Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Forever (4xLP Vinyl)

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Wu-Tang Forever is the second studio album of American hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan and was first released June 3rd, 1997. This 4 x 180gram vinyl LP package features singles 'Triumph' and 'Wu-Revolution'. Quadruple vinyl box-set version.

The best skit ever recorded for a Wu-Tang Clan album is the intro to the second half of their sophomore album, Wu-Tang Forever. The “announcement” is a two-minute screed by Robert “RZA” Diggs on the state of hip-hop in 1997 and the Wu-Tang Clan’s place within it.

“There’s a lot of shit that’s coming out and the shit’s been weak,” RZA begins, then decries the rap/R&B hybrids that had become the flavor of the time. “Fuck that; this is MCing right here,” he rages. “This is hip-hop…Yo, this is true hip-hop you listening to right here, in the purest form.” He further rails against “Cat-in-the-Hat ass…Dr. Seuss, Mother Goose, simple minded” rappers. Gary “GZA” Grice, co-architect of the Wu, provides back-up shit-talking, adding, “Stop running up on n&%$#as with all that wack shit, talking about you ‘MC.’” RZA then admonishes rappers and producers for biting the Wu-Tang Clan’s style, lingo, and production, then finishes with a call to “get ready for the Triumph, ’cause the Gods is here to take over this shit.”

Later, at the end of “Bells of War,” RZA gives another extended soliloquy, which he repeated throughout the promotional campaign for the album: “You don’t even gotta go to summer school: Pick up the Wu-Tang double CD and you'll get all the education you need this year.” He predicts that most won’t be able to fully decipher Wu-Tang Forever until the year 2000, which he says is when the Wu-Tang will be ready to release another group album. “That shit is going to come back like a comet,” he promises.

If someone asked us, "What is the best Hip Hop LP of all-time?", we'd be inclined to say, "This".


Well it happened, it's been many listens, several years, and an honest complete lack of faith in it ever changing, but change it has. I've finally clicked with this album at long last. And it's not the kind of click where I'm "oh geez! Why didn't I see it before duh!", it's the kind of click that was hard fought and leaves me knowing just how difficult an album this was to work out. It remains a tough listen and one that I don't blame people for giving up on as I did, not that this changes my grade or recommendation. After all I don't sit well with the idea of punishing an album for being hard to enjoy, so long as it is actually rewarding to struggle over. It sort of highlights the inevitable subjectivity in music brought on by our personal experiences and even personal surroundings, some people get this right away, others fight with it, and because it's the successor to perhaps the most beloved rap album of all those diverging results become all that more radicalized. Those who want and try to hear it like Enter the Wu Tang will fail and be bitter, like me. It's not that album, at all, and it's not any of the solo releases seen between. It's not an immaculate studio project like Liquid Swords, overseen pitch perfect by RZA. It's messy and raw, and no, it doesn't fall into de-facto immaculateness like Enter. It IS messy and raw and shows with every twist, I mean double albums are by nature going to rarely be shimmering airtight works, but the very fabric of Forever ripples with an almost mixtape like feel. 100 degrees of energy is filed into this, but the result is left frayed and more simplistic then it could be. The trick is learning to love this almost primordial Wu ooze, it takes a deep real appreciation of bare bones hip hop that makes it an 80's throwback in spirit, these beats don't get by on bells or whistles, there are few hooks to speak of (and the few there is aren't very memorable), the thump of the drums and the polyrythym is your friend, if you do know how to love just the thump and polyrhythm. It's advanced stuff, for those either naturally well versed in hip-hop or those who have gained that insight and have the patience to put aside the unavoidable preconceptions that ride in with a sophomore album of this sort. When you do, it's a huge messy self-indulgent monolith of pure rap music that you will want to get diabetes from ingesting like the fat kid in us all.

By: Zephos

A1 Wu-Revolution
A2 Reunited
B1 For Heavens Sake
B2 Cash Still Rules/Scary Hours
B3 Visionz
C1 As High As Wu-Tang Gets
C2 Severe Punishment
C3 Older Gods
D1 Maria
D2 A Better Tommorrow
D3 It's Yourz
E1 Intro
E2 Triumph
E3 Impossible
E4 Little Ghetto Boys
F1 Deadly Melody
F2 The City
F3 The Projects
F4 Bells Of War
G1 The M.G.M.
G2 Dog Sh*t
G3 Duck Seazon
G4 Hellz Wind Staff
H1 Heaterz
H2 Black Shampoo

Record Label : Sony

Featuring – Cappadonna (tracks: B1, D1, E2, E4, H1)
Producer – RZA (tracks: A1 to B1, C1, C2, D1, D3 to F1, F3, F4, G2 to G4, H2 to H4)