Two of The Greatest Hip Hop Albums of All Time Came Out 18 Years Ago: Wu/Tribe
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On November 9th 1993 I was talking about how bad Shaq & Kemp dunked on somebody last night and heading to the local record shop so I could pick up a cassette of the debut album of Wu Tang Clan called “Enter the 36 Chambers”. I also remember seeing the new Tribe album but since my McDonald paychecks weren’t anything to brag about I had to wait another week to pick up the Tribe’s follow up to “The Low End Theory” called “Midnight Marauders”.
As for the Wu album I don’t ever remember feeling as strongly as I did that day listening to a hip hop album. It’s not that it was so much better than anything that came before or after but like Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation album, it was so unique and it also introduced a group of solid rappers that each could make a case for being a top 20, maybe even top 10 rapper at the time.
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The first thing I think about when I think “Midnight Marauders” is the album cover. I’m sure every rapper that didn’t make it on the cover was pissed and at the same time I was shocked to see some that did make the cut. The album was great but I do remember being a little letdown because of good “Low End Theory” was but as the years went on the album remained a classic while many other hip hop records from the early 90s started to feel outdated or just corny.
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