A little over a week ago, the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) did a segment called ‘Mixing & Mastering’ which gives you a closer look at the last stages of recording a project. They’ve covered a number of artists, one of them in particular, is the Wu-Tang Clan and their debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). RBMA’s Phillip Mlynar has caught up with the engineers behind the project and gave their take on how it all came together.
The 36 Chambers album was put together at a studio called the Firehouse in Brooklyn, which was owned by Yoram Vazan. It was called the Firehouse because it was stationed in an old fire station on Dean Street before moving to Manhattan. It was the home of many hiphop legends like MC Lyte, Guru, Das-EFX, and even the cousins RZA and GZA (who were going by Prince Rakeem & The Genuis) who cut their solo demos there to eventually get signed to Tommy Boy & Cold Chillin’ Records.
Unfortunately the labels dropped them, which on the flip side helped them form the Wu.
“We’re gonna show everyone they were wrong,” Vazan recalls RZA telling him. “You’re gonna hear the new style now: this isn’t Rakeem, it’s RZA, the RZArector!”
READ: Engineering The Wu-Tang Clan.