This week marks the 18th anniversary of the Wu-Tang Clan's legendary debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). 36 Chambers was a game changer that unleashed a whole new way of thinking about rap with its hardcore yet humorous free-associative lyrics.
Freckled with pop culture references, 36 Chambers still remains a relevant and accessible hip-hop album for people from all walks of life. The Clan's nine members crafted themes of poverty, menace, Kung-fu, chess, comic books, and buffoonery into one cohesively rugged and raw album whose intimidation, in its almost two decades of existence, has yet to be matched.
36 Chambers is still such a force to be reckoned with, we had to honor its anniversary with a Lyric of the Week. Comin' at ya from "Bring Da Ruckus" is a line from Inspectah Deck's verse which represents the Wu ruggedness so perfectly:
Bust this, I'm kickin' like Seagal, 'Out for Justice' / The roughness, yes, the rudeness, ruckus / Redrum, I verbally assault with the tongue / Murder one, my style shot ya knot like a stun gun
Pop culture reference: check. Classic poetic device (alliteration): check. And some straight up menace: check, check, check. 36 Chambers is a must in Hip Hop History 101, so you best study up on the album's lyrical genius if you know what's good for you.