Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Bring da Ruckus 4:11 303,616
2 Shame on a Nigga 2:53 382,853
3 Clan in da Front 4:33 251,952
4 Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber 6:04 188,735
5 Can It Be All So Simple 4:11 125,968
6 Da Mystery of Chessboxin' 4:47 248,724
7 Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta Fuck Wit 3:36 21,856
8 C.R.E.A.M. 4:06 478,938
9 Method Man 5:50 245,309
10 Protect Ya Neck 4:34 310,829
11 Tearz 4:17 220,061
12 Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber, Part 2 5:08 2,073
13 Method Man (Skunk Mix) 3:09 40,376
14 Conclusion 1:00 65,079

About this album

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 with 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 U.S. Billboard 200 chart. By 1995, it was certified platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), after sales of 1 million copies.

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