Man this is a classic. I just realised, despite the countless times I’ve listened to this thing, I don’t actually own this record, in any format. I need to sort that out. A cassette or vinyl will do!
Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of Wu-Tang, and whilst I don’t claim to have heard their entire body of work, everything else they released that I have heard just pales in comparison to this absolute masterpiece. Everything about this is great; the raw, hardcore beats and production, the hydra-headed lyrical approaches spitting all sorts of nasty shit, and hey – even the skits, bizarre as they may be, it wouldn’t be 36 Chambers without them.
I was listening to this outside recently at a considerable volume whilst doing some DIY and it gave me a new appreciation for this record. 36 Chambers is easily one of the greatest hip hop records of all time.