Study Guide

C.R.E.A.M. Introduction

C.R.E.A.M. Introduction

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

ArtistWu-Tang Clan
Year1993
LabelLoud Records
Writer(s)Robert Diggs (RZA), Jason Hunter (Inspectah Deck), Clifford Smith (Method Man), Corey Woods (Raekwon), David Porter, Isaac Hayes
Producer(s)RZA
Musician(s)Raekwon, Method Man, Inspectah Deck (vocals), The Charmels (samples)
Learn to playPiano
AlbumEnter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

Music Video

Influences on Wu-Tang Clan

Force MDs
Cold Crush Brothers
Furious Five
Grandmaster Flash
The Fantastic Five
EPMD
Lee "Scratch" Perry
Eric B. and Rakim
Boogie Down Productions
Public Enemy
KRS-One

Influenced by Wu-Tang Clan

Kanye West
Just Blaze
Jay-Z
Nas
Nelly
Cee-Lo
Killa Beez

C.R.E.A.M. Resources

Books

RZA and Chris Norris, The Wu-Tang Manual (2005)
A fun introduction to Wu-Tang's story brought to you by the man behind much of Wu-Tang's success, producer and business leader RZA.

RZA and Chris Norris, The Tao of Wu (2009)
RZA is back with a deeper, more autobiographical take on the Wu-Tang Clan philosophy and his own spiritual views.

Albums

Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers) (1993)
Their now-classic debut album is essential for any Wu-Tang Clan fan.

Wu-Tang Forever (1997)
The Wu-Tang Clan's double album was much anticipated, and, with its cinematic productions and forceful, innovative feel, the massive project did not fail to meet high expectations.

The W (2000)
The Wu-Tang Clan kept it coming with another album that gave them both a hit single and critical praise.

Images

Wu-Tang Clan Logo
The Wu-Tang Clan's quickly recognizable "W" draws from martial arts imagery and appears on everything from album covers to Wu-Tang's clothing line, Wu-Wear.

Wu-Tang: the Original Nine Plus Cappadonna
When Wu-Tang came together in 1992, they were the largest hip-hop crew around, and the first to create a sort of open corporation of individual artists who signed to separate labels while also putting out albums as the Wu-Tang Clan.

Movies & TV

Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan (2007)
This is a middle-of-the-road BET documentary that will still be great fun for fans.

Shaolin and Wu Tang (1981)
This is the 1981 martial arts film that Wu-Tang Clan took their name and part of their concept from. The film features two warring martial arts clans.

Websites

Wu-Tang Corp Official Site
Here's the official website of the Wu-Tang Clan and their affiliated acts, the Killa Beez, complete with biographies and tour dates.

"Interview: Robert Diggs, a.k.a. the RZA," Time (2000)
RZA tells Time about digital vinyl, Wu-Tang history, and the integrity of the Wu-Tang brand.

Video & Audio

"C.R.E.A.M." Music Video (1994)
This video presents the Wu-Tang Clan as a successful street enterprise of some kind, struggling to get by but eventually pulling in bags of money—kind of a condensed version of the real Wu-Tang story.

"Triumph" Music Video (1997)
This hilarious music video brought to you by the director of X-Men: Standoff combines 1990s film effects, kung fu and sci-fi movie influences, and the sharp lyricism of a slew of Wu-Tang members into six minutes worth watching.

"Wu-Tang Financial," Chappelle's Show (2003)
This goofy skit from the Dave Chappelle show features RZA and GZA, Wu-Tang's financial brains, instructing various old white people on the fiscal ways of the Wu.

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