16 Songs, 1 Hour 1 Minute

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even though Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan encompasses ten years and several albums, the compilation is threaded together by the crew’s inimitable sonic signature. It's a formula cooked up by Wu-Tang’s mastermind, the RZA. Icy and skeletal, his production style seems to emanate from a sinister netherworld. He is one of the few hip-hop producers willing to embrace warped time signatures and atonal flourishes, but even in its most grotesque forms Wu-Tang’s music is rooted in the rhythms of classic funk and soul. Though the Wu-Tang Clan is usually identified by this sound, RZA has actually included a variety of sonic backdrops on the Wu-Tang albums. The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan works as a primer because it sticks to the core sound and traces it over the course of the crew’s ten year history. Whereas other greatest-hits compilations focused on the Wu-Tang’s potent rhyme styles, this is the collection to reach for when you need to summarize the group’s allegiance to a singular sonic blueprint.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even though Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan encompasses ten years and several albums, the compilation is threaded together by the crew’s inimitable sonic signature. It's a formula cooked up by Wu-Tang’s mastermind, the RZA. Icy and skeletal, his production style seems to emanate from a sinister netherworld. He is one of the few hip-hop producers willing to embrace warped time signatures and atonal flourishes, but even in its most grotesque forms Wu-Tang’s music is rooted in the rhythms of classic funk and soul. Though the Wu-Tang Clan is usually identified by this sound, RZA has actually included a variety of sonic backdrops on the Wu-Tang albums. The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan works as a primer because it sticks to the core sound and traces it over the course of the crew’s ten year history. Whereas other greatest-hits compilations focused on the Wu-Tang’s potent rhyme styles, this is the collection to reach for when you need to summarize the group’s allegiance to a singular sonic blueprint.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

mattyg7 ,

just 16 tracks?!

Wu-Tang is worth five stars but how do you put only 16 tracks together and call it a Wu-Tang comp?
I understand it doesn't say "best of" but I don't think the Wu-Tang "story" can be told just on one disc.

RIP Russ ,

Are you kidding

The story is alot longer than 16 tracks I'm afraid it's much deeper and hasn't finished yet. I've seen these guys live a few times. GREAT SHOW! One nation under da Wu

theDZA ,

WU

its a good compilation of some of their music, but GZA needs his own track on it

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