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The Essential Wu-Tang Clan

The Essential Wu-Tang Clan
Compilation album by
ReleasedOctober 29, 2013 (2013-10-29)
Recorded1993–2001
Genre
Length1:58:21
Label
Producer
Wu-Tang Clan chronology
Legendary Weapons
(2011)
The Essential Wu-Tang Clan
(2013)
A Better Tomorrow
(2014)

The Essential Wu-Tang Clan is a compilation album by American hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan, which was released October 29, 2013 on Loud and Legacy.[citation needed] It follows 2011's Legendary Weapons. The Essential Wu-Tang Clan serves as a best of. It features performances by all Wu-Tang members and several affiliates.

Background

The Essential Wu-Tang Clan includes standout tracks from high-profile studio albums, as well as rare soundtrack selections and compilation cuts.[citation needed]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[3]

The Essential Wu-Tang Clan was met with positive reviews. It was noted for the influential and groundbreaking sound from the '90s hip-hop collective. With its distinctive style, with dark, atmospheric backing tracks (often punctuated by samples from vintage martial arts movies).[3]

Track listing

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes and Discogs.[2]

Disc One
No. Title Original Album Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1 "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'" Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) 4:48
2 "As High as Wu-Tang Get" Wu-Tang Forever
  • C. Smith
  • Grice
  • Diggs
  • Jones
  • The RZA
2:38
3 "C.R.E.A.M." Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
  • The RZA
4:07
4 "Cash Still Rules/Scary Hours (still don't nothing move but the money)" Wu-Tang Forever
3:02
5 "Rules" (featuring Streetlife) Iron Flag
3:52
6 "I Can't Go to Sleep" (featuring Isaac Hayes) The W
  • Coles
  • Diggs
  • Hayes
  • The RZA
3:35
7 "Uzi (Pinky Ring)" Iron Flag
  • C. Smith
  • Grice
  • Woods
  • Coles
  • Hawkins
  • Diggs
  • Hunter
  • Jones
  • Turner
  • Clarence Reid
  • The RZA
5:18
8 "America" (featuring Killah Priest) America Is Dying Slowly
  • The RZA
5:34
9 "Gravel Pit" (featuring Paulissa Moorman) The W
  • C. Smith
  • Woods
  • Diggs
  • Coles
  • Hawkins
  • Paulisa Moorman
  • The RZA
4:14
10 "The Projects" (featuring Shyheim) Wu-Tang Forever
  • C. Smith
  • Woods
  • Diggs
  • Coles
  • Hawkins
  • The RZA
3:18
11 "Back in the Game" (featuring Ronald Isley) Iron Flag
4:29
12 "What You in fo'" (featuring Streetlife) Oz
  • C. Smith
  • Woods
  • Diggs
  • Charles
  • True Master
3:08
13 "The Monument" (featuring Busta Rhymes) The W
  • The RZA
2:38
14 "Can It Be All So Simple" Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
  • The RZA
4:12
15 "The W" Bonus Track from Iron Flag
  • C. Smith
  • Grice
  • Woods
  • Diggs
  • Hawkins
  • The RZA
3:41
58:34
Disc Two
No. Title Original Album Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1 "Protect Ya Neck" Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) 4:32
2 "Reunited" Wu-Tang Forever
  • C. Smith
  • Grice
  • Diggs
  • Jones
  • The RZA
5:22
3 "Shame on a Nigga" Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
  • C. Smith
  • Grice
  • Coles
  • Hawkins
  • Diggs
  • Woods
  • Hunter
  • Jones
  • The RZA
2:54
4 "Hollow Bones" The W
  • Coles
  • Diggs
  • Woods
  • Hunter
  • The RZA
3:16
5 "Triumph" (featuring Cappadonna) Wu-Tang Forever
  • The RZA
5:38
6 "Redbull" (featuring Redman) The W
  • The RZA
3:54
7 "Method Man" (performed by Method Man) Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
  • C. Smith
  • Diggs
  • The RZA
5:00
8 "It's Yourz" Wu-Tang Forever
  • Coles
  • Hawkins
  • Diggs
  • Woods
  • Hunter
  • Juergen Koduletsch
  • Mats Bjoerklyn
  • Thoris Baldursson
  • The RZA
4:14
9 "Put Your Hammer Down" The Mix Tape, Vol. III
  • C. Smith
  • Grice
  • Coles
  • Hawkins
  • Diggs
  • Woods
  • Hunter
  • The RZA
2:04
10 "One Blood Under W" (featuring Junior Reid) The W
  • The RZA
4:12
11 "Diesel" (featuring Ron Isley) Soul in the Hole
  • C. Smith
  • Grice
  • Coles
  • Hawkins
  • Diggs
  • Woods
  • Hunter
  • Jones
  • The RZA
5:30
12 "Careful (Click, Click)" The W
  • Hawkins
  • Diggs
  • Hunter
  • Hill
  • Turner
  • The RZA
4:25
13 "Protect Ya Neck II (The Jump Off)" The W
  • C. Smith
  • Grice
  • Coles
  • Hawkins
  • Diggs
  • Woods
  • Hunter
  • Jones
  • The RZA
3:38
14 "Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber (Part II)" Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
  • C. Smith
  • Grice
  • Coles
  • Hawkins
  • Diggs
  • Woods
  • Hunter
  • Jones
  • The RZA
5:08
59:47

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer.

References

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) – Wu-Tang Clan". AllMusic. Archived from the original on June 2, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Wu-Tang Clan - The Essential Wu-Tang Clan (2013, CD)". Discogs. Retrieved June 19, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Wu-Tang Clan - The Essential Wu-Tang Clan Album Review". AllMusic. Retrieved June 19, 2022.

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