Musically there have been a few defining moments in my life, one of them being the first time I was put onto Wu-Tangâ€™sÂ Enter The 36 Chambers. I didnâ€™t understand exactly what it was that I was listening to, but I did know for sure that this was something I wanted to hear more of. Â The gritty beats, lyrics, and overall content of the records were like watching a movie, and I couldnâ€™t look away. I studied every scene, visualizing the whole album in a slightly different way each time through. Â MyÂ 36 Chambers cassette had found a permanent home in my walkman, where it stayed until excessive use led to the tape literally unravelling. I did some serious surgery on it, but to no avail â€¦ so I bought another. I still have that cassette, along with the vinyl and CD to match.
RZAâ€™s performance as producer onÂ 36 Chambers is one for the ages. Â â€Tearzâ€ is actually one of the only records on there for which he used just one sample â€“ Wendy Reneâ€™s â€œAfter Laughter.â€ Â The first 20 seconds of the song provided RZA with a perfect hook, and also a jumpy loop for the verses. Â I like the way RZA chose drums sounds that accompany the sample without overpowering it, which creates the perfect backdrop for the stories him and Ghostface tell in their verses. Â Just another great record on a historic album.