The Wu-Tang Clan album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) has been archived at the United States Library of Congress.
The disc joins A Tribe Called Quest’s Low End Theory and Alicia Keys’ Songs in A Minor in entering the National Recording Registry this week.
“The Wu-Tang Clan’s 1993 album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) would shape the sound of hardcore rap and reaffirm the creative capacity of the East Coast rap scene,” a spokesperson commented. . “The group’s individual artists would go on to produce affiliate projects that deepened the group’s decades-long influence in hip-hop.”
Other full music projects added include Ellington in Newport (Duke Ellington), We Insist! Freedom Now Suite by Max Roach (Max Roach), Tonight’s the Night (The Shirelles), In C (Terry Riley), Nick of Time (Bonnie Raitt) and Buena Vista Social Club (produced by Ry Cooder).
Individual songs joining the archive include Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, The Four Tops’ Reach Out I’ll Be There, Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ and Ricky Martin’s Livin’ la Vida Loca.
Reflecting on the honor, Alicia noted that it remains how the A minor songs from 2001 continue to resonate with fans.
“I just think it was so pure…People had never really seen a woman in the Timberlands and the cornrows and really 100% on the streets of New York playing classical music and mixing it with soul and R&B… And people could relate to it. And I love that,” she smiles.