Happy 20th to “Midnight Marauders” & “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”

blame it on JES7 November 9, 2013

20 years ago to the day, two classic albums were introduced to the Hip-Hop Nation. These two iconic albums would also go on to represent the Yin and Yang of 1993: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) with it’s sample heavy, lo-fi sound coupled with dark, ominous instrumentals provided by the RZA, and Midnight Marauders, laden with lots of intoxicating jazz pleasantries and breakbeats. Both albums were profoundly magnetizing and would live on to be quintessential must hear LPs for both new and old heads alike. Congrats to ATCQ & Wu-Tang. 20-fvcking years!

TL;DR: Hip-Hop proved the doubters that we’re here to stay.

What were your fondest memories upon hearing these two albums for the first time? Sound off below.

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  • Kev

    These are my two favorite Hip Hop groups of all time & it’s funny you said they represent the yin & yang cuz that’s what I always say. Wu is my favorite when I want some hype, gritty, street sounds & Tribe is my favorite when I wanna hear some smooth, laid back jazzy sounds to smoke to.

    First time I heard these I was a child but I rediscovered them as a teenager cuz when I was in high school rap music fucking sucked (2005-2009). So I went back & found all the old school joints to get my real hip hop fix & understand them better since I was older. Now when I think of the soundtrack to my high school years I’m reminded of the 90’s era instead of Lil Wayne & Soulja Boy..& I am VERY grateful for that.

    I credit these albums & all the other classic 90’s albums for leading me to the underground scene & becoming a true hip hop/music head. Congrats to Wu-Tang & ATCQ, their legendary status is well deserved & will last for generations.

  • biff tannen

    Both fantastic albums but imo

    Midnight Marauders > 36 chambers

    Just my personal preference.

  • meh

    to be honest, ive never listened to MM all the way thru. 36 though, i rememnber going to sam goody buing this. they truly changed the game. RIP ol dirty….

  • drew

    classic shit words cant describe how good they are missed that vibe