Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is the debut studio album by the American hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, originally released on 9th November 1993.
The gritty, distinctive sound of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) created a blueprint for hardcore hip-hop during the 1990s, and helped return New York City hip-hop to national prominence. Its sound also became greatly influential in modern hip-hop production, while the group members' explicit, humorous, and free-associative lyrics have served as a template for many subsequent rap records. Serving as a landmark release in the era of hip-hop known as the East Coast Renaissance, its influence helped lead the way for several other East Coast rappers, including Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Mobb Deep, and Jay-Z.
Despite its raw, underground sound the album received positive reviews from most music critics, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) has since been widely regarded as one of the most significant albums of the 1990s, as well as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. In 2020, the album was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone's updated list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2022, the album was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
1. Bring Da Ruckus
2. Shame on a Nigga
3. Clan in Da Front
4. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber
5. Can It Be All So Simple / Intermission
6. Protect Ya Neck / Intermission
7. Da Mystery of Chessboxin'
8. Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta F' Wit
9. C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)
10. Method Man
12. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber - Part II