RZAâ€™s production onÂ 36 Chambers changed the direction of New York hip hop, and my future in music. Â Iâ€™ve been listening to the album consistently since it came out in 1993, which is over half my life. Kind of crazy to think of it that way. Â Snippets from martial arts movies and haunting soul samples create quite the sound-scape. Â The gritty mixes and distorted drums can be largely attributed to the style (and lack) of equipment RZA used, which defines the album.
â€œC.R.E.A.M.â€ was the most successful of the singles onÂ 36 Chambers, making it into the Billboard Top 100, which was a huge accomplishment considering it was a brand new sound. Â â€As Long as I Got Youâ€ by The Charmels is one of those samples you wished you found first â€“ but would never have flipped it like RZA. Â He starts off with the loop taken from 0:20, then goes back and uses the 0:16 chop a few times. Â Then comes the (1) drums, (2) the opening bars of the sample, and (3) â€œI grew up on the crime side, the New York time sideâ€¦â€ â€“ certified classic moment in Hip Hop history.