Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is the debut studio album by the American hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan, released November 9, 1993, on Loud Records and distributed through RCA Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during 1992 to 1993 at Firehouse Studio in New York City, and it was mastered at The Hit Factory. The album’s title originates from the martial arts film The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978). The group’s de facto leader RZA produced the album.
The 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 hip hop records. Serving as a landmark record in the era of hip hop known as the East Coast Renaissance, its influence helped lead the way for several other East Coast hip hop artists, including Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Mobb Deep, and Jay-Z.
Despite its raw, underground sound, the album had surprising chart success, peaking at #41 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 30,000 copies in the 1st week. By 1995, it was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold over 2 million copies in the United States. Initially receiving positive reviews from most music critics, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is widely regarded as one of the most significant albums of the 1990s, as well as one of the greatest hip hop albums ever.
When people first listened to Enter The 36 Chambers by the Wu-Tang Clan, you can imagine everyone’s face collectively screw up. After all, what type of rap album starts with a snippet from an old kung-fu flick? However, what seemed like a strange choice was really just an introduction into the Wu-Tang sound that fans have come to love and appreciate The album gives each member of the crew time to shine and show how dope they are as rappers, which can sometimes be difficult when you’ve got so many different people on a song. However, the best thing about the group is that each member has their own individual style which compliment each other exquisitely. The fact that no one has the same favourite member just goes to show how awesome they are as a rap ensemble and Enter the 36 Chambers was the perfect way for them to present themselves to the world.