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Wu-Tang ClanAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 21, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000051XY5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
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1. Intro (Shaolin Finger Jab)/Chamber Music
2. Careful (Click, Click)
3. Hollow Bones
4. Redbull
5. One Blood Under W
6. Conditioner
7. Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)
8. Let My Niggas Live
9. I Can't Go To Sleep
10. Do You Really (Thang, Thang)
11. The Monument
12. Gravel Pit
13. Jah World

Editorial Reviews

The Wu-Tang Clan have slimmed down on their lean and mean third album, both in title and in content. Clearly having learned a lesson from the ostentatious affair that was their last group effort, Wu-Tang Forever, The W weighs in at a taut 13 tracks, with little, if any, extraneous self-righteous solipsism. RZA returns to the boards for all but one track and proves that Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) was no fluke, manipulating ghoulish soul to chilling effect on "Hollow Bones" and dropping (and chopping) thunderous horns at the intro to "One Blood Under W" (which features a stellar turn from reggae don Junior Reid). The album's first two singles--"Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)" and "Gravel Pit"--are both fierce, propulsive numbers, inspiring the Wu collective--Ghostface Killah and Method Man in particular--to higher energy levels than they've displayed in years. Elsewhere, The W is Ghost's record, especially on the unhinged lament "I Can't Go to Sleep" and the prostrate plea "Jah World." Memorably, Snoop and ODB collaborate to comic effect on "Conditioner," and all the album's cameos--from Redman and Nas to Isaac Hayes and Busta Rhymes--show that the group is still as savvy as ever. On The W, the boasting is earned. --Jon Caramanica

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Wu-Tang Clan ~ W

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Return By "The Shaolin Boxers"........ January 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you are new to the phenomenon of the Wu-Tang Clan, you might wonder how a group that only put out three albums in eight years survived in the fickle rap world. If you're not, you're probably one of those soldiers who went out and copped every Clan member's solo album; from the sublime (Ghostface) to substandard (U-God). There are even a few people inside and outside of rap music who fall between the cracks - people who know Method Man from his "N 2 Gether Now" duet with Fred Durst but otherwise don't follow the Wu or understand what it's all about.

To truly explain Wu-Tang Clan detail would take twice as long as this review; so maybe you can just take the writer's word that when "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" came out in 1993 it created a sonic landquake whose P and S waves still continue to sheer through hip-hop today. At the time, the Wu's thematic usage of martial arts and rugged (some said unmastered) production were a sensation - a wholly new sound. The dynasty it shook loose though has caused envy in the rap world and lead some to say their debut was a universal fluke that can't be recaptured; or worse still, that every Wu album (solo or group) since falls short of their original.

