• wu-tang clan - c.r.e.a.m.
    wu-tang clan - c.r.e.a.m.
    album version

    Intro: Raekwon the Chef, Method Man

    What that nigga want God?
    Word up, look out for the cops [Wu-Tang five finger shit]
    (Cash Rules) Word up, two for fives over here baby
    Word up, two for fives them niggaz got garbage down the way, word up
    (Cash Rules Everything Around Me
    C.R.E.A.M. get...)
    Yeah, check this ol fly shit out
    Word up
    (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) Take you on a natural joint
    (C.R.E.A.M. get the money) Here we here we go
    (dolla dolla bill y'all) Check this shit, yo!

    Verse One: Raekwon the Chef

    I grew up on the crime side, the New York Times side
    Staying alive was no jive
    At second hands, moms bounced on old men
    So then we moved to Shaolin land
    A young youth, yo rockin the gold tooth, 'Lo goose
    Only way, I begin to gee off was drug loot
    And let's start it like this son, rollin with this one
    And that one, pullin out gats for fun
    But it was just a dream for the teen, who was a fiend
    Started smokin woolies at sixteen
    And running up in gates, and doing hits for high stakes
    Making my way on fire escapes
    No question I would speed, for cracks and weed
    The combination made my eyes bleed
    No question I would flow off, and try to get the dough all
    Sticking up white boys in ball courts
    My life got no better, same damn 'Lo sweater
    Times is ruff and tuff like leather
    Figured out I went the wrong route
    So I got with a sick ass click and went all out
    Catchin keys from across seas
    Rollin in MPV's, every week we made forty G's
    Yo nigga respect mine, or anger the tech nine
    Ch-chick-POW! Move from the gate now

    Chorus: Method Man

    Cash, Rules, Everything, Around, Me
    Get the money
    Dollar, dollar bill y'all

    Verse Two: Inspector Deck

    It's been twenty-two long hard years of still strugglin
    Survival got me buggin, but I'm alive on arrival
    I peep at the shape of the streets
    And stay awake to the ways of the world cause shit is deep
    A man with a dream with plans to make C.R.E.A.M.
    Which failed; I went to jail at the age of 15
    A young buck sellin drugs and such who never had much
    Trying to get a clutch at what I could not... could not...
    The court played me short, now I face incarceration
    Pacin -- going up state's my destination
    Handcuffed in back of a bus, forty of us
    Life as a shorty shouldn't be so ruff
    But as the world turns I learned life is hell
    Living in the world no different from a cell
    Everyday I escape from Jakes givin chase, sellin base
    Smokin bones in the staircase
    Though I don't know why I chose to smoke sess
    I guess that's the time when I'm not depressed
    But I'm still depressed, and I ask what's it worth?
    Ready to give up so I seek the Old Earth
    Who explained working hard may help you maintain
    to learn to overcome the heartaches and pain
    We got stickup kids, corrupt cops, and crack rocks
    and stray shots, all on the block that stays hot
    Leave it up to me while I be living proof
    To kick the truth to the young black youth
    But shorty's running wild smokin sess drinkin beer
    And ain't trying to hear what I'm kickin in his ear
    Neglected, but now, but yo, it gots to be accepted
    That what? That life is hectic


    Chorus -- 4X

    Niggas gots to do what they gotta do, to get a bill
    Cuz we can't just get by no more
    Word up, we gotta get over, straight up and down

    Chorus -- 3X

    Cash Rules Everything Around Me
    get the money
    Dolla dolla bill y'aauhhhaaaauhhhhahhhauhhhhll, YEAH
  • Mobb Deep - The Start of Your Ending (41st Side)
    YouknowwhatI'msayin'? I wanna say what's up to my man, Louie you know he's
    still here. Drop this one for you you know. For those that only know. 41st
    side (word up yo this beat is ill).

    I keep it real pack steel like my man Y.G.
    When a fool try to play me wet 'em up then I'm swayze
    You must be crazy kid
    Man I never did forever wildin' that's how we live up in the Bridge
    You just sit scared cock back the gat then hit a nigga like a big
    25 naw kid you gettin' life
    Forever burnin' in hell niggas is trife
    It's the, semi auto you can bring it on yo
    I'm pullin' out strippin' niggas just like a porno flick
    I'm sick the Mobb rolls thick
    Cross paths with my clique and get vic
    I'm on some bullshit that's how I was raised G
    Slept ? stage have you slippin' down blazin'
    In pools of alcohol walk before you crawl
    I'm in this to win this you gonna take a fall
    Infamous Queensbridge kid we on the scene kid
    Creepin' for those that's caught sleepin'
    Don't ever do that I run with two macs
    And plus my crew back my every move
    I choose givin' crews the blues
    I'm open off the Damey
    Obey me or get sprayed with the street sweeper
    Cause I'm my brothers keeper
    The Grim Reaper holdin' with nothin' but big batters
    And big ?hedence?
    Blow ya three times leave a mark like Adidas
    Jig you I know how to fix you
    Pretty boy frontin' hard is the issue
    Word to my unborn you get scolded
    Old and molded when I get bent you get folded
    Every rhyme is the truth that I must get cross
    Put your right on your back take it to the source
    No doubt I'm stuck and I can't get out
    Of this lifestyle the 41st side get bent run wild
    The 41st side too you know how we do
    Violate motherfucker I'm a see you, with the linden
    It's the start of your endin' settin' it again and again

    Yeah kid, big time boy. 12th street representin' it. A big shout out to my
    man. Tear Gas, Think, Nate whole crew kid.

    You knowhatI'msayin'? I'm sayin' couso. Richie Fraud known to leave ya
    scarred. Big shoot out to my man Heavy L. Big Palms representin'.

