Today in Hip Hop History: January 31, 1994
Cash rules everything around me, C.R.E.A.M. / Get the money; dollar, dollar bill, y’all.
Arguably the best and most-known Wu-Tang Clan song, “C.R.E.A.M.” was the third single released from the Clan’s classic debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which forever changed the genre and culture of hip hop.
“C.R.E.A.M.” was produced by the legendary RZA and featured a sample from The Charmels‘ song “As Long As I’ve Got You.” The track contains a verse each by Raekwon and Inspectah Deck in addition to the [above] classic hook by Method Man.
The premise of the song remains close and relevant to this day; that is, the world that we live in continues to be ruled by money, or “cream.” Additionally, the title of the track reiterates this with its acronym “C.R.E.A.M.,” meaning both cash and “cash rules everything around me.” Very clever, Method Man.
This track, and the Clan in general, remain ever prevalent in hip hop due to numerous subsequent artists sampling their music. Furthermore, “C.R.E.A.M.” managed to bring an underground hip hop sound into the mainstream, as it succeeded both commercially and critically. The song has been featured on several publications’ lists of all time greatest hip hop songs. In addition, “C.R.E.A.M.” became RIAA Certified Gold in January of 2009, almost exactly 15 years after its release.
We all know that Wu-Tang Clan is for the children. But 22 years ago, the Clan reminded the world of two very important things that we mustn’t forget: That cash money is life and life is hectic.