On this day in music history: November 9, 1993 - “Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”, the debut album by the Wu-Tang Clan is released. Produced by RZA, it is recorded at Firehouse Studios in New York City from Late 1992 - Mid 1993. Formed in the New York City borough of Staten Island in 1992, the group is put together by RZA (birth name Robert Diggs) and GZA (birth name Gary Grice), after both have recorded unsuccessful solo efforts (as Prince Rakeem and The Genius respectively) for Tommy Boy and Cold Chillin’ Records. The nine member group also features Method Man (Clifford Smith), Ol’ Dirty Bastard (Russell Jones), Raekwon (Corey Woods), Ghostface Killah (Dennis Coles), Inspectah Deck (Jason Hunter), U-God (Lamont Hawkins), and Masta Killa (born Elgin Turner name changed to Jamal Arief). The group record and release the single “Protect Ya Neck” on their own Wu-Tang Records label before signing with Steve Rifkind’s Loud Records (distributed by RCA/BMG). United by their mutual love of martial arts movies, their debut album’s title is inspired by the title of the kung fu film “The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin”, and that the nine members “each having four chambers of the heart”, equaling (9 x 4 = ) 36. The finished album is unlike anything that has come before it, marking the resurgence of East Coast Rap in popularity and influence, after West Coast Rap has dominated the genre for much of the past several years. Though raw and underground in its sound, it breaks through to a mainstream audience to become a commercial success. It spins off four singles including “C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)” (#8 Rap, #32 R&B, #60 Pop), “Method Man” (#17 Rap, #40 R&B, #69 Pop), and “Can It All Be So Simple” (#24 Rap, #82 R&B, #116 Pop Bubbling Under).
Issued on vinyl on a limited basis in 1993, it is reissued in 2000 by both Loud Records and Music On Vinyl. A limited edition pressing on yellow and black swirled vinyl is issued as an exclusive through Newbury Comics in 2014. The album is also released as a limited edition box set, pressed on six 7" vinyl discs with a 56 page book by Get On Down Records in 2016.
The set also comes with a bonus 7" featuring a remix of “Protect Ya Neck”.
“Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” peaks at number eight on the Billboard R&B album chart, number forty one on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Alright, so the soundtrack is definitely v important part of this so I put the it together. Obviously I could’ve missed something or gotten something wrong so please message me if I should fix/add something!!
Sandra Lyng - Liqr (the beginning of the episode - the party)
Pieces Of Juno - Silver & Gold (Isak and Emma kissing in the bathroom)
Datsik - Smoke Bomb (plays when Isak comes downstairs)
Desiigner - Panda (Isak leaving the party)
N.W.A. - Fuck Tha Police
Kjartan Lauritzen - Fredag (showing the city on Friday evering + Isak at kosegruppe meeting)
The Magnetic Fields - Three-Way (credits)
Wu-Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M. (Isak and Eskild are in Isak’s room and Isak is trying to find Even on social media)
Radiohead - Talk Show Host (Isak watches Even walk by)
Ketil Schei - Kissing You (Isak is watching Romeo and Juliet, this song is in the soundtrack to the movie)
MGMT - Electric Feel (Justice Remix) (Friday afternoon, the boys are going home from school)
Nas - The Message (Isak and Even chatting in Even’s room)
Nils Bech - That Girl (Sonja and other come and Isak watches Even w/ her + credits)
LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great (Isak does the gay test)
Mariss Jansons & Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra - Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op. 40. - Preludium (the boys are watching the girls dance)
Surferosa - Neon Commando (pregame, Isak and Emma talking)
Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend (Isak is kissing Emma and Even is kissing Sonja and they’re looking at each other)
No. 4 - Lite Og Stort (credits)
Justin Bieber - Sorry (pregame at Isak’s, Sonja and Emma are talking)
Tears for Fears - Head over Heels (Isak and Even and riding on the bicycle after leaving the pregame)
Des’ree - Kissing You/Ketil Schei - Kissing You (pool scene - Isak and Even kissing for the first time)
Slick Posh - Koko Remix (credits)
10cc - I’m Not In Love (Isak and Even kissing in Isak’s room)
The Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning (Isak is in his room and texts Even and then Eskild comes in w/ a gift)
Dårlig Vane - Gikk I Bakken (starts when Even messages Isak things might’ve moved too fast and the boys have a pregame)
Vince Staples - Lift Me Up (the boys are going to Emma’s party)
Berghain 2016 - Mikkel Øwre (??) (Isak’s inside at the party and sees Even and Emma runs into him)
Kanye West - Hold My Liquor (Isak leaving the party after seeing Even and Sonja kiss)
Nas - Hate Me Now (Isak walking through the yard while Emma and Even are at each side and look at him)