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W [Explicit Lyrics, Import]

Wu-Tang Clan Audio CD
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Biographyby Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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 (21 Nov 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000051XY5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro (Shaolin Finger Jab)/Chamber Music
2. Careful (Click, Click)
3. Hollow Bones
4. Redbull
5. One Blood Under W
6. Conditioner
7. Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)
8. Let My Niggas Live
9. I Can't Go To Sleep
10. Do You Really (Thang, Thang)
11. The Monument
12. Gravel Pit
13. Jah World

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Wu-Tang Clan ~ W

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're Back!! 3 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
It seems that whatever the quality of the solo albums and the many Wu-affiliated albums, when the Wu have a family get together at their hive, they seem to produce only the sweetest honey. Their debut, the hugely influential ‘Enter The Wu Tang’ is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest hip hop albums ever, and its follow-up ‘Forever’, while perhaps a little long, was another classic hip hop LP. Unlike, the previous Wu Tang LPs though, ‘The W’, was released in the wake of some pretty shoddy solo albums from some of the Wu’s key players (Method Man, Gza and Raekwon). This time though the Wu have brought along a few friends (a first for a Wu group effort). Redman, Busta Rhymes, Junior Reid, Snoop Dogg, Isaac Hayes and Nas all lend their support.
After a (now typically) kitsch kung-fu movie sample is dealt with, Method Man yells, “We’re Back!” at the start of ‘Chamber Music’. It’s a strangely cathartic moment, when the horror of his ‘Tical 2000’ album is washed away in an instant; and when Method Man (possibly the laziest member of the Wu around the release of ‘The W’) means business, you know the rest can’t be far behind. And indeed, they aren’t.
Perhaps due to the critical mauling most of their second solo albums took, or just because the pressure of rapping solo on every track is off, each MC is back to their best. It is Ghostface Killah, however, who most often stands out above his peers. On ‘Protect Ya Neck’, he spits, “taught y’all ni**ers how to rap / reimburse me.” Elsewhere, a pre-incarceration ODB is rambling more untidily than ever on, ‘Conditioner’. But for the most part this is a group effort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIRD TIME BANGER! 13 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm seeing alot of people bad mouthing this album. They are wrong. Here's why this album deserves a whole five star rating.
Track 1. After a lovely back to basics intro with kung fu flick samples and all, " Chamber Music" starts playing. I loved the beat and the Tune made it easy for Raekwon to flow a beatiful first verse. But of course even with a catchy chorus from Method Man, the Gza steals the show.
Track 2. "Careful" takes me back to their very first song, bring da ruckus. It has a hard core, skeletal Rza beat and all the rappers, even Cappadonna, spit good verses and catchy chorus skits on this track.
Track 3. This track takes quite a long time to get used to. And what takes even longer to get used to is Ghost face spilling his heart out onto the mike. But don't worry, he does this alot on the W. The beat is slightly weak on this track but it's saved by Ghost's great lyrical flow.
Track 4. Red Man kicks us straight off with an explosive verse. One of the best beats on the album and Method Man clearly outshining all emcees in sight, this track is a classic Wu Banga!
Track 5. If you like Jr. Reid and Masta Killa, you'll love this track. They work nicely together. Masta Killa spits two steady deep throat verses inbetween an almost regie chorus. Good beat. Good tune, great track.
Track 6. I don't like Ol Dirty's style in this song. He sounds as if he's singing a hyme in church...Liven up Ol Dirty! But of course after a relativley weak track the Gza jumps in and saves it.
Track 7. You're probably all familiar with this one so I won't go into too much detail. Ghost face and Gza rule the track but with good verses from all 9 emcees.
Track 8. Nas does surprisingly well on this song.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rugged and Flawed 23 Oct 2013
By Bubo
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Quick review. This for me is possibly the weakest Wu-Tang release; the fact it was critically more successful than Wu-Tang Forever beggars belief. To be fair, two thirds of the album are actually pretty good. Tracks one to eight are a four star affair (i.e. I like the tracks) with Chamber Music and Protect Your Neck (The Jump Off) garnering five stars from me on Media Player. Unfortunately the last third of the album from I can't go to sleep to the closer Jah World are incredibly mediocre. What was a four to a four and half star album suddenly deteriorates into a filler-ridden three star and a half album.

The production is raw, which is fine, but there is a heavy emphasis on the Kun Fu/Samurai mythology with what I think are too many skits and film samples. They serve to give the album a patchy feel, even by Hip Hop standards where non musical tracks are rife. Fortunately the follow-up Iron Flag was a huge step in the right direction for the Wu; polished production, almost no filler, no distracting skits and samples, and a consistent album feel. The W is for me an okay album at best, therefore a three star to a three star and a half affair. This is not a great Hip Hop album by most standards, but may still be worth acquiring to get a fuller picture of the Wu-Tang discography.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Wu 15 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
After "Forever", a rambling, lax collection of cuts with few high points, many thought the Wu had fallen off. However, from the slammin' intro of "The W", it is clear they've pulled off a return to form. "Chamber Music", the first track, is simply genious. Excellent martial arts sound effects, followed by wicked far-east background sounds give the track an athmosphere of menace. The rapping is supremely tight, and this kind of rhyming and menacing feel are carried through, even on the worst tracks. Even on these poorer tracks, like the boring "Careful Careful", the Wu's rhymes still outclass most rappers. The Wu are definatley at their best on the faster paced tracks, such as "Redbul" and "Thang Thang", but their new and experimental soul sounds on "I Can't Go To Sleep" provide an emotional listen. All over, a quality album, with a few low points -but even these points are still better than a lot of stuff out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This s*** is only built for those who understand
Everything they do is great. They are original and talented unlike many "rappers" in this new era. The saga continues.....
Published 3 months ago by Salman Alajmi
5.0 out of 5 stars The W
The W was a gift for a Wu-Tang Clan who was delighted to add it to his collection. It is a matter of some concern however that Amazon have failed to provide a refund for a faulty... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jennifer Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Like new
I recomend this to everyone.good quality and I love this album, is the best album so far. thank you for this ..
Published 15 months ago by Valentin
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible album, another reviewer unable to believe it has so many 5*...
This album was so bad I actually recently decided to sell it (for a pittance); and I rarely ever decide to sell old cds from my collection. Read more
Published on 14 April 2012 by neko83
5.0 out of 5 stars A must!!!
Simply one of the greatest hip-hop Albums of all time and a must for anyone new to the genre. buy it, love it. tell your'e friends.
Published on 13 May 2011 by Dannybhoy1984
4.0 out of 5 stars --Pay Attention--
This album has you in two minds. The first time I listened to it I thought it was o.k but nothing special. But after a few listens, it just gets to you. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic hip hop! Ignore the critics!
Don't listen to the critics, this album is a masterpiece and is a great chance to see Wu-tangs rappers at their best! Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2003 by "krono4eva"
3.0 out of 5 stars it's not there best but it's o.k
As most who have heard this album will say it's no way there best but ater a few listens it begins to grow on you. Ghostface killah is the best wu member full stop!! Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2002 by "ezeshady1"
3.0 out of 5 stars man wu tang can do much better ....
ok this wu tang album is only worth buying for the genuine wu fans and collectors....also there aint many good songs on this album...i was suprised to be honest. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2001 by "tical_judgementday"
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