In a Nutshell
In a way, this raw, low-key track captures exactly what the notoriously outrageous Wu-Tang Clan seems to be all about: success and making money.
But just like the Wu-Tang Clan itself, "C.R.E.A.M." has more than one side to it. Cash. Rules. Everything. Around. Me. It's more than just capitalism at its most naked: it's the Wu-Tang way of life.
About the Song
||Musician(s)||Raekwon, Method Man, Inspectah Deck (vocals), The Charmels (samples)
|Album||Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)|
|Writer(s)||Robert Diggs (RZA), Jason Hunter (Inspectah Deck), Clifford Smith (Method Man), Corey Woods (Raekwon), David Porter, Isaac Hayes|
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The Wu-Tang Clan might just be the biggest nerds in hip-hop history. The nine-deep crew includes rappers who list among their primary influences as kung fu movies, religious numerology
, and the game of chess
. Comic books and mobster movies
also come up in a lot of Wu-Tang talk.
While fantasy and games might inform the Wu's lyricism, most of the original nine members of the crew grew up in the housing projects of Staten Island
, New York, notorious for drugs and crime. The resulting gritty realism of their rhymes is certainly Dickensian
at times. Combine that bleak reality with humor and fantasy, and the slang-slinging, tragicomic world the Wu-Tang Clan creates is borderline Shakespearean
"C.R.E.A.M.," a street-based lesson in economics
, is also an iconic creative work that has influenced everyone from Eminem
to Kanye West
On the Charts
"C.R.E.A.M." is the Wu-Tang Clan's highest-charting single, peaking at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #32 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers)
peaked at #40 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and #8 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Although it was not as commercially successful as later Wu-Tang albums, it is now considered a rap classic and is usually considered the group's most indispensable record.