Although to some it may seem like it’s only been a handful of years since Wu-Tang’s 1993 album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) was released the album is now nearing its 20th anniversary. Despite having been released nearly two decades ago Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) remains one of Hip Hop’s most praised albums.

NBC New York recently caught up with both Raekwon and Masta Killa to speak on the significance of Wu-Tang’s iconic debut album.

“I think that album has been so much defined as a great album because of the experience we all went through at that time of making it, you know. Like I said you dealing with eight legends that was legends even in the street as far as the way that they lived, the way that they had they respect in the neighborhood, and of course they craft on being writers and emcee’s,” Raekwon explained. “So when we made that album we broke the mold. We came, we brung a new sound to the table. We inspired so many different people to change they lives in a great way to be self-preserved as a man or as a woman out in this big world. We just showed everybody that dreams can come true. They can start from the bottom up. And that album was just the beginning of greatness.”

Masta Killa echoed Raekwon’s sentiment in regards to the importance of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by adding that their debut album played a major role in bringing the energy back to Hip Hop at that particular time.

“I think that album is a classic. I think that album right there put a mark in Hip Hop that was missing. It’s always about filling a void,” said Masta Killa. “Whenever you can fill the void it’s gonna be special. Well, Hip Hop it needed a kick start and I think we was a part of that kick start. That kind of brung the energy back up. Because I know for me, for a minute, in Hip Hop I had stopped listening to it. I went reggae because it still had that vintage vibe of rawness. Until my brothers came and we brung back that vintage raw vibe that came from the streets.”

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