Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross & N.O.R.E. Pay Tribute To Wu-Tang Clan

posted Saturday November 09 ,2013 at 02:00PM CST | 70 comments

Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross & N.O.R.E. Pay Tribute To Wu-Tang Clan

Some of today's most notable Hip Hop artists pay tribute to Wu-Tang Clan's first album.

The anniversary of Wu-Tang Clan's highly influential debut album Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers is today.

Often named by some of today's biggest artists as a point of inspiration, 36 Chambers produced highly successful singles and lifted Wu-Tang to a worldwide platform, subsequently having them release numerous successful solo albums and the even higher-selling 4x platinum Wu-Tang Forever album. MTV recently talked with numerous artists, both newer and veteran about the album and its influence.

"I was locked up when Wu came out, and it's crazy cause I never seen nobody from Staten Island, right?" Fellow New York Native N.O.R.E. said when asked about the album. "Nobody from Staten Island, and then Wu came out and there was like mobs from Staten Island, 'You from Staten Island? Jesus man! Where was you at yesterday?'... All these dudes. It was something that Hip Hop had never seen. We've seen two-man groups, maybe even four-man groups, we've seen Heavy D and The Boyz, rest in peace. But we've never seen a nine-man army with everybody spitting. Like when 'Protect Ya Neck' came out, I was like, 'Woah.'"

Rick Ross remembered how influential the album was when he was attending high school.

"I remember when we had our yearbook," he said. "At the time "Protect Ya Neck" was the hottest song, we were in high school, I forget what grade we was in but I remember all the chicks drawing the Wu-Tang logo."

Kendrick Lamar also weighed in, saying the group's appearance and lyrics were most memorable to him.

"When they were talking about their lyrics, talking about what's going on in their neighborhoods and at the same time, bringing their whole character with it, and how they was walking in the streets," Kendrick said. "That's what I really got from it."

Proceeding its original release in 1993, the album would attain platinum status in 1995, and in 2003, 36 Chambers ranked at number 386 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Watch the video by MTV below including other rapper's and producer's take on the album:

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  • Anonymous
    The clown mentioned Grand Puba lol
  • Anonymous
    Ricky doesn't need platinum certification to achieve greatness.
  • 666
    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/YkmgM7UTOXs/default.jpg
  • Anonymous
    "according to you" According to consumers. When was their last best selling album? Not saying they can't still deliver a hit album, but every year they act like they're going to do a reunion, and every year people bash them for not. They had a nice run early on, but let's face it. If it weren't for doing shows worldwide, they'd have zero fans.
    • Anonymous
      Bullshit.
    • Anonymous
      To all newcomers to this culture of ours, the 'I've been down from day one', 'rap has no color' blah-blahers but don't know who the fuck a Grand Puba or YZ or Akynele is. This is not Mc Donalds' nor Wendy's, stop fucking using words like 'relevant' or 'hit' or commenting on folks like Wu-Tang et al; this is not for you. Stick to your Kim Kanyes or Leotards Waynes, you can have them, we don't want them back, Nuff said.
  • Patricia Astudillo
    until I looked at the check four $4800, I have faith that...my... friend woz like actually erning money parttime at their computer.. there friend brother started doing this for only 8 months and resently paid for the debts on their cottage and got a great Lotus Esprit. visit the website WWW.FB39.COM He obviously dissed the system where white men in suits from Hollywood try to adapt the music so that it would appeal to the masses and would fuck up their mentaility. What the fuck were you thinking? He hates Hollywood cause they make movies over there? Moron.
  • Charlene Sharleen
    #NP Drake - Wu Tang Forever
  • Fuck Queens
    Wasn't N.O.R.E.'s name P.A.P.I. or some dumb shit like that
    • Anonymous
      i think he tried to pull a 2 chainz for his last album but no one gave a fuck so he went back to N.O.R.E
    • Fuck Queens
      LOL
  • jasonnns
    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/HBWVtv-JO1Y/mqdefault.jpg
  • dentaldamboy
    Rick Ross is far better than K Dot, NORE, and Wutang. Even will smith is far better than those wack rappers.
    • Anonymous
      says the nicca who stans for Lil Wayne LOL
    • Anonymous
      Never go full retard.
  • Jay
    I hate when young cats or professors try to speak about artists that they didn't even experience. Kendrick has no idea of the impact that WU. He is just basing his opinion on what he heard or read. Hell I was 7 when Elvis was touring and his songs were playing, but I was really was too young to understand his impact. Kendrick was 5 when Wu and Nas saved hiphop. More than likely he started understanding who Wu Tang was when he 16 or 17 way after their careers over. I think they should interviewed some of Wu's peers.Late 93 - 96 were some of the best years of HipHop. great memories
    • Anonymous
      " Hell I was 7 when Elvis was touring " Holy shit. If Elvis died in 1977 how the fuck old are you like 50????? you're a clown old man.
    • Anonymous
      nas and wu aint save hip-hop at the time fool. they were just dope records at the time.
    • Anonymous
      Kendrick said some more meaningful shit than Ross did! Officer Ross talkin bout girls in school drawing Wu logos. I'm surprised he can remember that shit with all the lies he been telling for the last 10+ years who knows if its even true!
    • Colorado Shawty
      I think "Jay" is Jay-Z, and that would make him 44 on Dec 4th. (Born in '69)
    • Anonymous
      "Holy shit. If Elvis died in 1977 how the fuck old are you like 50????? you're a clown old man" ^ wow, lol you're young obviously, commenting on a group older than you, but their fan who grew up with them and is around their age is a clown for commenting? you're too young to see how stupid that looks
    • Anonymous
      you must be 45 too
  • Fry
    Wu Tang doesn't want Rick Ross's respect. Why doesn't he try rapping like he respects Wu-Tang or Hip-Hop in general?
    • Shakim Allah
      then WHY is "Rick Ross" on SHAOLIN VS WU TANG with RAEKWON ? Are YOU callim the Chef a hypocrite?
    • Anonymous
      Rae did a song with Justin Bieber too. Nigga will do anything to stay relevant or sell a few extra records
    • Anonymous
      Ross is way more successful than Broke Tang.
    • ^
      Good joke. At least Wu-Tang went platinum. Where's Ricky's plaque?
    • ^
      sales dont mean shit, stanley
    • ^
      Hypocrite.
  • dieDRAKEdie
    this is how your show respect to hip hop and wu-tang clan. drake deserves to die on site over that r&b song that made a complete mockery of the artform.
    • Shakim Allah
      but RZA okaued it personally... how do u defend the WU by INSULTING them? im just wondering
    • Anonymous
      RZA cant speak for all of wu-tang. Deck wasnt cool with that shit
  • zivaldo
    Kendrick was like 6 when the album came out...lol
    • Anonymous
      doesnt mean he cant appreciate it
  • 666
    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/P4GWOQPtD88/default.jpg
  • micheal myersss
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP-jYiuDD9g