    Yo it's the P. E. double push a Lex bubble in the winter
    You can't come alone only the hoes can enter
    Told him to meet me at six on the hill at the center
    Took her to the west way and bent her right over
    Stay intoxicated never sober
    Face it, violate and get laced while you wastin'
    Slugs you ain't buckin' nothin'
    You better off buckin' yourself you need to stop frontin'
    I use to drive an Ac and kept a mac in the engine
    Little painted it black with crack sales intentions
    To blow up the whole projects the Infamous
    Our sons will grow up to be murderers and terrorists
    It's the nigga in me accompanied by the Coniac
    You can ask around don't fuck with the Mobb
    I could of told you that where you been at?
    You must of cut class
    If it ain't me another member of my crew will kick your ass
    (what what?) Who do damage to limbs
    In '91 stompin' you out with black Tims
    Prodigy and the H.A.V.O.C. from the Q.B.C.
    Puttin' cowards where they're suppose to be
    If I don't know your face then don't come close to me
    I got too much beef for that
    Drama in the 3rd degree
    And to the kids you don't wanna be me
    I'm up in the mix of action when niggas wanna kill me
    But it's the start of they endin' my man's lendin'
    Me his linden 42 shots dependin'
    On wheather or not the clip is full to the top
    We bustin' caps non stop
    Blazin' in all the shows and even at the hoes

    Naw naw chill son chill

    And it's the start of your ending
    Yeah yeah it's the start of niggas endin' youknowhatI'msayin?
    And it's the start of your ending
    All y'all weak ass crews that got drama with mines you knowhatI'msayin'
    it's the start of your ending
    And it's the motherfuckin' start of the ending
    You know who you fuckin' iwth (yeah yeah nigga) you know what will happen
    (recognize and realize) 41st side get bent run wild. 41st side get bent run
    wild. Word up youknowhatI'msayin'?
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      Blaze Still and forever one of my fav. albums
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  • RUN-DMC - Walk This Way
    Music video by RUN-DMC performing Walk This Way. (C) 1986, 1999 Arista Records, Inc.

    Run–D.M.C. was an American hip hop group from Hollis, Queens, New York, founded in 1981 by Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell. The group is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential acts in the history of hip hop culture. Run–D.M.C. was one of the most well-known hip hop acts in the 1980s who, along with LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy signified the advent of the new school of hip hop music. They were the first group in the genre to have a gold album (Run–D.M.C., 1984) and be nominated for a Grammy Award.[1] They were the first to earn a platinum record (King of Rock, 1985), the first to earn a multiplatinum certification (Raising Hell, 1986) the first to have videos on MTV, the first to appear on American Bandstand and the cover of Rolling Stone.[2] Run–D.M.C. was the only hip hop act to perform at Live Aid in 1985.

    The group was among the first to highlight the importance of the MC and DJ relationship.[3][4] In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked them number 48 in their list of the greatest musical artists of all time.[4] In 2007, Run–D.M.C. was named "The Greatest Hip Hop Group of All Time" by MTV.com[5] and "Greatest Hip Hop Artist of All Time" by VH1.[6] On April 4, 2009, rapper Eminem inducted them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In doing so, Run–D.M.C. became only the second hip hop group in history to be inducted, after Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
  • EPMD - Strictly Business
    Strictly Business is the debut album by golden age hip-hop duo EPMD. It was released on June 7, 1988, by Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records around the world and BCM Records in Germany. It peaked at No. 80 on the Billboard 200 soon after release,[2] yet it earned an RIAA gold album certification within four months of its release.[3] In addition, it has received much positive critical attention since its release.

    The album is known for its lighthearted party raps and funky sample-reliant production. The album has no guest emcees or producers except DJ K La Boss. The album is broken down track-by-track by the group in Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique.[4]
  • Jurassic 5 - Concrete Schoolyard
    Music video by Jurassic 5 performing Concrete Schoolyard. (C) 1999 Jurassic Five under exclusive license to Interscope Records
  • Method Man - All I Need (HD)
    Method Man - All I Need from the album Tical [1994]
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      Gary top tune rossi
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      (deleted) Geek fact - First track Westwood ever played on Radio 1 and first time I heard it, in 1994 lol - Timeless
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  • De La Soul feat. Redman - Oooh!
    Party people, your dreams have now been fulfilled
    Get your ass up, and let's get ill
    That's right y'all, we more than rough, we callin your bluff
    And when it comes to rhymes... (Brick City)

    Yo, don't scandalize mine
    I spent too much time
    Straight talk with the catch to etch my line walk
    Never fetchin for crime, halt! Who goes there?

    Yo, it's the squeeze of five fingers, puffin Smokey the Bear
    Shinin black like Darth Vader caps, they on stare

    While we rockin it, I'll rock in it (rock in it)
    Like the little ball inside the spray can
    Providing three coats for both child, woman and man

    Chorus One: Redman

    God bless the God, lay these Streets Wall to Wall
    It go - oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh!
    Yo, you got popped like a flick by that rivalry click
    It went - oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh!

    It ain't my fault your ass is on the ashphalt
    Got your chin touched by my fam who though you brought harm, you see
    I'm iced out like a glass of tea
    Better yet, oatmeal cookies, y'all just rookies to me
    Slidin' up and down the court, but I don't think you can D
    Why try? Maseo be gettin high since Luke was Luke Skywalk'
    Man, my topic of talk is sheddin shame all over your game
    Like them shorties who claim that afrocentric lovin is the past drug
    A life filled with (*TWEET*) that's what thugs love
    Snatch you fast, wrap that ass in the rug of your choice
    while it muffles your voice

    Now when I'm swimmin through the joint, I put the funk on hold
    Cause if you don't, you'll see the bubbles come up
    We run up a tab and gladly add a little extra for miss
    Flashy faces with bigger lips for that ass to kiss

    Most crews are post-current while we're forever
    Direct beats that's contagious, loved by all ages
    Graduated from the you-and-I-versity
    of hard-hitters, for real

    Chorus Two: Redman

    I got niggas in the streets that'll blast your ass for the shine
    And get - oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh!
    Yo, if you a fat chick gettin your fuck on tonight
    Then go - oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh!
    Yo, put your hands opposite to the ground if you're lovin our sound
    Go - oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh!
    Yo, and to my broke niggaz on the corner holdin me down
    Go - oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh!

    Yo, I swear Tommy gonna get it, he done did me wrong
    I had plans to buy more land, plant corn
    Bust kernels on heat, work hard like wetbacks
    Set backs is gonna get my ass to be hostile
    Rockwilder the beat, top dollar defeat
    Big money's make the big decisions
    Keep hip-hop alive, it's just an intermission
    Back to the second half of the feature flick
    Dick stacks and fuck rap

    I had a name for makin paper since paper mache
    Now my dollar coins join pounds of yen for play
    While you broke niggaz reach drunk much quicker
    You don't make enough bread to soak up all your liquor
    Went from God to God damn

    Damn God, you're killin it
    Should incorporate it, invest half a mil' in it
    Rap cats talk with no will in it

    Soundin like they virtual
    This joint'll hurt you, yo

    Twas the night before Christmas and my crib got robbed
    (shhh shhh shh, shhhhh) They did a job
    Took all my goodies out from under the tree, except the CD's
    of shiny-suit rappers and flossin emcees
    who fail at takin it to rhyme degrees

    Man, you know no wack poems get no play in our homes
    You need to not get nappy with me
    Or else we gon' "relax your mind, let your conscious be free"

    Chorus Three: Redman

    Yo, where my Wall Street niggaz, if ya up in the stands
    Go - oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh!
    To my women that'll throw they hands against they punk-ass man
    Go - oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh!
    Yo, if you never been shot or stabbed
    Brick City go - oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh!
    Yo, I gotta catch a cab back to the lab so I can smoke
    - oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh!
  • Naughty By Nature - Hip Hop Hooray *HQ*
    Naughty By Nature - Hip Hop Hooray
    From The Album - 19 Naughty III
    By SilverHazeOne
  • Funky DL - A Rest In Beats Tribute To J Dilla - "Untitled / Fantastic"
    This Funky DL remake of this J Dilla instrumental is taken from the forthcoming album: "February - A Rest Beats Tribute To J Dilla & Nujabes".

