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Single by Wu-Tang Clan
from the album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Released January 31, 1994
Format 12" single, CD5"
Recorded July 1993
Firehouse Studio in New York City
Genre East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop
Length 4:12
Label Loud Records
Writer(s) Robert Diggs
Jason Hunter
Clifford Smith
Corey Woods
David Porter[1]
Isaac Hayes[1]
Producer(s) RZA
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Wu-Tang Clan singles chronology
"Protect Ya Neck"
"Can It Be All So Simple"
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) track listing
"Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta F' Wit"
"Method Man"

"C.R.E.A.M." ("Cash Rules Everything Around Me") is a song by the New York hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan, from their 1993 studio album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The song was produced by Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA, and samples The Charmels' 1967 song, "As Long As I've Got You".[2] "C.R.E.A.M." was released as a single through Loud in early 1994.


"C.R.E.A.M." features a verse from Raekwon, a long verse from Inspectah Deck and the hook performed by Method Man: Cash rules everything around me, C.R.E.A.M./Get the money; dollar, dollar bill, y'all.

The hook performed by Method Man has been sampled by many rappers. The phrase "Cream" has become a slang term for money. C.R.E.A.M. is one of the highest charting Wu-Tang Clan singles, reaching #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The music video for "C.R.E.A.M." features the members of the Wu-Tang Clan starting off at the projects in Staten Island and moving on to a more lavish lifestyle of champagne and Mercedes. The video for this single also features classic early '90s urban New York styles of dress, as the majority of the people in the video are wearing goose-downs, Champion hoodies, black skullies, and either wheat or black Timberlands.

On January 29, 2009, "C.R.E.A.M." was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 units, 15 years after it was first released.

It is featured on The RZA Hits compilation.


Several artists including The Notorious B.I.G., Big K.R.I.T., Willy Northpole, Wyclef Jean, 2Pac, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, 50 Cent, Lil' Wayne, Akon, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Game, Transplants, Marcelo D2, Pat the Bunny, Nas, Swizz Beatz, Rakim, Jin, Mobb Deep, M-Flo, Young Jeezy, Common, Deez Nuts, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Das Racist, Zombie Juice, Freeway, Beenzino and Loco among others have mentioned it in their songs.

The song is in Eminem's film 8 Mile and also in the More Songs from 8 Mile soundtrack.

The rap group UNI sampled C.R.E.A.M., as well as Lupe Fiasco's Kick, Push, for their track KREAM (Kicks Rule Everything Around Me).

The song is referenced in "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" by Wyclef Jean, Akon, Niia, and Lil Wayne. In the chorus Akon sings: "I'mma tell you, like Wu told me, cash rules everything around me, singing dolla dolla bill y'all". Raekwon, himself, made an appearance on the song's remix.

American rapper Cassidy repeats the title of the song in the chorus of his song featuring Eve and Bone Thugs N Harmony "Cash Rulez" on his third studio album B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story.

Mos Def repeats the line at the end of the song New World Water on his debut album, Black on Both Sides.

Shyne did a freestyle over C.R.E.A.M., called "Buffalo Soldier" for his mixtape "Gangland".

Lil Wayne did a song over C.R.E.A.M., called "Cream" for his mixtape Dedication 5.

The song was sampled two months after the single with the remix of "Anything" by SWV and themselves.

The song "Pound Cake / Paris Morton Music 2" by Drake contains a stuttering rendition of the song's hook.


Time included the song on its list of the All-TIME 100 Greatest Songs.[3]

It was voted #20 in About.com's Top 100 Rap Songs.[4]

Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #11 on its list of "The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time."[5]

The "C.R.E.A.M." single made The Source Magazine's 100 Best Rap Singles list.[1]

The song was voted #13 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.[6]

Song order[edit]


The verse by Inspectah Deck encapsulates his entire life growing up in the ghetto so far. Topics covered include growing up without a father, resorting to drug dealing and being arrested. After being arrested, Deck has a new and profound view on society, as he believes society is "no different from a cell." Towards the end of the verse, Deck talks about how going to prison has matured him, and after reaching out to his grandmother or mother ("The Old Earth") for advice, he tries to encourage the "young black youth" to stop affiliating themselves with the street life. As he in turn feels ignored he sums up "Neglected for now, but yo, it gots to be accepted / That what? That life is hectic".

Single track listing[edit]


  1. "C.R.E.A.M." (Radio Edit) (4:04)
  2. "C.R.E.A.M." (Album Version) (4:03)
  3. "C.R.E.A.M." (A Cappella) (2:37)
  4. "C.R.E.A.M." (Instrumental) (3:38)


  1. "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'" (Radio Edit) (4:40)