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While the titular acronym, which, as Method Man reminds us on the hook, stands for Cash Rules Everything Around Me, was quickly adopted as hip-hop slang for boatloads of dough not least by the Wu themselves — witness Raekwon admiring the C. Blessed with a husky, blunt-addled voice, agile wordplay and rugged good looks, the MC had spread his street-corner charisma liberally across Enter …, notably on his own, self-titled solo track, and this hit perfectly harnessed his rugged-yet-smooth appeal. Where earlier rap icons Big Daddy Kane and LL Cool J had come undone with their saccharine forays into romance rap, the Ticallion Stallion successfully showed us his sensitive side without taking off his Timberlands. In your face like a can of mace, indeed. Though he lacks the plus-sized personality of Ghost, Rae, Meth or the late ODB, the Genius might have all of his fellow Clansmen beaten as a pure writer.
Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. If you woke up today out of a thirty-year coma, you may be tempted to draw some conclusions from the Wu-Tang logo that graces T-shirts, bus stop stickers, and dorm room posters in every major American city from New York to San Diego. It might appear that these are the markings of a cult, signifiers of a hip-hop movement that ran counter to the mainstream and reshuffled the canon in the process. Eventually, you would figure out that this is, in fact, partially true. Aside from their creative output, they also gained respect on the inside of the music industry, as they are credited with bolstering the agency artists had when negotiating with record executives when each member was given the ability to negotiate their own solo deals apart from the group contract. And while Wu-Tang music has racked up play-counts and record sales that other rappers only dream about, their catalog both as a group and as solo artists deserves constant, careful attention, from newcomers and longtime listeners alike.
Over these surrealistic backing tracks, the MCs rapped hard, updating the old-school attack with vicious violence, martial arts imagery, and welcome warped humor. By , the sound was one of the most instantly recognizable in Hip Hop. Their debut album Enter The Wu-Tang 36 Chambers is an absolute Hip Hop classic , as are most of the clan members solo albums released in the mids. For this list, we selected 15 of our favorite Wu-Tang group tracks. Missing your favorites? Hit us up in the comments!