    Untitled / Fantastic originally appeared on Slum Village's 'Fantastic Voyage Vol 2" album and sees DL remake this joint applying a similar floating resonance as the original. The drums pound and DL's production weaves in and out of where J Dilla originally left the track. A smooth vocal accompaniment is provided by Dukus Alemay which guides the track through it's almost 'intergalactic" feel. There is much contrast in DL's creativity here, as his version at times mirrors Dilla's original, and is at other times a stark contrast.

    To support the release of the album, visit Funky DL's Indiegogo campaign page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/funky-dl-s-february-a-rest-in-beats-tribute-album-to-j-dilla-and-nujabes/

    Funky DL Bandcamp: https://funkydl.bandcamp.com/album/a-tribute-to-j-dilla-nujabes-untitled-fantastic-sky-is-falling
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      (deleted) It takes a brave man to touch anything that the late, great Dilla produced. However, if anybody could pull it off bro, then it was you - and you did it to such an extent as to where it's as good as the original if not even better. And I don't say that lightly. I've long said you're the best producer in the UK, but I think you're now at a point where you're just one of the best. Period.
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      lasko great track, loved it all the way through, really does bring the spirit and the way dilla saw music upfront.
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  • Ol' Dirty Bastard feat. Method Man & Raekwon - Raw Hide
    Album: Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version
    Year: 1995
    Track: 6
    Track Produced By: RZA
    Samples: None

    [Intro: Ol' Dirty Bastard + (some Jamaican woman)]

    I wanna let allllll y'all niggaz know in here tonight
    That this is that Wu-Tang shit
    This that shit that's gonna get you high... [echoes]
    See when you stimulate your own mind, for one common cause
    You see, who's the real motherfuckers
    See what you see, is you what you see
    (Can I say it? Wu-Tang a-run tings!)
    Be the original G
    Rhymin on timin and in the place to be
    (Run blood claat tings!)
    They love see meeeeeeee!

    [Ol' Dirty Bastard]
    You're a crossbreed, I'm a knowledge seed
    I want ACTION, that's what I need
    I never put doubt in my mind
    Cause I know when I touch the mic there's the rhyme
    See murder which is caused
    When you fuck with the negative and positive charge
    Then they came up, out my garage
    With the hit that's gonna be LARGE
    Tired of sittin on my fuckin ass
    Niggaz I know, be runnin around with mad fuckin cash
    Who the FUCK wanna be an emcee
    If you can't get paid, to be a fuckin emcee?
    I came out my momma pussy -- I'm on welfare
    Twenty-six years old -- still on welfare!
    So I gotta get paid fully
    Whether it's truthfully or untruthfully
    With my Boston bloodthirsty process

    [Chorus: Method Man]

    Move em in move em in
    Move em out move em out
    Stick it up [whip sound] raw hide!

    [Ol' Dirty Bastard]
    Yea, gotta come back to attack
    Killin niggaz who said they got stacks, cause I don't give a fuck
    [inhales] I wanna see blood, whether it's period blood
    Or bustin your fuckin face, some blood!!
    I'm goin out my FUCKIN mind!!
    Everytime I get around devils [breathing hard]
    Let me calm down, you niggaz better start runnin
    Cause I'm comin, I'm dope like fuckin heroin
    Wu-Tang Bloodkin, a goblin, who come tough like lambskin
    Imagine, gettin shot up with Ol Dirty insulin [sucks air]
    You bound to catch AIDS or somethin
    Not sayin I got it, but nigga if I got it you got it!!
    WHAT?!? [echoes]

    [Raekwon the Chef]
    Yo, check the bulletproof fly shit, strong like thai stick
    Then I'll remain to tear your frame, while I freaks it
    Like some fly new sneaks and shit
    Now EAT my shit, bitch tried to creep and got hit
    Now regulate, and I'll be out to set up a date
    Wu-Tang, is bangin like a Ron G tape
    RZA pump the shit just like a shotty
    Watch me run it John Gotti
    Collidin on the track, like gin and watty
    Check the calender, I warn any challenger
    To step up [whoosh] feel the blast from the silencer


    [Method Man]
    Comin soon to a theatre near you it be the Wu
    Yeah find yourself in the square and see it's true
    Actual facts to snack on and chew
    My positive energy sounds peace to you
    A wise man killed one horse and made glue
    Wicked women puttin period blood in stew
    Don't that make the stew witches brew?
    I fear for the eighty-five that don't got a clue
    How could he know what the fuck he never knew?
    God-Cypher-Divine come to show and come to prove
    A mystery god that's the work of Yacub
    The Holy Ghost got you scared to death kid boo!!

    [Outro: Ol' Dirty Bastard]

    Yeah, we always gotta keep it fly
    Fly for you to feel, what you wants to feel
    See Wu-Tang like to thank, all the people across the country
    All the people in America, all the people outside of America
    For listenin to our music
    We gotta keep it fly for ya
    See this ain't somethin new
    That's just gonna come out of nowhere, no!!!
    This is somethin OLD, and DIRTY!!
    And DIRTY!!
  • Lauryn Hill - Doo-Wop (That Thing)
    Music video by Lauryn Hill performing Doo Wop (That Thing). (C) 1998 Ruffhouse Records LP
  • Eminem, Dr. Dre - Forgot About Dre (Explicit) ft. Hittman
    Music video by Eminem, Dr. Dre performing Forgot About Dre. (C) 1999 Interscope - Aftermath
  • Method Man, Redman - Da Rockwilder
    Music video by Method Man, Redman performing Da Rockwilder. (C) 1999 The Island Def Jam Music Group
  • Raekwon - Ice Cream feat. Ghostface Killah, Method Man & Cappadonna (HD) Bes...
    Raekwon - Ice Cream feat. Ghostface Killah, Method Man & Cappadonna (in High Definition) from the album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... [1995]
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      (deleted) Mere words do not do THIS track justice!!!
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      (deleted) Haha the DAY you posted this fam - I was there where they filmed this - me and my man Has next to The Jamaica Colosseum Mall in Queens NYC!!!
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      Rossi That's a little bit weird! 😃 ✌️
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  • Jeru The Damaja - Come Clean
    Kendrick Jeru Davis, known as Jeru the Damaja (born February 14, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rapper best known for his 1994 debut album, The Sun Rises in the East, ranked as one of the 100 greatest hip-hop albums of all time by the editors of About.com.[1] He has worked extensively with Guru and DJ Premier of Gang Starr, whom he has known since high school.