The double album "Wu-Tang Forever" in 1997 should have answered all of their critics, but heads are still wondering if they've got it. Clan leader RZA's response was to craft a new album which is supposed to be "back to basics" in rap skills and the Wu-Tang sound that first rocked the world. "The W" is the fruition of his efforts - he produced all of this album's thirteen tracks except for "Do You Really (Thang, Thang)." The album's lead single "Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)" even borrows it's title from the lead single of that landmark 1993 long player.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I PUT MY "DISC" ON YOUR LIPS November 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Alright, I went out last night and bought this in freezing cold NY at midnight. It was worth it. My friend and I were on the subway laughing, knowing we were about to hear new Wu for the first time in three years. Now, for those of you expecting something like 36 Chambers you will be surprised. Unlike most hip hop acts, the Wu are driven by their producer. RZA has developed his style and has begun to transcend the traditional "limits" of the hip hop song. It was obvious by his work on Supreme Clientele, that he was not on the same "Wu-style" that had become so easy to recognize. However, I had no idea how far he was willing to go in his growth as a musician. The MCing on this album is also amazing. Rae, RZA, Meth, Nas, Red, and a little sprinkling of ODB's special blend of herbs and spices make for solid, solid mic work. The real standout (and , in my opinion, the sharpest in the whole Clan) is Ghost. GHOST HAS CHANGED THE RULES. Like RZA (on the production side), Ghostface has developed even further - he is miles ahead of ALL other MCs. His delivery is unorthodox by rap standards and far more expressive than the thuggy, monotone style employed by garden variety Mic Checkers. The version of The Jump Off is different than the single - it's better. Let My Niggas Live finds Nas Illmatic again (finally) and is probably his best song in years. Careful (Click, Click)is brutal - like mood music from some super grimy movie. I would do this track by track, but it would turn into me saying "bang" over and over. After only holding this for 16 hours, my favorites are Jah World, I Can't Go To Sleep and Hollow Bones. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad November 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album isn't as listenable as the past two, and there are a couple of reasons for this. The beat are different. I think that's the key. The RZA in most os the songs is experimenting with subtleness and harmonizing as well as creating a mood with his beats, instead of the typical things he's been known for thus far. That's good i think, but on some of the songs, it falls through because the lyrics aren't great on some of them. One song that it works great with is "Let My N----'s Live". featuturing Nas. Conditioner is the kind of song that will get stuck in your mind. The problem I have with that one, is that the lyrics are too loud for the beat and has too much bass in it...I think others will know what I'm talking about. "I Can't Go to Sleep" Is the most interesting thing I've heard the RZA do so far, but even in that, there is sloppiness that I can't really explain. Gravel Pit, you all know is nuts as well is The Jump off. So basically the album I think is a pretty half and half result, which is why I give it 3 stars. This is definitely one for people who are already fans of the music. Any new listeners will want to start from the beginning. "Enter the Wu Tang"
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The W is an A+ June 20, 2001
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The Wu-Tang Clan returns on their third official album, The W. Unlike their previous album, Wu-Tang Forever, which was a sprawling two-disk set, The W is a single disk, thirteen song affair that still allows enough space for all the Wu's MC's to flow as well as include numerous guests. Method Man cohort Redman appears on the psychotic "Redbull" and reggae star Junior Reid provides his gruff styling on the Wu unity anthem "One Blood Under W" and the album's closer the hopeful "Jah World". Nas appears on "Let My Niggas Live" and Snoop Dogg trades verses with ODB on "Conditioner". Unfortunately due to his iron vacation, ODB could only provide his manic flows to the one track. "I Can't Go To Sleep" features Isaac Hayes and samples his powerful version of "Walk On By". The song is a great effort with a sultry rap from Mr. Hayes and impassioned verses from Ghostface Killah. RZA lays down some of his best beats especially on the tight "Hollow Bones" and "Do You Really (Thang, Thang)" which may be the best track on the album. All the Wu MC's, U-God, Method Man, Raekwon, Cappadonna, GZA, Inspecta Deck & Ghostface Killah, show why they are best crew in hip hop. The W is a great album and welcome release in a dry spell for hip hop.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into the Wu! Easy read!
Despite the fact that The RZA is a pompous egomaniac, this book is extremely easy to read and very interesting. Read more
Published 7 months ago by T. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing album
Definitely underAted wu seriously some of their best work yet!!! Production and lyricism is well polished. Top 2 fave WU albums
Published 13 months ago by HIP HOP COME BACK
4.0 out of 5 stars Great rap group. Not the BEST album
Wu Tang Clan is by far my favorite rap group of all time and I've tried to grab everything they've done over the years including the 3 or 4 studio albums they had over this 8 year... Read more
Published 16 months ago by NeoJake
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre with a few standouts
The disappointing thing to me is that I know that the Wu are talented and that this had the potential to be alot better than it was. Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by Shelley D. Bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album, great tracks. Get it
This album is seriously awesome. There's a couple of really memorable tracks on it, but at least 6-7 that you'll want in your permanent collection too. Read more
Published on February 11, 2011 by M. R. Kemp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I don't have any problems with any Wu Tang Album. All the people that get on here and are like Im a huge wu fan but this album or that has only a couple good songs, well your... Read more
Published on November 7, 2010 by Jesse Capps
5.0 out of 5 stars The W is the Wu's Sgt. Peppers
Moving from their classic hip hop debut '36 Chambers,' to the dark, raw, drony, stream of consciousness sound of 'Forever,' 'The W' shifts more into a colorful, cinematic, soulful,... Read more
Published on February 28, 2010 by The Duder
3.0 out of 5 stars The W didnt make the Cut for me
ok this album is decent for its production, but other then that it wasnt that great, truely didnt really care to hear that snoop dogg is on this album, I would still buy this album... Read more
Published on February 12, 2009 by WTC4ever
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Solid Effort
This is not the Wu's best album, but it's solid nonetheless. RZA takes on a much more minimalist and atmospheric approach to production, and songs like "Careful" might seem boring... Read more
Published on December 11, 2007 by Andrew Franklin
1.0 out of 5 stars seriously?
I've listened to many rap albums... but how is this one so terrible? Compare this to Outcast, Dre, Tribe, or... Read more
Published on October 3, 2007 by Brett
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