The Last Shall Be First (Sunz of Man album)

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The Last Shall Be First
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Studio album by Sunz Of Man
Released July 21, 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 (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 list[edit]

# Title Producer Sample Time
1 "Intro" 4th Disciple
  • Sun - "Introduction: You Are My Sunshine"
1:07
2 "Cold" 4th Disciple 3:49
3 "Natural High" (feat. Traybag) Supreme 4:18
4 "Flaming Swords" True Master 5:15
5 "Illusions" (feat. Masta Killa) 4th Disciple 5:26
6 "Shining Star" (feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard & Earth, Wind & Fire) Wyclef Jean 4:21
7 "Israeli News" (feat. Traybag) Supreme 4:12
8 "Tribulations" RZA 4:24
9 "The Interview" (skit)
  • Sunz of Man - "Bloody Choices"
1:05
10 "The Plan" 4th Disciple 5:13
11 "Collaboration '98" (feat. Method Man & True Master) True Master 5:08
12 "Inmates to the Fire" (feat. Dreddy Kruger) RZA 3:40
13 "Not Promised Tomorrow" (feat. Tekitha) 4th Disciple 4:11
14 "For The Lust Of Money/The Grandz" (feat. Lashaunda) True Master 5:58
15 "Can I See You" (feat. Beretta 9) RZA 3:27
16 "The Battle" (skit)
  • Sunz of Man - "Inmates To The Fire"
1:11
17 "Next Up" (feat. Method Man) True Master 3:44
18 "Intellectuals" (feat. Raekwon & U-God) True Master 5:09
19 "Five Arch Angels" 4th Disciple
  • Marvin Gaye - "Mercy, Mercy Me"
  • Sunz of Man - "Five Arch Angels (Original version)"
1:12