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"Wu-Tang Forever"

Studio album by Wu-Tang Clan
Released June 3, 1997
Recorded 1996-1997
Genre Hip hop
Length 44:58 (Disc 1)
67:08 (Disc 2- US)
77:53 (Disc 2- International)
Label Loud/RCA/BMG
07863-66905 (North America)
74321-45768 (international)
Producer RZA, 4th Disciple, True Master, Inspectah Deck
Wu-Tang Clan chronology
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
(1993) Wu-Tang Forever
(1997) The W
(2000)
Wu-Tang Clan solo chronology
Ghostface Killah:
Ironman
(1996) Wu-Tang Forever
(1997) Method Man:
Tical 2000: Judgement Day
(1998)
Singles from Wu-Tang Forever
"Triumph"
Released: February 11, 1997
"It's Yourz"
Released: September 23, 1997
"Reunited"
Released: March 30, 1998
"Wu-Tang Forever" is the second studio album of American hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, released June 3, 1997, on Loud/RCA Records in the United States. Pressed as a double album, it was released after a long run of successful solo projects from various members of the group, and serves as the follow-up to their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Forever features several guest appearances from Wu-Tang affiliates Cappadonna, Streetlife, 4th Disciple, True Master, and Tekitha.

Despite limited radio/TV airplay, and a lead single that famously clocked at nearly six minutes with no chorus, Wu-Tang Forever debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 612,000 copies sold in its first week.[1] The album was certified 4x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on October 15, 1997 (each disc in the double album counted as separate unit for certification purpose),[2] and has sold over 2 million copies in the United States.[3] It is the group's highest selling album to date. Upon its release, Wu-Tang Forever received favorable reviews from most music critics, while it also earned the group a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album at the 40th Grammy Awards in 1998.

Contents [show]
Music and lyrics[edit]
Production[edit]
While the group's previous album is known for its minimalistic production style, producer RZA had been expanding the musical backdrop of each solo Wu-Tang album since then. Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., in particular, was praised for its cinematic feel. RZA earned accolades for his new dense style of production; incorporating strings, heavy synthesizers, and the kung-fu samples of old. The production of the record also pioneered RZA's technique of chopping up and speeding up soul samples to where it is unusually high-pitched. This style of production would be influential on later producers such as Just Blaze and Kanye West.[4][5] Wu-Tang Forever marked the first group album in-which RZA assigned some of the album's production to Wu-Tang protégés True Master and 4th Disciple, as well as Wu-Tang member Inspectah Deck.

Lyrical themes[edit]
The group's lyrics differed in many ways from those of 36 Chambers, with many verses written in stream-of-consciousness style, while being influenced by the teachings of the Five Percent Nation. The group showed some mature depth as well, speaking on the pitfalls of life's vices ("A Better Tomorrow") and the harsh realities of the inner city life. "Impossible," for instance, even touches on the less glamorized realities of the same violence that the group often paraded.

The Wu-Tang Clan took advantage of the double-disc format, allowing each of the nine members with a significant number of appearances, including four solo tracks. Several of the members have been recognized for particularly strong performances:

Inspectah Deck raised his stock in the public eye with The Source's Hip-Hop Quotable for his performance on "Triumph".[6] This verse is also considered by many to be one of the greatest hip-hop verses of all time.[7] Despite being one of the last group members to release a solo album, his contributions throughout Wu-Tang Forever led to being a highly sought after guest collaborator; appearing in the near future on tracks for Gang Starr, Pete Rock and Big Pun, among others.

