RZA

The RZA Hits

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Perhaps the best overall introduction to the dauntingly large Wu-Tang universe, RZA Hits is an excellent singles compilation covering the first round of Wu projects -- their debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and the five solo albums recorded in its wake. The material here traces the Wu's rise from underground heroes to full-fledged stardom in hip-hop's mainstream, and arguably no other album captures their offbeat menace and outsized personalities with such stunning consistency. All 13 singles collected here were produced by the RZA, giving a primer on his eerie, cinematic style; moreover, these songs were all highlights of their respective albums, from the era when the Wu's quality control was at its highest. Every album represented here is at least an entertaining listen, and three -- the group debut, the Genius' Liquid Swords, and Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx -- are undisputed classics. Which means that this is only a starting point, but the material is so consistently terrific that it makes RZA Hits one of the richest listens in '90s hip-hop. Sure, you can do without the RZA's between-track narrations, or the "bonus track" "Wu Wear, the Garment Renaissance," a lengthy plug for the group's clothing line. But this is the absolute cream of the crop, gathering tremendous singles by Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard, the Genius, Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah. Anyone wondering why the Wu-Tang Clan is acknowledged as one of the greatest rap groups of all time need look no further than this collection.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
RZA
1:03
2
RZA
feat: Wu-Tang Clan
3:36
3
RZA
feat: Wu-Tang Clan
4:52
4
RZA
2:41
5
RZA
feat: The Genius
3:01
6
RZA
1:20
7
RZA
feat: Method Man
4:55
8
RZA
feat: Raekwon
4:30
9
RZA
4:16
10
RZA
1:31
11
RZA
feat: Method Man
3:15
12
RZA
4:41 Amazon
13
RZA
3:40
14
RZA
feat: Method Man
3:16
15
RZA
feat: Wu-Tang Clan
4:12
16
RZA
5:00
17
RZA
1:40
18
RZA
3:53
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