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Today In Hip-Hop: Wu-Tang Clan Releases ‘Wu-Tang Forever’

On this day, June 3, in hip-hop history…

1997: Four years after dropping its debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang Clan releases Wu-Tang Forever, a 27-track, double-disc effort that remains the NY-based hip-hop collective’s best-selling body of work. Highlights include the lead single “Triumph,” C.R.E.A.M. follow-up “Cash Still Rules/Scary Hours,” and “It’s Yourz” (later sampled on Drake’s Nothing Was The Same). For two hours straight, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface, ODB, GZA, U-God, and the rest of the clan spit haunting street tales over gritty production from RZA.

Wu-Tang Forever was (and still is) incredibly successful. The album went 4x platinum, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album in 1998, and has sold over 2 million copies in the United States alone. Coming after a string of solid solo albums from various members of the collective, Wu-Tang Forever cemented Wu-Tang Clan’s place amongst the greatest groups in hip-hop. The Wu would go on to release three more studio albums following the Forever project, and its next album, A BetterTomorrow, is expected to drop sometime in 2014.—Eli Schwadron

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