Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is widely regarded as one of the most significant albums of the 1990s, as well as one of the greatest hip hop albums ever.
36 Chambers is Wu-Tang’s Debut album released back in November 9, 1993. The album’s title is from the martial arts film The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. The Lead member RZA also known as Prince Rakeem, produced the album entirely, largely based on martial-arts movie clips and soul music samples.
Because of an extremely limited budget, the group was only able to record in a small studio and was always crammed with up to eight of the nine Wu-Tang members in the studio at once.
To decide who appeared on each song, RZA forced the Wu-Tang rappers to battle with each other. This competition led to the track “Meth Vs. Chef”, a battle between Method Man and Raekwon over the rights to rap over RZA’s beat; this track was left off the Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album but surfaced on Method Man’s album.
This album is considered by many to be the blueprint and landmark that catapulted the “East Coast Renaissance” in the 90’s , jump starting the dark gangsta era and return of East coast rap, credited in helping bring out artists like: Biggie, Mob deep,NAS & Jay z
Here’s everybody’s favorite Cut off the album: