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The RZA Hits [PA]
2. Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit
3. Protect Ya Neck
4. Shimmy Shimmy Ya
5. Liquid Swords
7. Method Man
8. Incarcerated Scarfaces
9. Ice Cream
11. Bring The Pain
12. Winter Warz - (featuring Masta Killa/U-God/Cappadonna)
13. Brooklyn Zoo
14. All I Need
16. All That I Got Is You - (featuring Mary J. Blige)
17. Narration About Wu Wear
18. Wu Wear, The Garment Renaissance - (featuring Method Man/Cappadonna)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 69610
THE RZA HITS contains tracks from various artists produced by The RZA.
Personnel includes: The RZA, Wu-Tang Clan, Ol' Dirty Bastard, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Mary J. Blige, Cappadonna, Masta Killa, U-God (vocals).
Recording information: 36 Chambers, Staten Island, NY; Firehouse Studio, New York, NY; Mystic Studios, Staten Island, NY.
Perhaps the best overall introduction to the dauntingly large Wu-Tang universe, RZA Hits is an excellent singles compilation covering the first round of Wu projects -- their debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and the five solo albums recorded in its wake. The material here traces the Wu's rise from underground heroes to full-fledged stardom in hip-hop's mainstream, and arguably no other album captures their offbeat menace and outsized personalities with such stunning consistency. All 13 singles collected here were produced by the RZA, giving a primer on his eerie, cinematic style; moreover, these songs were all highlights of their respective albums, from the era when the Wu's quality control was at its highest. Every album represented here is at least an entertaining listen, and three -- the group debut, the Genius' Liquid Swords, and Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx -- are undisputed classics. Which means that this is only a starting point, but the material is so consistently terrific that it makes RZA Hits one of the richest listens in '90s hip-hop. Sure, you can do without the RZA's between-track narrations, or the "bonus track" "Wu Wear, the Garment Renaissance," a lengthy plug for the group's clothing line. But this is the absolute cream of the crop, gathering tremendous singles by Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard, the Genius, Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah. Anyone wondering why the Wu-Tang Clan is acknowledged as one of the greatest rap groups of all time need look no further than this collection. ~ Steve Huey
Entertainment Weekly (Spring 2000, p.166) - Ranked #9 in EW's "Top 10 albums of the '90s"
Q (8/99, p.134) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...a supremely populist selection...keeping the molten hit count high. If the consistency of these prime-time cuts was sustained, this would probably be the best rap compilation ever rather than merely one of the best..."
Muzik (8/99, p.79) - 5 stars (out of 5) - "...singular brilliance....GREATEST HITS is as effective an insight into [RZA's] unique Staten Island mayhem as the title suggests."
Rap Pages (9/99, p.182) - "...the perfect reference manual for [RZA's] importance to rap music....a must-listen for anyone who has ever uttered the word 'Hip-Hop'." - Rating: A
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