    Verse One:

    You wanna front what?
    Jump up and get bucked
    If you're feeling lucky duck
    Then press your luck
    I snatch fake gangsta MC's and make em faggot flambe
    Your nine spray my mind spray
    Malignant mist steadily pumps the funk
    The results you're a gang stuffed in a car trunk
    You couldn't come to the jungles of the East poppin that game
    You won't survive get live catchin wreck is our thing
    I don't gang bang or shoot out bang bang
    The relentless lyrics the only dope I slang
    I'm a true master you can check my credentials
    Cuz I choose to use my infinite potentials
    Got a freaky, freaky, freaky-freaky flow
    Control the mic like fidel castro locked cuba
    So deep that you can scuba dive/my jive
    Origin is unknown like the Jubas
    I've accumulated honies all across the map
    Cuz I'd rather bust a nut then bust a cap in
    Ya back in fact my rap snaps ya sacroilliac
    I'm the mack so i don't need to tote a Mac
    My attack is purely mental and its nature's not hate
    It's meant to wake ya up out of ya brainwashed state
    Stagnate nonsense but if you persist
    You'll get ya snotbox bust you press up on this
    I flip hoes dip none of the real niggas slip
    You don't know enough math to count the mics that I ripped
    Keep the Dirty Rotten Scoundrel as his verbal weapons spit

    Verse Two:

    Real rough and rugged, shine like a gold nugget
    Every time i pick up the microphone i drug it
    Unplug it on chumps with the gangsta babble
    Leave your nines at home and bring your skills to the battle
    You're rattlin' on and on and ain't sayin nothing
    That's why you got snuffed when you bump heads with Dirty Rotten
    Have you forgotten, i'll tap you [jaw]
    I also kick like kung fu flicks by run run shaw
    Made frauds bleed every time I g'd
    Cuz i've perfected my drunken style like sam seed
    Pseudo psychos i play like Michael
    Jackson when i'm bustin ass and breakin backs
    Inhale the putrified aroma
    Breathe too deep and you'll wind up coma-
    tose the king i'm hard like a fifth of vodka
    And bring your clique cuz i'm a hard rock knocka
    I gotcha, out on a limb i'm about to push you off the brink
    Let you draw your craw but you burnin' shot breaks
    When the East is in the house you should come equipped

    Verse Three:

    Fly like a jet sting like a hornet
    Knuckleheads get live and set it off if you want it
    Dirty rotten scoundrels is crushin fools no joke
    With styles more fatal than second hand smoke
    Don't provoke the wrath of this rhyme inventor
    Cuz I blow up spots like the world trade center
    Come with the super trooper on his assault mission
    The tech's technique cuz he's a technician
    Wishin he'll go away won't help the weapons stop
    The skills are shot cuz any idiot can let off a glock
    Hard rock smellin the clutch of this untoucha
    You claim you got beef on the streets so whatcha
    Gonna do when real niggaz roll up on you
    And you don't got your crew
    Pull your glock but you don't got the heart
    You was webbed straight from the start
    Bought a tool and didn't learn how to use it
    Got lost in Brooklyn so you had to lose it
    Just for frontin you got that ass waxed.
  • Wu-Tang Clan - "Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber" (Part 1) (with lyrics) (6.07)
    "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" is the debut album of American hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan, released November 9, 1993, on Loud Records and distributed through RCA Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during 1992 to 1993 at Firehouse Studio in New York City, and it was mastered at The Hit Factory. The album's title originates from the martial arts film The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978). The group's de facto leader RZA, also known as Prince Rakeem, produced the album entirely, utilizing heavy, eerie beats and a sound largely based on martial-arts movie clips and soul music samples.

    The distinctive sound of "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" created a blueprint for hardcore hip hop during the 1990s and helped return New York City hip hop to national prominence. Its sound also became hugely influential in modern hip hop production, while the group members' explicit, humorous, and free-associative lyrics have served as a template for many subsequent hip hop records. Serving as a landmark record in the era of hip hop known as the East Coast Renaissance, its influence helped lead the way for several other East Coast hip hop artists, including Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Mobb Deep, and Jay-Z.

    Despite its raw, underground sound, the album had surprising chart success, peaking at number 41 on the US Billboard 200 chart. By 1995, it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and has sold over 2 million copies in the United States.[1] Initially receiving positive reviews from most music critics, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is regarded by some music writers as one of the most significant albums of the 1990s, as well as one of the greatest hip hop albums ever. In 2003, the album was ranked number 386 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

    Background and recording[edit]
    In the late 1980s, cousins Robert Diggs, Gary Grice, and Russell Jones formed a group named Force of the Imperial Master, also known as the All in Together Now Crew.[2] Each member recorded under an alias: Grice as The Genius, Diggs as Prince Rakeem or The Scientist, and Jones as The Specialist. The group never signed to a major label, but caught the attention of the New York rap scene and was recognized by rapper Biz Markie.[3] By 1991, The Genius and Prince Rakeem were signed to separate record labels. The Genius released Words from the Genius (1991) on Cold Chillin' Records and Prince Rakeem released Ooh I Love You Rakeem (1991) on Tommy Boy Records. Both were soon dropped by their labels. Embittered but unbowed, they took on new monikers (The Genius became GZA while Prince Rakeem became RZA) and refocused their efforts. RZA discussed the matter in their release The Wu-Tang Manual (2005), stating "[Tommy Boy] made the decision to sign House of Pain over us. When they dropped me, I was thinking, 'Damn, they chose a bunch of whiteboy shit over me.'"[4]

    RZA began collaborating with Dennis Coles, better known as Ghostface Killah, another rapper from the Stapleton Projects apartment complex in Staten Island. The duo decided to create a hip hop group whose ethos would be a blend of "Eastern philosophy picked up from kung fu movies, watered-down Nation of Islam preaching picked up on the New York streets, and comic books."[4]

    "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" was recorded at Firehouse Studio in New York City from 1992 to 1993. The album was produced, mixed, arranged, and programmed by RZA, and was mastered at The Hit Factory in New York City by Chris Gehringer.[5] Because of an extremely limited budget, the group was only able to record in a small, inexpensive studio; with up to eight of the nine Wu-Tang members in the studio at once, the quarters were frequently crowded.[2] To decide who appeared on each song, RZA forced the Wu-Tang rappers to battle with each other. This competition led to the track "Meth Vs. Chef", a battle between Method Man and Raekwon over the rights to rap over RZA's beat; this track was left off the Wu-Tang Clan's debut album but surfaced on Method Man's debut, Tical (1994).

