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"Gravel Pit"
Single by Wu Tang Clan
from the album The W
Released 2001
Format CD single
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:51
Label Sony
Producer RZA
Wu Tang Clan singles chronology
"Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)"
(2000)
"Gravel Pit"
(2001)
"Careful (Click, Click)"
(2001)

"Gravel Pit" is a single released by the Wu-Tang Clan for their album The W. It was not as popular in the U.S. as other Wu-Tang Clan singles like "C.R.E.A.M." and "Uzi (Pinky Ring)". It did however, receive major radio play, and topped the music video show 106 and Park for two weeks straight. It is also their only Top 40 hit in the UK, peaking in the top ten at number six.

The chorus of the song: "Back, back and forth and forth..." is taken from the funk group Cameo's song "Back And Forth". The hook of the song: "Check out my gravel pit..." is sung by Paulissa Morgan. According to The Wu-Tang Manual the beat for the track was sampled from Antoine Duhamel's soundtrack to a French TV miniseries entitled Belphegor.

Music video

The music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, features the Wu-Tang Clan arguing in their time machine, and in argument accidentally sending themselves back to "2,000,000 BC", which bears strong resemblance to the representation of the Stone Age in The Flinstones. The "gravel pit" is a large, fancy pit made from stone and bones. The "pit," apparently a casino, contains a fountain, stone age cars, dancing women - including the actress Tamala Jones, credited as "Crystal Diamonds" - and large dinosaurs. It appears to be ruled by the Wu-Tang Clan (with the exception of Ol' Dirty Bastard, who was incarcerated at the time), who now have "stone age" personas and clothing. At the end of the video "Bo Rockhard" (Bokeem Woodbine), a Wu-Tang ninja, fights off a ward of ninjas attacking the pit. The track's opening sound byte (as well as many found on the album) comes from the movie Short Eyes.

Samples

The song uses two samples. The trumpet introduction comes from "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" by James Brown, while the sample running along the whole song is taken from the French TV miniseries Belphegor's main titles. It also took samples from the movie Enter the Dragon.

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