Exactly 20 years ago, Wu-Tang Clan's 'Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' was unleashed.
Featuring ~ RZA (formerly Prince Rakeem; aka RZArecta, Chief Abbot, and Bobby Steels), GZA (aka the Genius, Justice, and Maxi Million), Ol' Dirty Bastard (aka Unique Ason, Joe Bannanas, Dirt McGirt, Dirt Dog, and Osirus), Method Man (aka Johnny Blaze, Ticallion Stallion, Shakwon, Methical, and MZA), Raekwon the Chef (aka Shallah Raekwon and Lou Diamonds), Ghostface Killah (aka Tony Starks and Sun God), U-God (aka Golden Arms, Lucky Hands, Baby U, and 4-Bar Killer), Inspectah Deck (aka Rebel INS and Rollie Fingers), and Masta Killa (aka Noodles).
To mark the occasion, our friend DJ Rags - founder of London's premier hip-hop night Livin' Proof, Label Manager at Bleep.com and, most importantly, a die-hard Wu disciple has constructed a definitive Wu mix for the ages. Here's what he had to say ~
"When LFTF originally asked me to do a mix, I said that I'd always wanted to do a Wu Tang Mix... They said 'We'll get back to you'.
I waited... A few days later Drake released a song called 'Wu Tang Forever'.
I like you Drake, I really do, but keep Wu-Tang's name out ya fucking mouth, *especially* if you're gonna be singing all soft and shit.
LFTF get back to me... They're in and they have a deadline - November 9th. It'll be the 20th Anniversary of 36 Chambers, coinciding with the 36th edition of their mix series.
It was meant to be.
20 years of Wu Tang. The classics. The rarities. The forgotten gems. Some re-edits and acapella blends. It's all in here. No Drake."
Live For The Funk.
WU TANG FOREVER ~
1 - Rags Wutroduction
2 - Wu Tang Clan - Bells of War
3 - Wu Tang Clan - Tearz (Instrumental) (Snippet)
4 - Wu Tang Clan - Can It Be All So Simple
5 - Raekwon - Can It Be All So Simple (Remix)
6 - Raekwon - Rainy Dayz
7 - GZA - Cold World (RZA Remix feat. D'angelo)
8 - D'angelo - Left and Right (feat. Method Man and Redman)
9 - Redman and Method Man - How High
10 - Pete Rock - Tru Master (feat. Inspectah Deck)
11 - Ghostface Killah - Meteor Hammer
12 - Ghostface Killah - Wu Banger (feat. GZA, Raekwon)
13 - Wu Tang Clan - It's Yourz
14 - GZA - Investigative Reports (feat. Raekwon)
15 - Ghostface Killah - Assassination Day (feat. Inspectah Deck)
16 - Wu Tang Clan - Reunited
17 - Wu Tang Clan - Careful (Click, Click) (Snippet)
18 - Gang Starr feat. Inspectah Deck - Above The Clouds
19 - GZA - 4th Chamber (feat. Ghostface)
20 - Raekwon - Ice Cream
21 - Wu Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M. (Rags One Liquid Blend)
22 - GZA - Liquid Swords
23 - Wu Tang Clan - Triumph
24 - Ghostface - Run
25 - Ghostface Killah - Mighty Healthy (Shadowbox Beat Switch Mix)
26 - Raekwon - Verbal Intercourse (feat. Nas and Ghostface Killah)
27 - Wu Tang Clan - Clan In Da Front
28 - Ghostface Killah - Daytona 500 (Rags Shimmy Blend)
29 - Wu Tang Clan - Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit
30 - Method Man and Redman - Da Rockwilder
31 - Method Man - Bring The Pain
32 - Jerry Butler - Mechanical Man
33 - Wu Tang Clan - Method Man
34 - Raekwon - Guillitine (Swordz) (feat. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah and GZA)
35 - Wu Tang Clan - Shame On A Nigga
36 - Raekwon - Spot Rusherz
37 - Wu Tang Clan - Hellz Wind Staff
38 - Ghostface Killah - Cher Chez La Ghost
39 - Wu Tang Clan - Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)
40 - Wu Tang Clan - Protect Ya Neck
41 - Wu Tang Clan - Da Mystery of Chessboxin'
Artwork by Adam Ferriss