Ghostface Killah continued his rise to fame with his verse in "Impossible," which was hailed by RZA in the Wu-Tang Manual as "the greatest Wu-Tang verse ever written," and was also featured in The Source's Hip-Hop Quotable. "Cash Still Rules/Scary Hours" has also been noted as one of his memorable verses on the album, for his verse cut-off, first popularizing the feel that he could "go on forever". Ghostface Killah would follow up his work on Forever with Supreme Clientele, which is generally regarded as a classic in the Hip Hop Community.[8]

Accolades[edit]
"Wu-Tang Forever" was ranked as one of the best albums of the year by several notable publications, such as Spin, The Village Voice, NME and Melody Maker.[19] Popular Belgium magazine HUMO, and popular German magazine Spex both ranked it number six on their albums of the year lists.[19] In 1999, Ego Trip ranked Wu-Tang Forever number three on their Hip Hop's 25 Greatest Albums by Year 1980-98 list.[19] In their March 2005 issue, Hip Hop Connection ranked the album number 57 on their 100 Greatest Rap Albums 1995-2005 list.[19] Also in 2005, Blow Up magazine from Italy included Wu-Tang Forever in their 600 Essential Albums list.[19]

Track listing[edit]
Disc one[edit]
# Title Producer(s) Performer(s) Samples Time
1 Wu-Revolution RZA
Popa Wu & Uncle Pete
Dialogue from Shaolin Temple
6:46
2 Reunited RZA
Intro/outro: Ms. Roxy
First verse: GZA
Second verse: Ol' Dirty Bastard
Third verse: RZA
Fourth verse: Method Man
5:21
3 For Heaven's Sake RZA
First verse: Inspectah Deck
Second verse: Masta Killa
Third verse: Cappadonna
"Don't Leave Me Lonely" by King Floyd
4:13
4 Cash Still Rules/Scary Hours (Still Don't Nothing Move But The Money) 4th Disciple
First verse: Raekwon
Second verse: Method Man
Third verse: Ghostface Killah
"The End of the World" by Skeeter Davis
3:01
5 Visionz Inspectah Deck
First verse: Method Man
Second verse: Raekwon
Third verse: Masta Killa
Fourth verse: Inspectah Deck
Fifth verse: Ghostface Killah
3:09
6 As High as Wu-Tang Get RZA
Chorus: Ol' Dirty Bastard
First verse: GZA
Second verse: Method Man
2:37
7 Severe Punishment RZA
First verse: U-God
Second verse: GZA
Third verse: Raekwon
Fourth verse: RZA
Fifth verse: Masta Killa
Dialogue from Three Evil Masters
4:49
8 Older Gods 4th Disciple
First verse: Ghostface Killah
Second verse: Raekwon
Chorus: Ghostface Killah & Raekwon
Third verse: GZA
3:05
9 Maria RZA
Intro/first verse: Ol' Dirty Bastard
Second verse: Cappadonna
Third verse: Ol' Dirty Bastard
Fourth verse: RZA
"I Love You More than You'll Ever Know" by Blood, Sweat & Tears
"Get out of My Life, Woman" by Lee Dorsey
Dialogue from Marco Polo (AKA 4 Assassins)
2:55
10 A Better Tomorrow 4th Disciple
Intro/first verse: Inspectah Deck
Second verse: Masta Killa
Third verse: U-God
Fourth verse: RZA
Fifth verse: Method Man
Chorus: Inspectah Deck & Masta Killa
"A Time For Us" by Peter Nero
4:55
11 It's Yourz RZA
First verse: Raekwon
Second verse: U-God
Third verse/chorus: RZA
Fourth verse: Inspectah Deck
Fifth verse: Ghostface Killah
"Look on a Soft Side" by Jean-Pierre Decerf and Marc Saclays
"Sing Sing" by Gaz[disambiguation needed]
4:17
Disc two[edit]
# Title Producer(s) Performer(s) Samples Time
1 Intro RZA
RZA, GZA
Music from the Kung-Fu Movie Duel to the Death
2:02
2 Triumph RZA
Intro/intermission: Ol' Dirty Bastard
First verse: Inspectah Deck
Second verse: Method Man
Third verse: Cappadonna
Fourth verse: U-God
