|Single by Wu-Tang Clan|
|from the album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)|
|Released||January 31, 1994|
|Format||12" single, CD5"|
Firehouse Studio in New York City
|Genre||East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop|
|Wu-Tang Clan singles chronology|
|Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) track listing|
"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". "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.
- Intro: Raekwon and Method Man
- First verse: Raekwon
- Chorus: Method Man
- Second verse: Inspectah Deck
- Chorus: Method Man
In popular culture
The song is featured in the Narcos Season 3 episode "Follow the Money".
- "C.R.E.A.M." (radio edit) – 4:04
- "C.R.E.A.M." (album version) – 4:03
- "C.R.E.A.M." (a cappella) – 2:37
- "C.R.E.A.M." (instrumental) – 3:38
- "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'" (radio edit) – 4:40
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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