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    Default Bruce Springsteen vs. Wu-Tang

    From Springsteen to the Wu-Tang Clan

    Taking It From the Streets

    By LORENZO WOLFF
    It sounds like the beginning of a joke. "What do Bruce Springsteen and The Wu-Tang Clan have in common?" At first glance, ripped blue jeans don't look much like Du-Rags and it's certainly hard to confuse black and white, but when I hear The River next to 36 Chambers I can't help but think that they have more similarities than differences.

    Lets get real historical for a second. Springsteen has always been very straight-forward about who influenced his music. 50's Rock and Roll, 60's Soul and Phil Spector Girl Groups all helped inform his sound, and The River is a thrilling tribute to these styles. Listen to "Sherry Darling" and you'll hear a very deliberate nod to Gary U.S. Bonds and the style of music he created. 36 Chambers doesn't hide it's influences either. Listen to the samples that RZA used and you can hear what they were listening to, Syl Johnson on "Shame on a Nigga", Gladys Night on "Can It All Be So Simple", and the Charmels on "C.R.E.A.M.". Girl Groups and 60's Soul. These aren't just coincidences, Springsteen and RZA admire many of the same artists, and model their respective sounds after them.

    They also share the same audience. They both wrote music for the poor and disenfranchised in their neighborhood. Springsteen's songs were originally for the working class kids in southern New Jersey, a historically downtrodden part of America, and Wu Tang's songs were a shout-out to the poor ghetto kids in Staten Island, a historically downtrodden part of New York City. The uniforms are different and the era is different, but if you look closely the only thing that separates the two audiences is the color of their skin.

    Most importantly Springsteen and Wu-Tang are talking about the same thing. Both The River and 36 Chambers are records about the culture that surrounds the lower classes. Songs like the title track of The River or Wu Tang's "Can It Be All So Simple" capture the sadness in the world that these artists come from. They're both frightening records, because they truthfully convey the desperation that comes with these lifestyles, but they're also joyous. Braggadocio is present in both albums, listen to Springsteen's "Out In The Street" next to "Ain't Nothin' Ta Fuck Wit". They're songs about being strong and proud from the perspective of a person from the streets.

    So if it's a joke, it's got to have a punchline right? You have to know why the chicken crossed the road, or why the Rabbi and the Priest are in a bar together. I guess the payoff for this one, is: "Everything".

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    wtf Man every single rapper in the 90´s talked about his hood and how he grew up. and also, all those samples are being used by a LOT of other artists

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    Thats good write up though,the guy took his time out to articulate his opinion,and makes a fair point

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    nonsense.
    We do it for the people.


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    Quote Originally Posted by food for thought View Post
    nonsense.
    Au contraire.

    Two best American artists I know, RZA and Bruce.
    Comme les anges à l'œil fauve
    Je reviendrai dans ton alcôve
    Et vers toi glisserai sans bruit
    Comme les ombres de la nuit.

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    ive been saying this for years now




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    why does everyone from jersey blow bruce springsteen?

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    ^^ Really, that's indeed an enygma.

    Otherwise, article is... whatever.
    "The Devil is not the Prince of Matter; the Devil is the arrogance of the spirit, faith without smile, truth that is never seized by doubt. The Devil is grim because he knows where he is going, and, in moving, he always returns whence he came."

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    makes valid points. good article. wished there was more intellectual level analysis of wu tang to read.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SMH View Post
    wtf Man every single rapper in the 90´s talked about his hood and how he grew up. and also, all those samples are being used by a LOT of other artists
    true

    Quote Originally Posted by Rawticus View Post
    Thats good write up though,the guy took his time out to articulate his opinion,and makes a fair point
    also true

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