    "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)"

    Studio album by Wu-Tang Clan
    Released November 9, 1993
    Recorded 1992–1993 at Firehouse Studio, New York City, New York, United States
    Genre Hip hop
    Length 61:31
    Label Loud
    Producer RZA (also exec.), Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killah (exec.)
    Wu-Tang Clan chronology
    Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
    (1993) Wu-Tang Forever
    Wu-Tang Clan solo chronology
    Prince Rakeem: Ooh I Love You Rakeem
    (1991) Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
    (1993) Method Man: Tical
    Singles from Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
    "Protect Ya Neck"
    Released: May 3, 1993
    "Method Man"
    Released: August 3, 1993
    Released: January 31, 1994
    "Can It Be All So Simple"
    Released: 1994

    Track listing[edit]
    Tracks 1–5 are on the Shaolin Sword side of the album and tracks 6–12 are on the Wu-Tang Sword side. The international version contains an additional track on the latter (Conclusion).
    # Title Time Producer(s) Performer(s) Samples
    1 "Bring da Ruckus" 4:10 RZA
    Chorus: RZA
    First verse: Ghostface Killah
    Second verse: Raekwon
    Third verse: Inspectah Deck
    Fourth verse: GZA
    "Synthetic Substitution" as performed by Melvin Bliss
    Dialogue from the motion picture Shaolin & Wu Tang
    Dialogue from the motion picture Ten Tigers from Kwangtung
    2 "Shame on a Nigga" 2:57 RZA
    Intro: Raekwon
    Chorus & first verse: Ol' Dirty Bastard
    Second verse: Method Man
    Third verse: Raekwon
    Fourth verse: Ol' Dirty Bastard
    "Different Strokes" as performed by Syl Johnson; written by Johnny Cameron and John Zachary
    "Black and Tan Fantasy" as performed by Thelonious Monk; written by Duke Ellington and Bubber Miley
    3 "Clan in da Front" 4:33 RZA
    Intro: RZA
    Chorus/verses: GZA
    "Synthetic Substitution" as performed by Melvin Bliss
    "Honey Bee" as performed by New Birth, written by Anne Bogan, Doug Edwards, Harvey Fuqua and Dennis Walker
    "The Love You Save" as performed by The Jackson 5
    "Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are" as performed by Thelonious Monk
    4 "Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber" 6:05 RZA
    Intro skit: Raekwon, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Inspectah Deck
    First verse: Raekwon
    Second verse: Method Man
    Third verse: Inspectah Deck
    Fourth verse: Ghostface Killah
    Fifth verse: RZA
    Sixth verse: Ol' Dirty Bastard
    Seventh verse: GZA
    "Spinning Wheel" as performed by Dr. Lonnie Smith
    5 "Can It Be All So Simple" 6:53 RZA
    Intro: RZA & Raekwon
    Chorus: Raekwon & Ghostface Killah
    First verse: Raekwon
    Second verse: Ghostface Killah
    "The Way We Were" as performed by Gladys Knight & the Pips; written by Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman and Marvin Hamlisch
    "I Got The" as performed by Labi Siffre; written by Labi Siffre
    6 "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'" 4:48 RZA
    (Co-produced by Ol' Dirty Bastard)
    Chorus: Method Man
    First verse: U-God
    Second verse: Inspectah Deck
    Third verse: Raekwon
    Fourth verse: Ol' Dirty Bastard
    Fifth verse: Ghostface Killah
    Sixth verse: Masta Killa
    "Tramp" as performed by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas
    Dialogue from the motion picture Shaolin & Wu Tang
    Dialogue from the motion picture Five Deadly Venoms
    7 "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta Fuck Wit" 3:36 RZA
    (Co-produced by Method Man)
    Intro/chorus/first verse/outro: RZA
    Second verse: Inspectah Deck
    Third verse: Method Man
    "Check the Rhime" by A Tribe Called Quest
    "Impeach the President" as performed by The Honey Drippers; written by Roy C. Hammond
    "Hihache" as performed by Lafayette Afro Rock Band; written by Leroy Gomes
    "Underdog Theme" as written by W. Watts Biggers
    Dialogue from the film Shaolin Executioner
    8 "C.R.E.A.M." 4:12 RZA
    Intro: Method Man & Raekwon
    Chorus: Method Man
    First verse: Raekwon
    Second verse: Inspectah Deck
    Outro: RZA & Ghostface Killah
    "As Long as I've Got You" as performed by The Charmels; written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter
    9 "Method Man" 5:50 RZA
    Pre-song dialogue: Method Man & Raekwon
    Intro: GZA
    Chorus/verses: Method Man
    Outro: RZA & Ghostface Killah
    "Synthetic Substitution" as performed by Melvin Bliss
    "Sport" as performed by Lightnin' Rod; written by Kool & The Gang and Lightnin' Rod
    "More Bounce to the Ounce" as performed by Zapp; written by Roger Troutman
    "Method of Modern Love" as performed by Hall & Oates; written by Janna Allen and Daryl Hall
    "Sundown" as performed by Gordon Lightfoot
    Interpolated TV commercial "How Many Licks?"
    10 "Protect Ya Neck" 4:52 RZA
    Intro: RZA and Method Man
    First verse: Inspectah Deck
    Second verse: Raekwon
    Third verse: Method Man
    Bridge: U-God
    Interlude: Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard and RZA
    Fourth verse: Ol' Dirty Bastard
    Fifth verse: Ghostface Killah
    Sixth verse: RZA
    Seventh verse: GZA
    Outro: RZA, Method Man
    "Tramp" as performed by Lowell Fulson
    "The Grunt" as performed by The J.B.'s
    "Sing a Simple Song" as performed by Sly & the Family Stone
    "Cold Feet" as performed by Albert King
    11 "Tearz" 4:17 RZA
    Intro/first verse: RZA
    Second verse: Ghostface Killah
    "After Laughter (Comes Tears)" as performed by Wendy Rene; written by Marianne Brittenum, Johnny Frierson, Mary Frierson and Jackson
    12 "Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber—Part II" 6:09 RZA
    Identical to original
    "Clan in da Front" as performed by the Wu-Tang Clan
    13* "Method Man" (Skunk Mix) 3:12 RZA
    Chorus/verses: Method Man
    "Disco Lady" as performed by Johnnie Taylor
    "I'm Just a Bill" as performed by Jack Sheldon from interstitial program show Schoolhouse Rock!
    Interpolated traditional folk song "Going to Kentucky"
    An asterisk (*) indicates international version bonus track

