The 10 Best Wu-Tang Clan Deep Cuts [Deep Cuts Week]

illustration by Ruth Gwily

I was irked yesterday to read this article in New York Magazine in praise of an anthology of collected rap lyrics, the content of which the reviewer considered “pure rap.” By contrast, the author (a literary type, who by his own admission never listened to hip-hop) declared beats, hooks and flows as superfluous as hairstyles and clothes. To add insult to injury, he then said that based on his analysis, “Wu-Tang, surprisingly, also left me cold—much of their appeal seems to depend on their esoteric ghetto-karate lifestyle cult.”

My ass. If any rap group defines “pure rap,” it’s the Wu-Tang Clan.

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