The RZA Hits

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The RZA Hits
Compilation album by RZA
Released June 22, 1999
Recorded 1993-1998
Genre Hip Hop
Length 61:22
Label Razor Sharp/Epic/SME Records
EK 69610 (North America)
492542 (international)
Producer RZA, True Master, Ol' Dirty Bastard
RZA chronology
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (soundtrack)
(1999)
The RZA Hits
(1999)
Digital Bullet
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau A–[1]

The RZA Hits is a compilation produced by The RZA. It contains songs featured on the first Wu-Tang Clan album and its first round of solo albums. All songs, apart from "Brooklyn Zoo", are produced by RZA.

Reception[edit]

  • Q magazine (8/99, p. 134) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...a supremely populist selection...keeping the molten hit count high. If the consistency of these prime-time cuts was sustained, this would probably be the best rap compilation ever rather than merely one of the best."
  • Muzik (8/99, p. 79) - 5 stars (out of 5) - "...singular brilliance....Greatest Hits is as effective an insight into [RZA's] unique Staten Island mayhem as the title suggests."
  • Rap Pages (9/99, p. 182) - "...the perfect reference manual for [RZA's] importance to rap music....a must-listen for anyone who has ever uttered the word 'Hip-Hop'." - Rating: A

Track listing[edit]

# Title Songwriters Producer Performer Original Album Length
1 "Narration By The RZA" RZA RZA 1:03
2 "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta F' Wit" L. Hawkins, R. Jones, J. Hunter, D. Coles, R. Diggs Jr., C. Woods, G. Grice, C. Smith RZA Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) 3:36
3 "Protect Ya Neck" L. Hawkins, R. Jones, J. Hunter, D. Coles, R. Diggs Jr., C. Woods, G. Grice, C. Smith RZA Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) 4:52
4 "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" R. Jones, R. Diggs RZA Ol' Dirty Bastard Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version 2:41
5 "Liquid Swords" G. Grice, R. Diggs, J. Zawinul, F. Cavaliere, E. Brigati RZA GZA Liquid Swords 3:01
6 "Narration By The RZA" RZA RZA 1:20
7 "Method Man" L. Hawkins, R. Jones, J. Hunter, D. Coles, R. Diggs Jr., C. Woods, G. Grice, C. Smith RZA Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) 4:55
8 "Incarcerated Scarfaces" C. Woods, R. Diggs RZA Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... 4:30
9 "Ice Cream" C. Woods, R. Diggs RZA Cappadonna, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... 4:16
10 "Narration By The RZA" RZA RZA 1:31
11 "Bring The Pain" C. Smith, R. Diggs RZA Method Man Tical 3:15
12 "Winter Warz" D. Coles, L. Hawkins, C. Woods, E. Turner, D. Hill, R. Diggs Jr. RZA Cappadonna, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, Raekwon, U-God Ironman 4:41
13 "Brooklyn Zoo" R. Jones True Master & Ol' Dirty Bastard Ol' Dirty Bastard Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version 3:40
14 "All I Need" C. Smith, R. Diggs RZA Method Man Tical 3:16
15 "C.R.E.A.M." L. Hawkins, R. Jones, J. Hunter, D. Coles, R. Diggs Jr., C. Woods, G. Grice, C. Smith, I. Hayes, D. Porter RZA Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) 4:12
16 "All That I Got Is You" D. Coles, M.J. Blige, R. Diggs Jr., B. Gordy, D. Richards, A. Mizell, F. Perren RZA Ghostface Killah, Mary J. Blige, Popa Wu Ironman 5:00
17 "Narration By The RZA About Wu Wear" RZA RZA 1:40
18 "Wu Wear The Garment Renaissance" R. Diggs RZA Cappadonna, Method Man, RZA High School High (soundtrack) 3:53

Samples used[edit]

  • "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit" contains samples of "Impeach The President" by The Honey Drippers and "Hihache" by Lafayette Afro Rock Band.
  • "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" contains samples of "Hip-Hug-Her" by Booker T. & the MG's, "I Like It" by The Emotions, "Knocks Me Off My Feet" by Stevie Wonder and "Have Your Ass Home by 11:00" by Richard Pryor.
  • "Liquid Swords" contains samples of "Groovin'" and "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" by Willie Mitchell and "That's the Way It Is" by Al Green.
  • "Method Man" contains samples of "Sport" by Lightnin Rod, "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss and "More Bounce To The Ounce" by Zapp. Also contains interpolations of "I'm Just A Bill," originally performed by Schoolhouse Rock, and "Method of Modern Love", originally performed by Hall & Oates.
  • "Incarcerated Scarfaces" contains samples of "Wang Dang Doodle" by Koko Taylor and "You're Getting A Little Too Smart" by Detroit Emeralds.
  • "Bring the Pain" contains a sample of "Mechanical Man" by Jerry Butler.
  • "Winter Warz" contains a sample of "I Think I'd Do It" by Z. Z. Hill.
  • "All I Need" contains a sample of "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss, and an interpolation of "You're All I Need To Get By," originally performed by Marvin Gaye.
  • "C.R.E.A.M." contains a sample of "As Long As I've Got You" by The Charmells.
  • "All That I Got Is You" contains a sample of "Maybe Tomorrow" by The Jackson 5.
  • "Wu Wear The Garment Renaissance" contains a sample of "Don't Take My Kindness for Weakness" by The Soul Children.

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1999 The RZA Hits #61 #30

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 27, 1999). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved January 16, 2014.