Can It Be All So Simple (4:11)

Cover of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

From Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and 5 other releases

“Can It Be All So Simple” is the third and final single on Wu-Tang Clan’s critically received debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). It features production from RZA (credited as Prince Rakeem) that samples “The Way We Were” by Gladys Knight & the Pips. The song reached number nine on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, number twenty four on the Hot Rap Tracks chart and number eighty two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

“Can It Be All So Simple” features rapping from Ghostface Killah and Raekwon. Its lyrics deal with a glorified mafioso lifestyle. In the song, Raekwon and Ghostface discuss the hardships of growing up in New York City during the 80’s, and how they want to live a lavish and famous lifestyle to escape the hardships of life. The music video was directed by Hype Williams, with images similar to the song’s content and a cameo by MC Eiht.

A remix can be found on Raekwon’s debut album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” uses the break beat from “Can It Be All So Simple”


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