Top Five Wu-Tang Solo Albums

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1. Raekwon– Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
Unforgettable guest appearances from Meth, Ghost, Cappadonna, and Popa Wu make Raekwon’s debut feel more like a Wu-Tang block party than a solo work.  This album is where Nas becomes Nas Escobar, and Mafioso lyricism comes to the forefront of Hip Hop; making way for future classics such as Reasonable Doubt and Supreme Clientele.  Once again, the RZA provides one of the most memorable production efforts of all time.
 

Standout Tracks:
 
Verbal Intercourse
Smoke a gold leaf I hold heat, nonchalantly
I’m grungy, but things I do is real it never haunts me
 

Ice Cream
So when I step in the square dear
You better have CREAM to share, Ricans, ven aqui yeah

2. GZA- Liquid Swords

He wasn’t scared of the Shogun, but the Shogun was scared of him.  Maybe that was the problem…

A haunting Kung Fu sample intro sets the tone for GZA’s lyrical masterpiece.  Backed by the ever-reliable talent of the RZA, the Genius forcibly tours the listener around his deeply philosophical mind.  This album’s release cemented Wu Tang’s dominance of 1995 and further contributed to their elite Hip Hop status.

Standout Tracks

4th Chamber

And from that, sons are born and guns are drawn
Clips are fully loaded, and then blood floods the lawn
Disciplinary action was a fraction of strength
that made me truncate the length one tenth

 

Cold World

Destruction worker, who was caught for his bomber
No time to swing the hammer that was hangin’ from his Farmers


3. Ghostface Killah- Ironman

Ghostface’s solo debut, while of equal quality, stands slightly apart from his fellow clansmen’s individual works.  The extensive soul sampling is reflective of Ghostface’s more introspective side lyrically.  Although it may not be quite as gritty and raw as Liquid Swords or Cuban Linx, Ironman is real.  Ghost’s storytelling style sucks you in and creates an almost documentary-like atmosphere.

Standout Tracks

 All That I Got Is You

Seven o’clock, pluckin’ roaches out the cereal box
Some shared the same spoon, watchin’ saturday cartoons
Sugar water was our thing, every meal was no thrill
In the summer, free lunch held us down like steel

Assassination Day

With coke and a dollar bill stems and crack capsules
Take a blast fool but we trap up crews it’s natural
like soybean, burn like a laser beam
My vaccine I shoot it firm and it connects like sideburns



4. Method Man- Tical

The first solo Wu Tang effort after 36 Chambers marks a significant turning point in Hip Hop.  Method Man’s flow completely redefined the word itself.  Both Tical and Ready to Die set the bar incredibly high for any current or up and coming MCs.  Meth’s way with words on Tical undoubtedly earns him the crown of Best Flow in Hip Hop.

Standout Tracks

Bring the Pain

In your Cross Colour, clothes you’ve crossed over
Then got Totally Krossed Out and Kris Kross
Who da boss? Niggaz get tossed to the side
And I’m the dark side of the Force

 

Sub Crazy

If you ain’t with me then forget me
Niggas try to stick me, retaliation, no hesitation, shifty
Creepin’ niggas in the dark, triggas with no heart
Rippin’ ass apart, I’ll be swimmin’ with the sharks now
Stay out my water or it’s manslaughter

 
 
 
5. Ol’ Dirty Bastard- Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version

Return to the 36 Chambers is ODB as we love him best: flipping out and doing whatever he wants.  Each beat is rugged in a way that perfectly suits Ol’ Dirty’s MC style.  This isn’t an album; it’s a crazy dude ranting for 70 minutes.  We love it.

Standout Tracks

Brooklyn Zoo

Energy buildin’, takin’ all types of medicines
Your ass thought you were better than
Ason, I keep planets in orbit
While I be comin’ with teeth, bitin’ more shit

 

Brooklyn Zoo II

I’ll grab the mic and now I damage you, cut your whole stamin-u
Ohh, sssshit, nahh
I’ll grab the mic and now I damage ya, cut your whole staminuh
Here comes the medical examinuh
One verse then you out for the count
Bring the ammonia make sure he sniffs… the right amount

 


Honorable Mentions:
GZA- Beneath the Surface
Ghostface Killah- Supreme Clientele
Inspecta Deck- Uncontrolled Substance
U-God- Golden Arms Redemption
On another tip… How dope are these album covers?
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