Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Nothing To Fuck With

When you think of the '90s you may choose to remember flannel-wrapped dude bros from Seattle playing quiet, then loud, then quiet once again, but I want to remember the warriors with cryptic names such as RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, U God, Ghostface Killa, and Old Dirty Bastard that came together and made one of the coolest artifacts in hip hop, Enter the Wu-Tang 36 Chambers. Yeah, it's a simple trick mixing sketchy beats, classic Shaw Brothers martial arts flicks, and looped jazz flourishes, but you didn't think of it. And as if that wasn't enough, lyrically the Wu-Tang Clan brought a new twist to the tired old "I'll fuck you up" themes by pushing them past the ridiculous, around the corner, and down the block to the downright absurd. I am thankful for Wu-Tang and this record, without them, the '90s would have sucked even harder.

23 comments:

shous said...

Here here!

Tyler said...

Gotta get dis MUN-nay

Joshua Field said...

In case I didn't think this blog was awesome enough with jazz and metal...now we have unabashed 90's bashing and hip hop.

Mike Desert said...

I 100% agree. Also loved ODB, Craig Mack, X-Clan, and NWA's 100 Miles and Running ep

Anonymous said...

I love this record and this blog

DesiccatedVeins said...

Can't fuck with da Wu.

Ragin' Ron said...

its a great album. unfortunately it also pretty much ruined mainstream hip hop when everyone started trying (with limited success) to imitate that wu tang style flow

screech owl said...

just what i needed to be reminded of to listen to this afternoon, thanks.

Drewsus said...

Nice record, but, what's with the MP4's?

Anonymous said...

I was a teenager in the 9o's and it was fucking awesome!largely in thanks to this album.and graffiti.

Markonomicon said...

A classic.

Been following the Hearse for a while now.

I linked you at my blog (which focuses on old(er) local Louisiana underground music) at:

www.unemployedandparanoid.blogspot.com

Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Oh Christ, I miss ODB. His press releases were amazing. I remember one where a female reporter was earnestly trying to ask him questions and he'd just keep telling her she was cute, and they'd always try to get him to stop dropping the F-bomb so they could actually play something on air without editing the hell out of it. There will never be another like him.
-T

Anonymous said...

protect ya neck

Neccy said...

This is such a fucking good album. One of the greatest albums of hip-hop I've ever encountered and one of the ones I will cherish most.

t-rocc said...

hell yes

Frank said...

neighborhood SPIII-derman

Aylmer said...

Yeah, the 90's did suck. I'm looking forward to RZA's upcoming martial arts flick "The Man With The Iron Fist".

Theilf said...

Don't forget Inspectah Deck, oh wait, maybe we should.

Aesop whaddaya think of Cypress Hill III Temples of Boom? I reckon that's a stone classic that would fit in nicely around here, if not for the cover art alone.

BTW thanks for Coleman I really appreciate the Jazz reccomendations. On NPR too I see.

Anonymous said...

Aesop,
Big fan of your work. Every time I think you have pulled out all the tricks, you come at me with some of my favorite shit and prove your awesomeness and wonderful eclecticism all over again. Keep up the fine work sir, and I'll keep reading.

Alex_P said...

I love this album dearly, and I was just a kid in the 90s. Few if any rap groups have ever matched the swagger+lyricism of the Wu. This album and Liquid Swords are in my personal top 100 (even though I haven't quite settled what comprises my top 100 yet)

mashmarlow said...

what about inspectah deck?
love me some wu-tang!

also, there's nothing wrong with flannel. I own many.

T. Garrett said...

can i get a wuuuu tang?

Chris said...

At the time this was a life changer. Excellent post