    The information on music that is sampled is extracted from the-breaks.com and WhoSampled.com[51][52]

    Vinyl LP[edit]
    The vinyl LP has a different track order than that of the CD and cassette:

    [hide]Shaolin Sword (Side 1)
    No. Title Length
    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. "Protect Ya Neck (Intermission)"
    [hide]Wu-Tang Sword (Side 2)
    No. Title Length
    1. "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'"
    2. "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit"
    3. "C.R.E.A.M."
    4. "Method Man"
    5. "Tearz"
    6. "Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber – Part II"
    7. "Conclusion"
    Credits for Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) adapted from Allmusic.[53]

    Inspectah Deck – vocals, lyrics
    4th Disciple – scratching
    Ghostface Killah – executive producer, vocals, lyrics
    GZA/Genius – vocals, lyrics
    Masta Killa – vocals, lyrics
    Method Man – vocals, producer, lyrics
    Ol' Dirty Bastard – vocals, producer, lyrics
    RZA/Prince Rakeem – arranger, executive producer, mixing, producer, programming, vocals, lyrics
    Raekwon – vocals, lyrics
    U-God – vocals, lyrics
    Additional personnel[edit]
    Carlos Bess – engineer
    Richard Bravo – set design, design
    Mitchell Diggs – executive producer, supervisor, production supervisor
    Chris Gehringer – mastering
    John Gibbons – supervisor, production supervisor
    Oli Grant – executive producer, supervisor, production supervisor
    Daniel Hastings – photography
    Michael McDonald – supervisor, production supervisor
    Jacqueline Murphy – artwork, art direction
    Ethan Ryman – engineer
    Mike Theodore – supervisor, production supervisor
    Tracey Waples – executive producer
    Amy Wenzler – design
  • Outkast - "Two Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac)" (HQ) (2.43)
    "ATLiens" is the second studio album by American hip hop duo OutKast, released on August 27, 1996, by LaFace Records. The duo wanted to improve on their 1994 debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and gain respect for their growing Southern hip hop scene. OutKast recorded "ATLiens" in sessions at several Atlanta studios—Bosstown Recording Studios, Doppler Recording Studios, PatchWerk Recording Studio, Purple Dragon Studios, and Studio LaCoCo—as well as Chung King Recording Studio and Sound On Sound Recording in New York City.

    The record features outer space-inspired production sounds, with OutKast and producers Organized Noize incorporating elements of dub, reggae, and gospel into the compositions. Several songs feature the duo's first attempts at producing music by themselves. Lyrically, the group discusses a wide range of topics including urban life as hustlers, existential introspection, and extraterrestrial life. The album's title is a portmanteau of "ATL" (an abbreviation of Atlanta, Georgia) and "aliens", which has been interpreted by critics as a commentary about the feeling of being isolated from American culture.

    "ATLiens" debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, and it sold nearly 350,000 copies in its first two weeks of release. The album was very well received by music critics upon its release, who praised the record's lyrical content. It has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipments of two million copies in the United States. The album spawned the singles "Elevators (Me & You)", "ATLiens", and "Jazzy Belle". Since its release, "ATLiens" has been listed by several magazines and critics as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time.

    In 1994, the American hip hop duo OutKast released their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, which was recorded when members Big Boi and André 3000 were eighteen years old. Bolstered by the success of the single "Player's Ball", the record established OutKast as prominent figures in the Southern hip hop scene.[1] After the album was certified platinum, LaFace Records gave OutKast more creative control and advanced money for their 1996 follow-up album "ATLiens".[2] The duo took the opportunity to recreate their image. On a trip to Jamaica with producer Mr. DJ, the two decided to abandon their cornrow hairstyles in favor of a more natural aesthetic, vowing to stop combing their hair.[3] Dungeon Family member Big Rube observed an increase in the duo's confidence after returning from their first tour, remarking, "They started understanding the power they had in their music. They started showing a swagger that certain artists have—the ones that are stars."[4] The members also underwent changes in their personal lives; in 1995, Big Boi's girlfriend gave birth to their first child and André 3000 and Total's Keisha Spivey ended their two-year relationship.[5]

    Despite its success, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik had some detractors, including hip hop tastemakers who were unaccustomed to the album's style.[6] As the East Coast and West Coast hip hop scenes were already well-established at the time, many did not view the South as a legitimate and respectable scene.[7] At the 1995 Source Awards, an award ceremony held by The Source magazine, OutKast won in the "Best Newcomer" category,[8] but were booed upon taking the stage and delivering their acceptance speech; Big Boi managed to deliver his shout outs, while André 3000 was nervous and only said, "The South got somethin' to say."[9] The latter recalled how the album was received by some listeners, "People thought that the South basically only had bass music. At first people were looking at us like 'Um, I don't know.'"[6] Taken aback by the backlash, André 3000 and Big Boi channelled their frustration in the studio to improve upon their debut.[7]


    Studio album by OutKast
    Released August 27, 1996
    Recorded 1995–96
    Bosstown Recording Studios, Doppler Recording Studios, PatchWerk Recording Studio, Purple Dragon Studios, Studio LaCoCo
    (Atlanta, Georgia)
    Chung King Recording Studio, Sound On Sound Recording
    (New York, New York)
    Genre Hip hop
    Length 57:23
    Label LaFace
    Producer Organized Noize, OutKast/Earthtone Ideas
    OutKast chronology
    Southernplaya- listicadillacmuzik
    (1994) ATLiens
    (1996) Aquemini
    Singles from ATLiens
    "Elevators (Me & You)"
    Released: July 5, 1996
    Released: November 1996
    "Jazzy Belle"
    Released: April 1997

    Track listing and samples compiled from album liner notes.

