The RZA Hits
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|The RZA Hits|
|Compilation album by|
|Released||June 22, 1999|
|Label||Razor Sharp/Epic/SME Records|
EK 69610 (North America)
|Producer||RZA, True Master, Ol' Dirty Bastard|
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.
- Entertainment Weekly (Spring 2000, p. 166) - Ranked #9 in EW's "Top 10 albums of the '90s"
- 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
|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|
- "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 Gettin' a Little Too Smart" by The 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
|Billboard 200||Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums|
|1999||The RZA Hits||#61||#30|
- Inspectah Deck – vocals, lyrics
- Ghostface Killah – executive producer, vocals, lyrics
- GZA/Genius – vocals, lyrics
- Masta Killa – vocals, lyrics
- Method Man – vocals, producer, lyrics
- Ol' Dirty Bastard – vocals, producer, lyrics
- RZA/Prince Rakeem – arranger, executive producer, mixing, producer, programming, vocals, lyrics
- Raekwon – vocals, lyrics
- U-God – vocals, lyrics