Today in Hip Hop History: November 9, 1993
Arguably one of the most classic hip hop albums of all time, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), was released 22 years ago today through Loud Records. Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is the Wu-Tang Clan‘s debut album and most notable for showcasing the hip hop super group to the world at the end of the Golden Age. It was produced by in-house producer RZA with additional help from other Wu-Tang members Method Man, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Ghostface Killah. It contained no outside features on vocals.
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) was recorded at the Firehouse Studio in NYC from 1992 to 1993. The album title comes from the martial arts film, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, citing the group’s affinity for martial art flicks and heavy sample usage.
De factor group leader RZA created a raw, gritty street feel with the LP’s production. The sound he assembled remains relevant and significantly influential in hip hop production to this day. It is said that Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is a landmark record in both the East Coast Renaissance in addition to hip hop in general.
The diversity of lyricism and flows among the 9 members is a redeeming quality in the album and subsequent releases. All but two songs on the album contain multiple rappers from the group going in on the eerie instrumentals. Each individual member seemingly portrays a unique facet to the classic conglomerate.
The list of accolades and acclaim for the album are endless. Numerous publications have placed Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) as one of the top hip hop albums of all time, not to mention also being labelled as one of the greatest albums of all time. Alongside other LPs such as Illmatic, Paid in Full, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, and several more, the debut album of the Wu-Tang Clan is undoubtedly one of the most classic and influential hip hop albums of all time.