listen to much hip hop or rap, but I know quality when I hear it in any format of music, and Wu-Tang Clan is at the top of the game. Their debut, released in 1993, still stands tall in the history of hip hop, a huge achievement in a genre not necessarily known for long careers or fan loyalty. One of the things I really love about this album is the way it was all orchestrated by the RZA. He put together an all star squad of talent, got them to battle for verses, mixed it in a unique and groundbreaking style, and consequently put East Coast rap back on the map. As an outsider to rap culture, I admit there is a lot of lyrical meaning that I will likely never fully comprehend, but the genius of Wu-Tang is that it works for me despite my ignorance. You could play the backing tracks and beats and this would still be fun to listen to…add in Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon, U God, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, GZA, and RZA, with all their verbal styles and disparity, and you have a rap masterpiece that has stood the test of time.
Written By Braddon S. Williams