In the world of Hip Hop, greatest hits albums usually end up striking out. While some have succeeded (Gangstarr, Run DMC & Krs-One), most have failed due to record company politics (Ghostface, Cam'ron & Ice Cube). The legendary Wu-Tang Clan is the latest group to try a greatest hits album, and thankfully, the group finds the middle ground between the two extremes mentioned above.
Unlike most greatest hits, "Legend Of The Wu-Tang: Wu Tang Clan's Greatest Hits" is not a poor attempt by a record label to rip consumers off. Both BMG Records and the Wu have come together to release "Legend Of The Wu-Tang", making for a solid pick up that should satisfy casual Wu heads.
The bulk of the album comes from the Wu's classic debut "36 Chambers". Timeless masterpieces such as "C.R.E.A.M.", "Method Man", "Protect Ya Neck", "Ain't Nothing To Fuck Wit", "Can It Be All So Simple", "Shame On A Nigga" and "Da Mystery Of Chessboxin" are all included, making the album worth the price of admission alone. Other classic singles from the Wu are also included, such as "Triumph", "The Jump Off", "Uzi" and "It's Yourz". However, the remain cuts hold "The Legend Of The Wu-Tang" back from truly being one of the best greatest hits compilations to be released.
While "Gravel Pit" was the group's second single off of "The W", I doubt any Wu fan would include it as one of the groups sixteen best tracks. The same can also be said for the head scratching additions of "Sucker MC's" (In Tha Beginning There Was Rap", "Diesel" (Soul In The Hole Soundtrack) and "Shaolin Worldwide" (Next Friday). For die-hard Wu fans, the additions of the aforementioned tracks will leave many with a sour face, as such standout cuts as "Impossible", "Hellz Wind Staff" or "Rules" would have all been welcomed replacements.
"Legend Of The Wu-Tang: Wu Tang Clan's Greatest Hits" is a compilation that works for the most part, but in the end fails to highlight the Wu's entire historic career. With half of the album dedicated to "36 Chambers", it is hard to front on the quality of music. But long time Wu fans know that a real greatest hits album should be nothing less than a perfect 10, and the questionable inclusions of songs from the "Wu Tang Forever" period and on keep this compilation from truly achieving greatness.