Fifth verse: RZA
Sixth verse: GZA
Seventh verse: Masta Killa
Eighth verse: Ghostface Killah
Ninth verse: Raekwon
5:38
3 Impossible 4th Disciple,
Co-produced by RZA
First verse: RZA
Second verse: U-God
Third verse: Ghostface Killah
Chorus: Tekitha
Outro: Raekwon
Pathetique Sonata by Beethoven
4:28
4 Little Ghetto Boys RZA
Intro: Raekwon, RZA, Cappadonna,
Ghostface Killah, & Method Man
First verse: Raekwon
Second verse: Cappadonna
"Little Ghetto Boy" by Donny Hathaway
"Ghetto Child" by O.V. Wright
Dialogue from Invincible Armor
4:49
5 Deadly Melody RZA
Intro & first verse: Masta Killa
Second verse: U-God
Third verse: RZA
Fourth verse: Method Man
Fifth verse: RZA, Masta Killa,
U-God & GZA
Sixth verse: Method Man
Seventh verse: Streetlife
Eighth verse: Ghostface Killah
Ninth verse: Streetlife
Post-song dialogue: Dreddy Kruger, RZA,
Method Man, Inspectah Deck
4:20
6 The City 4th Disciple
Inspectah Deck
"Living For the City" by Stevie Wonder
4:05
7 The Projects RZA
First verse: Shyheim & Raekwon
Chorus : U-God & Raekwon
Second verse: Method Man
Third verse: Ghostface Killah
"Cry Together" by The O'Jays
3:17
8 Bells of War RZA
First verse: U-God
Second verse: Method Man
Third verse: RZA
Fourth verse: Masta Killa
Interludes: Method Man & Raekwon
Fifth verse: Ghostface Killah
Outro: RZA
"Sneakin' in the Back" by Tom Scott
5:12
9 The M.G.M. True Master
Ghostface Killah & Raekwon
2:38
10 Dog Shit RZA
Ol' Dirty Bastard
Interludes: RZA & Method Man
3:34
11 Duck Seazon RZA
Intro & first verse: Raekwon
Second verse: RZA
Third verse: Method Man
Fourth verse: Raekwon
Dialogue from "Unbeaten 28"
5:42
12 Hellz Wind Staff RZA
First verse: Streetlife
Second verse: Ghostface Killah
Third verse: Inspectah Deck
Fourth verse: Method Man
Fifth verse: RZA
Sixth verse: Raekwon
"Signed D.C." by Love
Dialogue from "Unbeaten 28"
4:52
13 Heaterz True Master
First verse: Raekwon
Second verse: Inspectah Deck
Third verse: Ol' Dirty Bastard
Fourth verse: U-God
Fifth verse: Cappadonna
"Giving Up" by Gladys Knight & the Pips
5:26
14 Black Shampoo RZA
U-God; Post-song dialogue: Method Man
3:49
15 Second Coming RZA
Tekitha
4:39
16 The Closing RZA
Raekwon
2:37
*17 Sunshower
(international track only) RZA
RZA
6:11
*18 Projects (International Remix)
(international track only) RZA
Identical to original
4:34
Personnel[edit]
RZA - performer, producer, engineer, mixing, executive producer
GZA - performer
Ol' Dirty Bastard - performer
Method Man - performer
Raekwon - performer
Ghostface Killah - performer, executive producer
Inspectah Deck - performer, producer, mixing
U-God - performer
Masta Killa - performer
Cappadonna - performer
Street Life - performer
Tekitha - vocals
Popa Wu - vocals
Uncle Pete - vocals
Fourth Disciple - producer, engineer, mixing
True Master - producer, engineer, mixing
Mitchell Diggs - executive producer
Oli Grant - executive producer
Divine - production coordination
P.O.W.E.R. - production coordination
Ney Pimentel - Creative direction, album artwork, design and layout
Carlos Bess - drums, mixing, mixing engineer
Ramsey Jones - drums
Miri Ben-Ari - violin
Scott Harding - mixing, mixing engineer
Michael Reaves - mixing
Troy Staton - mixing
Tom Coyne - mastering
Eugene Nastasi - editing
Arlene Godfrey - A&R
Che Harris - A&R
Laurie Marks - A&R
Ola Kudu - design & layout
Sherin Baday - photography, A&R
Bob Berg - photography
Philippe McClelland - photography
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