Throwback Thursdays

Ready to re-live the 90’s? Thursday Throwbacks are here. Whether you grew up in the era or were just too young to appreciate hip-hop, we’ve got something for everyone. The main purpose of Thursday Throwbacks is to reminisce on the classics and pay homage to the artists who took the genre to the next level.

It aims to educate the uneducated with some background on each track, but if you’re an East Coast ‘Head’ like me then sit back, grab a beer and let the good times roll. We will begin today with the track which grasped hip-hop back from the West Coast and paved the way for things to come…

Wu-Tang Clan-Bring Da Ruckus
(Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers)

“Ghostface, catch the blast of a hype verse
My glock bursts, leave in a hearse, I did worse”

And with two lines hip-hop was changed forever. The early nineties had been dominated by West Coast G-Funk spearheaded by Dr. Dre, his NWA revolutionists, and a certain late Mr. Shakur. After Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap and the early pioneers of the genre, the East Coast desperately needed a resurgence and it was at this point an unknown RZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard (RIP) and GZA formed what we now know as the Wu-Tang Clan.

Bring Da Ruckus was track one on their debut album Enter The Wu Tang: 36 Chambers. The simplicity of the track lets each artist shine in their own way. RZA just drops in a three drum loop and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s him providing the clicks with his own fingers, adding to the grittiness of this track. You might not like it, but respect it like you would your Step Mother: After all, she brought your missus into this world just like this track brought us East Coast hip-hop back.

Can’t leave this review without mentioning one of my favourite lyrics ever. This comes from the heavily underrated Inspectah Deck who opens his verse with:

“I rip it hardcore, like porno-flick bitches
I roll with groups of ghetto bastards with biscuits
Check it, my method on the microphone’s bangin
Wu-Tang slang’ll leave your headpiece hangin”

Released in 1993 Bring Da Ruckus accompanied by the rest of the album sent out ripples across the hip-hop world, put the East Coast back on the map and paved the way for the progression of the genre.

Next week…

Son of a jazz player, born and raised in the Queensbridge Projects of New York, dropped his instant classic in 1994 on Columbia Records and entertained one of the most famous feuds in hip-hop today….
(OK OK, I know it’s easy. I’m bedding you in slowly. Making sure you’re up to speed)

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