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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.
|Writer(s)||Robert Diggs (RZA), Jason Hunter (Inspectah Deck), Clifford Smith (Method Man), Corey Woods (Raekwon), David Porter, Isaac Hayes|
|Musician(s)||Raekwon, Method Man, Inspectah Deck (vocals), The Charmels (samples)|
|Learn to play||Piano|
|Album||Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)|
Cold Crush Brothers
The Fantastic Five
Lee "Scratch" Perry
Eric B. and Rakim
Boogie Down Productions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.