    No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
    1. "You May Die (Intro)" Joi Gilliam, Myrna Crenshaw, Organized Noize Organized Noize 1:05
    2. "Two Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac)" André Benjamin, Organized Noize, Antwan Patton Organized Noize 2:42
    3. "ATLiens" Benjamin, Patton Earthtone Ideas 3:50
    4. "Wheelz of Steel" Benjamin, Patton Earthtone Ideas 4:03
    5. "Jazzy Belle" Benjamin, Organized Noize, Patton Organized Noize 4:11
    6. "Elevators (Me & You)" Benjamin, Patton Earthtone Ideas 4:25
    7. "Ova da Wudz" Benjamin, Erin Johnson, Patton Earthtone Ideas 3:47
    8. "Babylon" Andrea Martin, Benjamin, Ivan Doroschuk, Patton Organized Noize 4:24
    9. "Wailin'" Benjamin, Organized Noize, Patton Organized Noize 1:58
    10. "Mainstream" (featuring Khujo and T-Mo) Robert Barnett, Benjamin, Willie Knighton, Patton Earthtone Ideas 5:18
    11. "Decatur Psalm" (featuring Big Gipp and Cool Breeze) Frederick Bell, Benjamin, Cameron Gipp, Organized Noize, Patton Organized Noize 3:58
    12. "Millennium" Benjamin, Organized Noize, Patton Organized Noize 3:09
    13. "E.T. (Extraterrestrial)" Benjamin, Johnson, Patton Earthtone Ideas 3:06
    14. "13th Floor/Growing Old" Benjamin, Marqueze Ethridge, Organized Noize, Patton Organized Noize 6:50
    15. "Elevators (Me & You) [ONP 86 Remix]" Benjamin, Organized Noize, Patton Organized Noize 4:37
    Sample credits
    "You May Die (Intro)" is an interpolation of "Summer in the City" by Quincy Jones.
    "Two Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac)" contains a sample of "D.E.E.P." by OutKast and "Danger, She's A Stranger" by The Five Stairsteps
    "ATLiens" contains a sample of "Around The World" by Attilio Mineo and "So Tired" by The Chambers Brothers
    "Wheelz of Steel" contains a sample of "Focus III" by Focus, "Saturday Night Style" by Mikey Dread
    "Jazzy Belle" contains a sample of "It's Yours" by T La Rock and Jazzy Jay, and "Prelude" by Lamont Dozier
    "Elevators" contains a sample of "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins
    "Elevators (Me & You) [ONP 86 Mix]" contains a sample of "Come In Out of the Rain" by Parliament; the original contains SFX from the video game Super Mario Bros.
    "Ova Da Wudz" contain a sample of "Judas" by Society of Soul
    "Babylon" contains a sample of "12 O'Clock" by Vangelis
    "Wailin" contains a sample of "To The Establishment" by Lou Bond
    "Mainstream" contains a sample of "Sesame Street" by Goodie Mob
    "Decatur Psalm" contains a sample of "Cebu" by The Commodores
    Compiled from album liner notes.[55]

    Andre 3000 – Vocals
    Andrea Martin – Vocals
    Big Boi – Vocals
    Big Gipp – Vocals
    Carlos Glover – Acoustic Guitar
    Cee-Lo – Vocals
    Cool Breeze – Vocals
    Craig Love – Guitar
    Debra Killings – Vocals
    Dee Simmons – Drum
    Ed Stroud – Guitar
    James "Jay" Nicholas – Bass
    Jazzyfatnastees – Vocals
    Joi – Vocals
    Kenny Wright – Keyboard
    Kerren Berz – Violin
    Khujo – Vocals
    Marq Jefferson – Bass Guitar
    Martin Terry – Guitar
    Marvin "Chanz" Parkman – Keyboard, Organ
    Mr. DJ – Scratches
    Peaches – Vocals
    Preston Crump – Bass Guitar
    ShaJuanna Edghill – Vocals
    Skinny Miracles – Piano
    Sleepy Brown – Vocals
    T-Mo – Vocals
    Tamara – Vocals
    Tommy Martin – Acoustic Guitar
    Trina Broussard – Vocals
    Whild Peach – Vocals
    Witchdoctor – Vocals
    Alvin Speights – Mixing
    Bernasky Wall – Engineering
    Blake Eiseman – Engineering
    Brian Frye – Engineering
    Carlton Batts – Mastering
    Derrick Williams – Engineering
    Dexter Simmons – Engineering, Mixing
    Jarvis Blackshear – Engineering
    John Frye – Engineering
    John Wydrycs – Engineering
    Leslie Brathwaite – Mixing
    Mike Wilson – Engineering
    Neal Pogue – Mixing
    Organized Noize – Drum Programming, Keyboard Programming, Mixing, Production
    OutKast – Drum Programming, Keyboard Programming, Mixing, Production
  • 3rd Bass - The Gas Face
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    From the "Long Live The Kane" album.
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  • The Cypher Effect | LuzID
    LuzID in a freestyle
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  • A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It

    Hey y'all, we is havin' a ball
    And you know they ask me to get on the MIC
    And they ask me
    Can I kick it? Word yes you can
    Can I kick it? Yes you can

    Can I kick it? Yes you can
    Can I kick it? Yes you can
    Can I kick it? Yes you can
    Can I kick it? Yes you can
    Can I kick it? Yes you can
    Can I kick it? Yes you can
    Can I kick it? Yes you can
    Well I'm gone, gone

    Can I kick it?
    To all the people who can Quest like a Tribe does
    Before this did you really know what life was
    Comprehend to the track for its wide 'cos
    Gettin' mentions on the tip of the vibe buzz
    Rock 'n' roll to the beat of the funk fuzz
    Wipe your feet really good on the rhythm rug
    If you feel the urge to freak do the jitter bug
    Come and spread your arms if you really need a hug

    Afro-centric living is a big shrug
    A life filled with [Incomprehensible] thats what I love
    A lower plateu is what we're above
    If you diss us we wont even think of
    Will nipper the doggy give a big shove
    This rhythm really fits like a snug glove
    Like a box of positives its a plus love
    As the Tribe flies high like a dove

    Can I kick it? Can I kick it?

