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Emerging in 1993, when Dr. Dre's G-funk had overtaken the hip-hop world, the Staten Island, NY-based Wu-Tang Clan proved to be the most revolutionary rap group of the mid-'90s -- and only partially because of their music. Turning the standard concept of a hip-hop crew inside out, the Wu-Tang Clan were assembled as a loose congregation of nine ... Read more in Amazon's Wu-Tang Clan Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Loud
  • ASIN: B000002WPI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bring Da Ruckus
2. Shame On A Nigga
3. Clan In Da Front
4. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber
5. Can It Be All So Simple
6. Da Mystery Of Chessboxin'
7. Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit
8. C.R.E.A.M
9. Method Man
10. Protect Ya Neck
11. Tearz
12. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber - Part II

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Format : LP vinyl 180 gram audiophile / Sleeve : 3mm

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This debut revolutionized hip-hop (and launched half a dozen solo careers), as much for The RZA's raw barrage of off-kilter, off-key loops and sound effects as for its elliptically violent lyrics. Martial arts--at least as they appear in kung fu movies--are the Wu-Tang Clan's favorite metaphor, but they're also the organizing principle of the group, a crowd of eight rappers, each with his own way-out-there "fighting style." They created their own little self-contained culture, with its own symbols and shifting identities, and let listeners figure it out for themselves. Unless you're willing to immerse yourself in its world, it can be baffling and a little dry, but its aggression and originality are undeniable. --Douglas Wolk

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Bassett on 8 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
The music world had never heard anything like it. Eight MCs from New York with at least three personas each and an unmitigated passion for kung-fu movies release an album full of blood, passion, violence and Eastern mysticism coupled with eerie piano and string arrangements and pulsating basslines. Now, a decade after its release it is believed to be the second most essential hip hop album ever recorded (just behind Public Enemy's 'It Takes A Nation Of Millions').
The moment Ghostface Killah nails the first line on 'Bring Da Ruckus' the hip hop world would never be the same again. After an uncompromising verse and with no fuss or pause Ghostface passes the microphone to Raekwon who seamlessly continues. Hip hop groups of course were not unheard of, but where groups like Public Enemy and the Ultramagnetic MCs each had a main rapper, here there were eight equally visible rappers, each as talented as the last.
While eventually the group would collapse under the weight of kung-fu kitsch, ten years ago they were genuinely intimidating. Their description of what they do to journalists that serves as the introduction to 'Method Man' is grotesque. Earlier Gza had threatened to 'slit a n***er's back like a Dutch master killer" on 'Wu Tang: 7th Chamber'.
What makes the Wu Tang so entertaining is that each MC has their own personality well-crafted, even at this formative stage of their careers. Each MC brings an enthusiasm and character to the album. Surrounding the three master storytellers (Raekwon, Gza and Ghostface Killah) are U-God and Inspectah Deck who have never bettered their respective verses on this LP, the director Rza who also delivers most of his best verses here, witty prankster Method Man and resident lunatic ODB.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By nairobiny on 25 Dec. 2013
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The titles of all but one of the tracks say that these are "clean" versions. Having just bought the mp3 album, I can confirm that they are the explicit versions.

This will please some who, like me, wanted the explicit versions but might have been afraid to purchase this because of the "clean" in the title.

And it will upset some who have bought this expecting there to be no bad language. Because it's all hanging out there.

I hope this is helpful to prospective purchasers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "eddy_viking180" on 15 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Easily the best album by wu-tang clan. I recently bought "The W" and although it is still very good, it isn't quite as good as 36 chambers. The beats are heavy and its spooky/eerie music trademark can be definately heard. A must-buy for any wu-tang clan fan, and also any gravediggaz fans, as the music is almost identical with some raps from wu-tang members, and was in fact produced by wu-tang's RZA. Easily worth£7.00 for an urban-classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rollover on 12 Dec. 2003
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This is the best hip-hop album I've ever bought. I got it back in '98, and I still listen to it a lot. It takes a few listens to get into the slang the Wu use, but after that you're hooked. The beats are very raw, which can take some getting used to, but once you do get used to it most other hip-hop sounds like pop; soft and over-produced, and you just won't want to listen to it any more. What turns me on in rap is the lyrics, and some of the lyrics on this album are phenomenal. Mixing references to classic kung-fu films with slang from the projects in 'Shaolin' Island, the Wu came up with an original style which is complemented by the fact that as there's so many of them, you never get bored: after a while you pick up the different styles of the clan members. The lyrics are very hardcore, but often witty and amusing. This album is easily the best they made - the only other Wu album which comes close, in my opinion, is GZA's Liquid Swords (which is also superb). 36 Chambers is a definitive album, a must-have for hip-hop fans. If you don't have it, go and buy it. Now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec. 1999
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Groundbreaking production, hypnotic beats, razor sharp lyrics over dark atmospheric strings and loops. You will need to listen to this album a few times before it's lyrics and beats melt into your head and become an integral part of your mind. The production is second to none and has a very gritty street feel to it. The lyrics are simply breathtaking and at times inspiring complementing the funky keyboard riffs and driving beats. This album has it all from tracks that set your ear drums on fire and fill you with rage to heartfelt tracks that command your attention and make you think about the black struggle in urban America. The Wu Tang Clan enjoyed phenomenal success on this classic album and resultantly moulded the future of hip hop with many artists trying to imitate the WU's style without success. Most of the 9 artists in the Wu Tang Clan went on to do solo projects and the producer RZA has become one of the most talented and innovative producers in the music business. Buy this album, listen and learn and let the Wu Tang phenomenon grab hold of you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE on 15 Feb. 2010
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By 1993, West Coast G-funk and gangsta rap was dominating the hip-hop airwaves.

Dr. Dre, having paved the way with his group NWA and his solo classic The Chronic, owned the hip-hop world along with Suge Knight and his Death Row records. Tupac Shakur was already making waves. The East Coast as yet had little to no notable rappers to its name; but here, on this low-budget posse record, the seeds of the East/West rivalry were sown as they wrenched the focus away from Compton.

To this day, no rap album sounds like Enter The Wu-Tang, and no rap group sounds like they do. Nine of them, all MCs, headed by the RZA, each with their own styles, colliding into an astonishing, snarling beast of a record.

With a tiny budget to work with, RZA crafts sawn-off, raw beats that punish the listener. None of the rough edges are smoothed off, leaving pounding jams that lack the richness that G-funk boasted. What replaced it was bizarre kung-fu film references.

The album, unified by its sparse sound, allows the nine Wu-Tang MCs room to stretch, and each of them has their own style, from Ghostface Killah's high-pitched yelp to Method Man's stoned ramble, all the way through to the utter insanity of ODB.

Ghostface opens the record on the clattering 'Bring Tha Ruckus,' a clear statement of intent; his rhymes about a 'head rush' and being 'tougher than an elephant tusk' already establishing how bizarre and unique the group's rhymes were. 'Shame On The N****' pushes ODB to the front as his marble-mouthed style seems both threatening and endearing. Meanwhile, 'C.R.E.A.M.' was so influential that its title became a rap slang word in and of itself.

From here, virtually every member of the crew - particularly The GZA, Raekwon and ODB - would craft era-defining solo albums of their own, but it all started here and arguably, this was the most unified album the group produced both conceptually and as far as quality.
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