The Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants are about to battle it out in a best of seven series to crown the MLB champ. While we don’t know the winner of the 2010 World Series yet what is known is that the Wu-Tang Clan has produced many winning albums over the years. Here are nine Wu-Tang albums represented by the positions on the baseball diamond playing for the title of best crew ever assembled.
P: Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Lets start with 1/2 of what is known as the battery, the pitcher and catcher. Pitching is complicated. Different types of pitches thrown at different speeds and often by several pitchers throughout the course of the game. Rarely does the starting pitcher go nine innings but this album could go all 27 outs plus some. The debut album by the Wu, it features the entire clan of RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Impossible to choose a favorite song, so pick ’em all. The sound is rough, like all the litter from Staten Island whipped up a whirlwind and recycled itself into a rap crew. Impossible to pick the best song but “Can It Be All So Simple” and “C.R.E.A.M” rise to the top.
C: Genius/GZA – Liquid Swords. The pitcher may be throwing the ball but the catcher is deciding which pitch is thrown. That’s why we’re putting the Genius behind the plate with his album Liquid Swords. This album can mesmerize a listener with its Wu sound combined with lyrics a several levels above the rest of the industry. If you’re going to call yourself a genius you better back it up and GZA does just that with lyrical lessons that teach students of rap. Check out “Shadowboxin'” and “B.I.B.L.E.”. Just as the cover implies, lyrical chess takes place within these tracks.
1B: Ghostface Killah – Ironman. Who is Tony Starks? Billionaire playboy who dresses up in an iron suit to fight crime or a rapper from the Wu who has arguably become the Clan’s most successful solo artist? Just like the answer to that question is both the first baseman has to produce both at the plate and in the field. Listen to “260” and “Camay” to experience the range of GFK with a delivery and sound that compliment like only a Killah can.
2B: Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version. RIP Ol’ Dirty, but you know ODB will live on as long as we all “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”. Crazy creative ODB is the rock star of the Wu and also responsible for the right side of the infield. Return to the 36 Chambers definitely deserves a double play.
SS: Method Man – Tical. Meth burst out of the 36 Chambers and quickly established himself as a successful solo artist with the album Tical. Lyrics both gritty and witty M-E-T-H-O-D Man shows he can fill out an entire album on his own. Great use of samples and guest vocalists including Mary J. Blige on the “All I Need” remix better known as “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By”. Here’s to hoping he tops Tical one day, cause that would be the birth of a superstar. Tical is easily worth its weight in gold.
3B: Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…. The mood music of “Rainy Dayz” to the hypnotic “Ice Cream” Raekwon and his teammate from across the diamond Ghostface Killah drop knowledge over Wu beats for 18 tracks without an error. Oh ya, the previously mentioned “Ice Cream” also features Meth, just another example of how this whole Wu thing works so well. From “Verbal Intercourse”:
Through the lights, cameras and action
Glamor, glitters and gold
I unfold the scroll
Plant seeds to stampede the globe
LF: Wu-Tang Clan – The W. A lot of grass to cover in the outfield so its going to take the entire crew to play all three positions starting with this album in left field. In baseball its all about getting the W. Your music collection should be no different and should include this album just for “Gravel Pit” alone.
CF: Wu-Tang Clan – Wu-Tang Forever. Good thing there is no clock in baseball so we can throw a double disc album from the Wu in center to cover all that ground. Disc 1 is good, Disc 2 is even better. “Bells of War” may be the best Wu song since their debut album and its immediately followed by the storytelling of “The M.G.M”.
RF: Wu-Tang Clan – 8 Diagrams. This 2007 album is the most recent album with the entire clan. Solid from start to finish 14 years after Enter the Wu-Tang this team is still together and still releasing material at a higher level than most. “Get Them Out Ya Way Pa” and “Wolves” really show how far the Wu have come but at the same time could have appeared on 36 Chambers. How did they do that?
Ladies and gentleman your starting lineup for team Wu-Tang. And don’t forget there are plenty more albums on the bench and in the bullpen leaving this team one to be reckoned with, well forever. Those not familiar with the Wu you can get acquainted with some free samples, all nine albums are available to listen to on the Amazon.com widget above.