    Can I kick it? Yes you can
    Can I kick it? Yes you can
    Can I kick it? Yes you can
    Can I kick it? Yes you can
    Can I kick it? Yes you can
    Can I kick it? Yes you can
    Can I kick it? Yes you can
    Well I'm gone, gone

    Can I kick it?
    To my tribe that flows in layers
    Right now Phife is a poem sayer
    At times I'm a studio conveyer
    Mr. Dinkens will you please be my mayor
    You'll be doing us a really big favor
    Boy this track really has a lot of flavor
    When it comes to rhythms Quest is your savior
    Follow us for the funky behavior

    Make a note on the rhythm we gave ya
    Feel free to drop your pants and check your hair
    Do you like the garments that we wear?
    I instruct you to be the obeyer
    A rhythm recipe that you'll savor
    Doesn't matter if you're minor or major
    Yes the Tribe of the game rhythm player
    And you inhale like a breath of fresh air

    Can I kick it? Can I kick it?
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      (deleted) Iconic song!!! Gotta love De La all up in the video too ;)
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  • Method Man feat Busta Rhymes - What's Happening (Remix)
    Beat produced by Ivan
    Mef + Busta Rhymes
    Whats Happenin
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  • GZA - "Liquid Swords" (with lyrics) (4.35)
    Genius/GZA* ‎– "Liquid Swords"
    Geffen Records ‎– GEF12-22106
    Vinyl, 12"
    Hip Hop

    Tracklist Hide Credits
    A1 Liquid Swords (Late Night Radio) 3:21
    A2 Liquid Swords (Clean) 3:21
    A3 Liquid Swords (LP Version) 3:21
    B1 Labels (Clean) 2:59
    B2 Labels (GZA Mix)
    Remix – GZA
    Producer – RZA
    Written-By – G. Grice*, R. Diggs*
    Original versions from the Geffen LP, Cassette and Compact Disc LIQUID SWORDS (GEF/GEFC/GEFCD-24813).

    "Liquid Swords" is the second solo studio album by American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member GZA, released on November 7, 1995, by Geffen Records.[1] Recording sessions for the album began mid-way through 1995 at producer RZA's basement studio in the New York City borough of Staten Island. The album heavily samples dialogue from the martial arts film Shogun Assassin and maintains a dark atmosphere throughout its course, while it incorporates lyrical references to chess, crime and philosophy. Liquid Swords features numerous guest appearances from the entire nine piece Wu-Tang Clan.

    Upon its release, Liquid Swords peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 chart, and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. On January 11, 1996, it was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[1] The album initially received favorable critical reviews for its lyrically complex and musically hypnotic style. Over the years, its recognition has grown, with a number of famous publishers proclaiming it as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. In 2007, the Chicago Tribune cited it as "one of the most substantial lyrical journeys in hip-hop history".[2] Along with Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., Liquid Swords is often cited as the best solo work by a Wu-Tang member.

    "Liquid Swords"

    Studio album by Genius/GZA
    Released November 7, 1995
    Recorded 1995
    Genre Hip hop
    Length 55:17
    Label Geffen/MCA
    Producer RZA
    Genius/GZA chronology
    Words from the Genius
    (1991) Liquid Swords
    (1995) Beneath the Surface
    Wu-Tang Clan solo chronology
    Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
    (1995) Liquid Swords
    (1995) Ghostface Killah:
    Singles from Liquid Swords
    "I Gotcha Back"
    Released: August 22, 1994
    "Liquid Swords"
    Released: October 10, 1995
    "Cold World"
    Released: November 28, 1995
    Released: 1996

    Track listing[edit]
    Tracks 1–12 produced by RZA, track 13 produced by 4th Disciple.
    # Title Time Performer(s) Sample(s)[33][34]
    1 "Liquid Swords" 4:31
    Intro/chorus/backing vocals: RZA
    Verses/chorus: GZA
    "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" by Willie Mitchell
    "Groovin'" by Willie Mitchell
    Dialogue from Shogun Assassin
    2 "Duel of the Iron Mic" 4:06
    Chorus: Ol' Dirty Bastard
    First verse: GZA
    Second verse: Masta Killa
    Third verse: Inspectah Deck
    "I'm Afraid the Masquerade Is Over" by David Porter
    Dialogue from Shogun Assassin
    Dialogue from Dragon on Fire
    3 "Living in the World Today" 4:23
    Intro: RZA
    Chorus/verses: GZA
    Backing vocals: Method Man
    "In The Hole" by The Bar-Kays
    "I'm His Wife, You're Just a Friend" by Ann Sexton
    4 "Gold" 3:57
    Intro: Method Man
    Verses/chorus: GZA
    "The Aries" by Cannonball Adderley
    5 "Cold World" 5:31
    Chorus: Life
    First verse: GZA
    Second verse: Inspectah Deck
    "In The Rain" by The Dramatics
    "Rocket Love" by Stevie Wonder
    "Plastic People" by The Mothers of Invention
    Dialogue from Shogun Assassin
    6 "Labels" 2:54
    Intro: RZA, Masta Killa
    Verses: GZA
    Outro: GZA, Masta Killa
    "Don't Leave Me This Way" by Thelma Houston
    7 "4th Chamber" 4:37
    First verse: Ghostface Killah
    Second verse: Killah Priest
    Third verse: RZA
    Fourth verse: GZA
    "Groovin'" by Willie Mitchell
    "Dharmatma Theme Music (Sad)" by Kalyanji Anandji
    Dialogue from Shogun Assassin
    "Assassin With Son" by Shogun Assassin soundtrack
    8 "Shadowboxin'" 3:30
    Intro/first verse/third verse: Method Man
    Second verse: GZA
    "Trouble, Heartaches & Sadness" by Ann Peebles
    Dialogue from Shaolin Vs Lama
    9 "Hell's Wind Staff / Killah Hills 10304" 5:09
    Intro: RZA, GZA, Masta Killa, Dreddy Kruger
    Verses: GZA
    "Lost in Love" by New Edition
    10 "Investigative Reports" 3:50
    Chorus: U-God
    First verse: Raekwon
    Second verse: GZA
    Third verse: Ghostface Killah
    "I'd Be So Happy" by Three Dog Night
    11 "Swordsman" 3:21
    12 "I Gotcha Back" 5:01
    Chorus/backing vocals: RZA
    Verses/chorus: GZA
    "As Long As I've Got You" by The Charmels
    Dialogue from Shogun Assassin
    13* "B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)" 4:33
    Killah Priest
    "Our Love Has Died" by The Ohio Players
    *Track 13 was originally omitted from vinyl and cassette pressings, but present on CD versions.[35][36]

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    GZA – performer
    RZA – producer, performer
    Killah Priest – performer
    Inspectah Deck – performer
    Ghostface Killah – performer
    Method Man – performer
    Masta Killa – performer
    Raekwon – performer
    U-God – performer
    Ol' Dirty Bastard – performer
    Dreddy Kruger – vocals
    Life – vocals
    4th Disciple – producer
    Tom Coyne – mastering
    Wendy Goldstein – A&R
    Geoffrey L. Garfield – personal management
    Cyril Gittens – art direction
    Mathematics – art concepts
    Mark A. Humphrey – photography
    Denys Cowan – cover art
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