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8 Diagrams Explicit Lyrics

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Limited CD/DVD combo. The highly anticipated 2007 album from the Wu-Tang Clan. The Wu-Tang Clan is a New York-based, all-star lineup of nine American rappers who are Grammy winners, multi-platinum-selling solo artists, multi-platinum record producers, film stars, screenwriters, TV stars, product spokespersons, business owners and, most recently, major motion picture composers. Emerging in 1993, the Staten Island, New York-based Wu-Tang Clan proved to be the most revolutionary rap group of the mid-'90s and only partially because of their music. All nine members work under a number of pseudonyms but they are best known as: the RZA, Genius/Gza, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, U-God, Inspecta Deck, and Masta Killa. 17 tracks including the singles 'The Heart Gently Weeps' (featuring Erykah Badu), 'Take It Back' and 'They Wanna Stick Me For My Riches'.

On Wu-Tang Clan's sixth album, 8 Diagrams, producer RZA still knows how to drop the bottom out of listeners' expectations. A minute and a half into opener "Campfire," for example, he abruptly switches keys just as the accompanying vocal downshifts from a melodic Curtis Mayfield sample ("Gypsy Woman") into Method Man's merciless first verse. From then on, despite the contentious instrumentals (Raekwon practically disowned the final product), RZA's never lets his fun get in the way of the MCs' speaking largely for themselves. Unsurprisingly, they still have a lot to say, though much of it treads firmly in the most stereotypical of hip-hop posturing: self-adulation, rough-edged with a syncopated litany of more or less violent, casually sexist bravado. Of course, those who tend toward hip-hop with a heart of gold would never be listening to the Wu anyway. Erykah Badu, John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), and George Harrison's own son Dhani can't resuscitate "The Heart Gently Weeps," but then "Take It Back," "Wolves" (with George Clinton), and especially he timpani-pummeled "Weak Spot" show that even at loggerheads, the Wu still rocks an eccentric, charismatic funk. In the end, it seems, a gaggle of irreverent rappers this talented and volatile ages well almost in spite of itself. Keep 'em coming. --Jason Kirk
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  • Audio CD (December 11, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: SRC
  • ASIN: B000XQ1YPG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,355 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Franklin on December 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
After reading the mediocre reviews, hearing Raekwon and Ghostface disown the album, and seeing the mostly negative discussion regarding 8 Diagrams on message boards, I was prepared to be disappointed. I bought the album anyway because I love Wu-Tang, but my expectations were low.

So I came home, put it in the stereo, and prayed it wasn't too depressingly bad. I had no idea what I was in store for. The production on this album is simply incredible from start to finish. People have been calling it, no. RZA's arrangement of somber chants, cascading guitars, rolling pianos, weeping violins, and ominous samples on this album is deliberate. He knows what he's doing, and he does it very well. The sound is dark and threatening, and beats switch up fluidly yet unpredictably. Anyone who really understands music will at least appreciate what RZA has accomplished, if not fall in love with it. I haven't been this excited upon first hearing an album since Stillmatic.

My biggest worry was based on people's complaints about the singing on this album. Let me say this: I HATE R&B hooks on Hip Hop songs with a passion. "Back Like That" was the worst song on Fishscale in my opinion. But the singing on 8 Diagrams fits the mood perfectly. It adds to the atmosphere without sounding corny or over the top.

This is grown man music, and I suspect this album is poorly received because too many people are expecting another 36 Chambers. That's what RZA tried with Iron Flag, and we saw how that worked out. Rae's complaint was that the fans are looking for punch-you-in-the-face music. This is creep-in-the-night-and-steal-your-soul music.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Spratlin on January 29, 2008
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Hip-hop is no country for old men. Pop music in general doesn't take kindly to fogies, but if you're a rapper, the options are especially slim: There's no Starbucks to help get your Paul McCartney on, no casino where you can get your Celine Dion on, no Broadway where you can get your Billy Joel on, not even a Rick Rubin to help you get your Johnny Cash on. For the majority of hip-hop's seniors (roughly, MCs age 35 and up) there are just varying shades of death to choose from: crankiness, irrelevance, Celebrity Fit Club and plain-old, unglamorous death itself.

There are probably kids doing the Crank That who have never even heard of the Wu-Tang Clan. Unlike the Notorious B.I.G., their early-'90s contemporary, the Staten Island Crew didn't suffer a tragic, legend-making end, nor did they inspire a generation of Wu-Cadets the way Christopher Wallace inspired so many Little Biggies. No nine-man, numerology-obsessed posses have sprung up in their wake: Nobody has dared to be that bizarre.

And yet, despite the odds, their fifth album is arrestingly, chillingly good. It doesn't include any overblown claims of invincibility; instead, it's a haunted house where samples shiver, floorboards creak and the scariest ghosts of all are the flinty-eyed MCs telling decades-old tales of desperation and violence with smoldering immediacy, like they're cursed to relive them endlessly. Here, Wu-Tang don't defy death; they fall into a grim lockstep with it.

8 Diagrams might be the quietest hip-hop album ever made. RZA, who produced 13 songs and coproduced the other two, cultivates a sinister hush throughout; gone are the spine-snap snares and street-mob chants of 36 Chambers, the synth sleaze of Forever and the brassy funk of The W and Iron Flag.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Darth Maul on December 11, 2007
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clack on weak MC's!!!! I read all the pre-reviews. I had doubts. I still went out to lunch to cop this. Man, do anyone know what REAL HIP HOP is anymore? This is fire. Nothing but. Grown hip hop just like NAS hip hop is dead. Gun will go is just unbelievable. I am 30+ I am going to be chanting that hook like a 16 year old. And Campfire, that is a way to kick off of the race. I think everyone is concern because they are not jumping around and screaming like they did in the 90's. C'mon now, neither is NAS, Jay Z, Scarface, even Redman. This is an unbelievable 'dark' album and I usually do not like all dark albums. This is an exception. It is also great that it was released around this time of the year. Get em out the way Pa had me about to drive in a ditch!!! I love it!!!! What a time to be a WU-Tang fan!! "WU-TANG,WU-TANG!!!! Keep it going brothers, R.I.P. to ODB.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Patrick (Old School) on December 11, 2007
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Now I am a huge Wu fan, always been, always will. And when i recieved my copy of 8 Diagrams yesterday I was not expecting a 36 Chambers or another Wu-Tang Forever. Because if I wanted to hear a remake of 36 Chambers I would just save my money and listen to 36 Chambers. So when you buy this album and you put it into your player, expect a new album, not an old one. Now lets get down to business. This albums production is experimental, but I dig it. Its different but still always have the Wu-Tang style martial arts cuts, and hard hitting beats. One thing thats absolutely perfect on this album (not suprising) are the lyrics, they kill it. Now if I had a complaint, it would be there are only a few stand out tracks, but the plus to that is there isn't a song that is bad, except maybe "Starter". The production might be different, but it's still 100 Percent Wu-tang flavor. And like RZA said, Wu-Tang Clan is a family, and family goes through quarrels, but at the end of the day, that's your brother, and Wu-Tangs always forever.

My Favorite songs:

Heart Gently Weeps

Take It Back

Rushing Elephants


Gun Will Go


Life Changes.
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