I realize I might have been a bit hasty when I called Government Plates a perfect 10/10. However, I still consider it better than Yeezus, and AOTY, so that’s got to count for something.
I fucking love Enter The Wu-Tang. This album blows my mind. The Wu-Tang Clan is what got me into Hip-Hop, and it wasn’t even this album! (It was Liquid Swords.)
I could talk about this album indefinitely. But that’s boring, so how about this: I wanna talk briefly about the first minute.
It starts quickly, it doesn’t waste any time.
"Shaolin Shadowboxing… and the Wu-Tang sword style… If what you say is true, the Shaolin and the Wu-Tang could be dangerous…"
I love the use of sampling in this album. It’s so creative and powerful, but the (potentially) oddball martial arts samples wouldn’t work unless the members committed entirely. But they do, and it does. There’s no sarcasm, no winking at the listener, just anger.
19 seconds in and the drums start, raw and low-fi in quality and mixing. RZA bellows at the viewer, a war cry of bringing ‘tha muthafucking ruckus’, a musical punch in the face only strengthened by the somewhat primitive mixing, leaving RZA to battle with the kick drums for dominance.
He’s practically just screaming into the mic, his fury is palpable, I can almost hear the hooded Wu-Tang members streaming into the room like soldiers, a swarm of (ironically) angry hornets.
"GHOSTFACE CATCH THE BLAST OF A HYPE VERSE"
And we’re off. Ghostface seals the deal, murdering the first verse on the album and solidifying the Wu-Tang Empire for years to come.
To this day, every single time Ghostface screams “AW SHIT!” I just get buck. I can’t fucking help it, it’s so good. You just have to get up and get into it.
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