Can It Be All So Simple

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"Can It Be All So Simple"
Single by Wu-Tang Clan
from the album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) & Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
Released February 22, 1994
Format 12" single, CD single
Recorded 1993
Firehouse Studio in New York City
Genre East coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop
Length 6:52
Label Loud Records
Writer(s) Wu-Tang Clan
Producer(s) Prince Rakeem
Wu-Tang Clan singles chronology
"C.R.E.A.M."
(1994)
"Can It Be All So Simple"
(1994)
"Triumph"
(1997)
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) track listing
"Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber"
(4)
"Can It Be All So Simple"
(5)
"Da Mystery of Chessboxin'"
(6)

"Can It Be All So Simple" is the fourth and final single on Wu-Tang Clan's critically acclaimed debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). It features production from RZA (credited as Prince Rakeem) that samples Gladys Knight & the Pips' cover of "The Way We Were". The song reached number nine on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, number twenty four on the Hot Rap Tracks chart and number eighty two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

"Can It Be All So Simple" features rapping from Ghostface Killah and Raekwon. Its lyrics deal with a glorified mafioso lifestyle. In the song, Raekwon and Ghostface discuss the hardships of growing up in New York City during the 80s, and how they want to live a lavish and famous lifestyle to escape the hardships of life. The music video was directed by Hype Williams,[citation needed] with images similar to the song's content and a cameo by MC Eiht.

A remix, with new lyrics can be found on Raekwon's debut album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.... Lauryn Hill's "Ex-Factor" uses the break beat from "Can It Be All So Simple".

Screenshot from music video

Song order[edit]

Original[edit]

Remix[edit]

  • Intro: Raekwon and Ghostface Killah
  • First verse: Ghostface Killah
    • Chorus: Raekwon and Ghostface Killah
  • Second verse: Raekwon
  • Outro: Raekwon and Ghostface Killah

Single track listing[edit]

A-side[edit]

  1. "Can It Be All Be So Simple" (Radio Edit) (4:19)
  2. "Can It Be All So Simple" (Album Version) (4:43)
  3. "Can It Be All So Simple" (Instrumental) (5:03)

B-side[edit]

  1. "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta F' Wit" (Radio Edit) (3:36)
  2. "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta F' Wit" (Album Version) (3:36)
  3. "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta F' Wit" (Instrumental) (3:31)