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The W
Studio album by Wu-Tang Clan
Released November 21, 2000
Recorded 2000
Genre Hip hop
Length 59:04
Label Loud/Columbia/SME Records
CK 62193
Producer RZA
Mathematics
Professional reviews
Wu-Tang Clan chronology
Wu-Tang Forever
(1997)
The W
(2000)
Iron Flag
(2001)
Wu-Tang Clan solo chronology
Ghostface Killah:
Supreme Clientele
(2000)
The W
(2000)
RZA:
Digital Bullet
(2001)

The W is the third studio album by the American hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan, released on November 21, 2000. Singles from this album included "Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)", "Gravel Pit", "I Can't Go To Sleep", and the banned from TV "Careful (Click, Click)". The album was certified Platinum in the U.S., and gold in Canada.

Contents

Reception

The online music magazine Pitchfork Media placed The W at number 162 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[1]

Track listing

All songs produced by the RZA unless otherwise stated.

# Title Time Performer(s) Sample(s)
1 "Intro (Shaolin Finger Jab) / Chamber Music" 4:26
2 "Careful (Click, Click)" 4:56
  • First verse: RZA
  • Interlude: U-God
  • Second verse: Masta Killa
  • Third verse: Cappadonna
  • Fourth verse: Ghostface Killah
  • Fifth verse: U-God
  • Sixth verse: Inspectah Deck
  • Outro: Cappadonna, Ghostface Killah, & U-God
  • Post-song dialogue: Raekwon
3 "Hollow Bones" 3:37
  • First verse: Raekwon
  • Second verse: Inspectah Deck
  • Third verse: Ghostface Killah
4 "Redbull" 3:53
  • First verse: Redman
  • Second verse: Method Man
  • Third verse: Inspectah Deck
  • Additional vocals: Ghostface Killah & Raekwon
5 "One Blood Under W" 4:11
  • First & second verses: Masta Killa
  • Chorus: Junior Reid
6 "Conditioner" 5:32
7 "Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)" 3:58
  • First verse: Inspectah Deck
  • Second verse: Raekwon
  • Third verse: Method Man
  • Fourth verse: Masta Killa
  • Fifth verse: RZA
  • Sixth verse: Ghostface Killah
  • Seventh verse: U-God
  • Eighth verse: Cappadonna
  • Ninth verse: GZA
8 "Let My Niggas Live" 4:29
  • First verse & chorus: Raekwon
  • Second verse: Nas
  • Third verse: Inspectah Deck
9 "I Can't Go to Sleep" 3:35
  • First verse: Ghostface Killah
  • Second verse: RZA
  • Chorus: Isaac Hayes
10 "Do You Really? (Thang, Thang)" 5:22
  • Intro: DJ Kayslay
  • Chorus: Method Man
  • First verse: Streetlife
  • Second verse: Method Man
  • Third verse: Masta Killa
  • Fourth verse: Inspectah Deck
  • Producer: Mathematics
11 "The Monument" 2:38
  • First verse: Busta Rhymes
  • Second verse: Raekwon
  • Third verse: GZA
12 "Gravel Pit" 4:51
  • Intro: RZA
  • First verse: Method Man
  • Second verse: Ghostface Killah
  • Bridge: Raekwon
  • Third verse: U-God
  • Chorus: Madame Majestic
  • "Back & Forth" by Cameo (Interpolation)
13 "Jah World" 3:51
  • First verse: Ghostface Killah
  • Second verse: RZA
  • Chorus: Junior Reid
14 "Clap" (hidden bonus track)
  • First verse: Raekwon
  • Second verse: Ghostface Killah
  • Third verse: Method Man
  • Chorus: Ghostface Killah & U-God
  • Producer: Mathematics

Album singles

Single information
"Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)"
  • Released: October 17, 2000
  • B-side:
"Gravel Pit"
  • Released: December 5, 2000
  • B-side: "Careful (Click, Click)"
"Careful (Click, Click)"
  • Released: July 17, 2001
  • B-side: "I Can't Go To Sleep"

Personnel

  • David Bett – Package Design
  • Busta Rhymes – Performer
  • Cappadonna – Vocals
  • Dennis Coles – Executive Producer
  • James Cruz – Mastering
  • Robert Diggs – Executive Producer
  • Dylan Dresdow – Tracking Engineer, Mixing Engineer
  • Ghostface Killah – Vocals
  • Oli Grant – Executive Producer
  • GZA – Vocals
  • Liz Hausle – Product Manager
  • Isaac Hayes – Performer
  • Michael Lavine – Photography
  • Method Man – Vocals
  • Monica Morrow – Stylist
  • Ol' Dirty Bastard – Vocals
  • Raekwon – Vocals
  • Junior Reid – Performer
  • Jose "Choco" Reynoso – Engineer
  • RZA – Vocals, Producer, Performer
  • Snoop Dogg – Performer
  • Streetlife - Performer

Album chart positions

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Top Canadian Albums
2000 The W #5 #1 #9

Singles chart positions

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Rhythmic Top 40
2000 "Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)" - #52 #9 -
2001 "Gravel Pit" - #70 #20 #34

Notes

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