"C.R.E.A.M." by Wu-Tang Clan (VIDEO)

Watch the video for "C.R.E.A.M." by Wu-Tang Clan, No. 11 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.

11. Wu-Tang Clan, "C.R.E.A.M." (1993)

More than a hot cut from a landmark debut album, this track—the title of which stands for "cash rules everything around me," chanted by Method Man in each chorus—helped to forge the Shaolin mythos at the heart of the Wu-Tang empire. Verses spat in turn by Raekwon and Inspectah Deck paint a gritty portrait of urban survival over an eerie piano-and-organ backdrop that circles endlessly and aimlessly.

C.R.E.A.M. - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)


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