The Last Shall Be First (Sunz of Man album)

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The Last Shall Be First
Studio album by Sunz Of Man
Released June 30, 1998
Recorded 1996-1998
Genre East coast hip hop, Conscious hip hop
Length 72:42
Label Red Ant/BMG Records
63291-12305
Producer 4th Disciple, True Master, RZA, Su-Preme, Wyclef Jean
Sunz Of Man chronology
The Last Shall Be First
(1998)
The First Testament
(1999)
Singles from The Last Shall Be First
  1. "Natural High"
    Released: 1997
  2. "Shining Star"/"Cold"
    Released: 1998
  3. "The Plan"/"Collaboration '98"
    Released: November 10, 1998
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The Last Shall Be First is the debut album by Sunz of Man, one of the most heralded early releases by Wu-Tang affiliates. Unlike the follow-up, Saviorz Day, The Last Shall Be First features all four members of the group, although Killah Priest only appears on five of the album's songs because he was recording his solo debut Heavy Mental at the same time.

Production on the album was handled by the Wu-Elements (The RZA, True Master and 4th Disciple) with additional contributions coming from Supreme Kourt and Wyclef Jean. The album itself is becoming very rare because Red Ant ceased operations, and it sold 350,000 units. Some pressings of the disc are black with the sun logo faintly visible and others are orange with the text and the sun logo clearly visible on the disc.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length Producers Performers Notes
1 "Intro" 1:07 4th Disciple
2 "Cold" 3:49 4th Disciple Hell Razah
Prodigal Sunn
  • Contains a sample from "Coming Back To U" as performed by Maxine Brown
3 "Natural High" 4:15 RZA Killah Priest
Hell Razah
Prodigal Sunn
Trebag
4 "Flaming Swords" 5:18 True Master 60 Second Assassin
Killah Priest
Prodigal Sunn
Hell Razah
5 "Illusions" 5:25 4th Disciple 60 Second Assassin
Hell Razah
Prodigal Sunn
Masta Killa
  • Contains a sample from "High Tide Or Low Tide" as performed by Bob Marley
  • Contains a sample from "Giving Up" as performed by Donny Hathaway
6 "Shining Star" 4:21 Wyclef Jean Prodigal Sunn
Hell Razah
60 Second Assassin
Ol' Dirty Bastard
7 "Israeli News" 4:13 Su-Preme Killah Priest
Hell Razah
Trebag
  • Contains a sample from "Soft And Easy" as performed by The Blackbyrds
8 "Tribulations" 4:25 RZA Prodigal Sunn
60 Second Assassin
Killah Priest
Hell Razah
  • Contains a sample from "Chocolate Girl" as performed by The Whispers
9 "The Interview" 1:05 4th Disciple Hell Razah
60 Second Assassin
Prodigal Sunn
10 "The Plan" 5:09 4th Disciple Hell Razah
Prodigal Sunn
Killah Priest
60 Second Assassin
11 "Collaboration '98" 5:11 True Master Hell Razah
Prodigal Sunn
True Master
Method Man
12 "Inmates To The Fire" 3:41 RZA Prodigal Sunn
Hell Razah
60 Second Assassin
Dreddy Kruger
13 "Not Promised Tomorrow" 4:11 4th Disciple Hell Razah
60 Second Assassin
Prodigal Sunn
Tekitha
14 "For The Lust of Money/The Grandz" 5:54 True Master Prodigal Sunn
60 Second Assassin
Hell Razah
15 "Can I See You?" 3:27 RZA Prodigal Sunn
Hell Razah
Beretta 9
16 "The Battle" 1:08 60 Second Assassin
Prodigal Sunn
17 "Next Up" 3:57 True Master 60 Second Assassin
Prodigal Sunn
Hell Razah
Method Man
18 "Intellectuals" 4:55 True Master 60 Second Assassin
Hell Razah
Raekwon
U-God
19 "Five Arch Angels" 1:11 4th Disciple 60 Second Assassin
Shabazz the Disciple
Hell Razah
Prodigal Sunn
Killah Priest