Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)Wu-Tang Clan
I've listened to this album before, but it's been years. I'm familiar with the history and the legacy of this album, how Wu-Tang revolutionized the business of hip-hop. This time through, I'm more familiar with the connection between hip-hop and kung-fu, as well as how hip-hop was used to give voice to frustrated black youths. With that understanding in mind, I'm understanding the violent imagery more than I did the first time. The music is empowering the Wu-Tang clan to overpower their enemies, much like Kung-Fu does for the under dog protagonist in so many hong kong kung-fu flicks. Many of the MCs in the collective went on to achieve previously unheard of success while maintaining more creative control over their music than was typical. This album is a snapshot of a moment in history where hip-hop is approaching mainstream, and labels will soon recognize the opportunity it presents.