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Music Review: A Clan Called Wu Enter the Maurader

No political talk right now. Just the feelgoodness of Hip Hop music.
Raw I’ma give it to ya, with no trivia
Raw like cocaine straight from Bolivia
My hip-hop will rock and shock the nation
Like the Emancipation Proclamation……
Verse 1 first two bars
Wu Tang Clan
Da Mystery of Chessboxin’
Enter the 36 Chambers
November 9, 1993
I am a child of the Hip Hop generation. I love Hip Hop still to this day even as my children and step children call me an “old head”.
I grew up reading about Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X. But, I got to witness Public Enemy and KRS-ONE. I got to see Run DMC and Jam Master Jay change this world with two turntables and a microphone. I understand the pure power of Hip Hop.
Still to this day at 47 years old, Hip Hop runs through my veins like the Queens bound E train. Every so often the You Tube algorithm does something other than suppress conservative messages and second amendment gun videos. It understands that I like what I like and it introduces me to some new music.
Well, this morning while Mandy and I were cooking. (Truth is I was sous chef and Mandy was cooking), the You Tube algorithms brought me some heat. I was attracted to a blend mixtape by DJ Filthy Rich entitled “A Clan Called Wu Enter the Mauraders”.
For you non Hip Hop heads, this is a blend tape. It takes song lyrics from one group and blends it with instrumentals (also known as beats) from another group. In our time disc jockeys (or DJ’s) have taken R and B music and placed them over hip hop beats or vice versa creating a whole new song to vibe along to. Of late I have seen Biggie Smalls lyrics mixed with Frank Sinatra and DeLa Soul mixed with the Beatles. Some call this copyright infringement however, we in the sub culture know it is a sincere form of flattery and respect.
The name A Clan Called Wu is a play on words. One group is A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ, Tribe or Quest). The second group is Wu Tang Clan (The Wu or The Clan). Two very different groups. Both from what is called the golden age of Hip Hop.
According to Wikipedia A Tribe Called Quest is an American Hip Hop group from Queens, NY.  They are one of my all time favorite groups. Members Q-Tip, Phife Dog (R.I.P. Who passed away March 22, 2016 due to complications with diabetes at the age of 45), Jarobi White and DJ Ali Shaheed Mahammad. I started listening to Tribe in high school. Favorite Tribe songs to this day are Footprints and Lyrics to Go.
The Wu Tang Clan (also known as the Wu)  is a hardcore Hip Hop group from Staten Island, New York. They came out in 1993 which was the year before I graduated from Hampton University. I still remember how I felt when I got the cassette tape of the Wu from Sam Goody in Green Acres Mall, Valley Stream, Long Island.
The amount of members of the Wu made them memorable. 9 emcees who later all moved on to obtain solo record deals.
According to Wikipedia the Wu Tang Clan is an American Hip Hop Group from Staten Island, New York. The original group was composed of Rza, Gza, Ol’ Dirty Bastard (R.I.P. Who passed away November 13, 2004 of a drug overdose mixing cocaine and prescription drug tramadol at the age of 35)  , Method Man, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, and Masta Killah.
At any rate, DJ Filthy Rich brought in my opinion new life when he blended the rhymes from Wu Tang and the beats from A Tribe Called Quest. I danced around the house so excited listening to the first blend track. The Mystery of Chessboxin  (Wu Song) and Electric Relaxation (Tribe Song) to form the new blend track The Mystery of Electric Relaxation. Incredible!!!!!! I started immediately head noddin, and singing along to the beat.
My wife Mandy immediately interrupted, “Corey, I love you but why is it I have to be stuck in the 90’s with you?!”
I took my phone and went into the bathroom, getting ready for work just in an extremely happy mood, not even an angry wife could stop my musical enjoyment!
I called one of my boys from college Brian Kieth (Bronx, New York) who I forwarded the tape to via text message. Brian hit me back saying he had already heard it and even spoke to DJ Filthy Rich via email. Oh snap!!!!!! I returned to the You Tube link and found his direct email on the page. So, I reached out to Filthy Rich via email.

I hope my correspondence finds you in good health and spirits. My name is Corey Sage Fauconier. I am a child of Hip Hop from Cambria Heights, New York currently living  in Henrico County, Virginia.
I contribute to Virginia Right which is an independent conservative blog. I had the honor of hearing you mixtape A Clan Called Wu Enter the Mauraders.  Pure fiyah! Your mixes transported me 350 miles up the east coast and dropped me back at my childhood home in Cambria Heights, Queens. It made me feel wonderful it made me remember why I fell in love with the Wu Tang Clan in the first place and how important A Tribe Called Quest is. It made me remember why I still to this day love the subculture known as Hip Hop. And why all these years later……. I still listen to the songs of yester-year.
I would be honored to do a blog article about you and a review of this blend of two very timeless classics from the culture. Please feel free to contact me using the information below. Thank you for making my day. Keep spinnin den bangas son, word!
Yours in Liberty,

Corey M. Fauconier

I continued to listen to the mixtape and I started recording my thoughts for this contribution to paper. So happy after a full day, I still could not get past the first two tracks.
I received a prompt response from DJ Filthy Rich which read in part.
“Hi Corey, I’m glad my mix made your day!  I’ve received several similar compliments, so I’m happy to hear that something I did could have a positive effect on someone else.

Thank you for your interest.
Thanks for reaching out. I appreciate the fact that you want to cover my mix!  Feel free to review it if you choose.
On a side note, if you really like my mix, I’ve just released a deluxe version with bonus tracks that haven’t been released, nor will they be available to stream online anywhere.  Available only on the deluxe version, and strictly for my supporters.  If you’re interested in purchasing a copy in high-quality audio with the tracks numbered and labeled, just shoot me an email, and I’ll take care of ya! “
Speaking to my college friend Brian Keith, “the mixtape gives that 1990’s New York Hip Hop energy that attracted us all. Many of us die hard Hip Hop Heads are still chasing that high so to speak. He brings us back to the energy of 1993.
November 9, 1993 is when Tribe and the Wu both dropped albums. Tribe brought us their third album Midnight Mauraders while Wu released debut Enter the 36 Chambers.
So, it is 25 years this month that both Hip Hop classics dropped. Thank you DO Filthy Rich for your work blending both this historical catalogs together. I look forward to hearing more fiyah in the future. Rest in peace ODB (Ol Dirty Bastard) and Phife. Thank you all for your outstanding contributions to Hip Hop culture.

About Corey Fauconier

Corey “Sage” Fauconier is a native of Cambria Heights, Queens, New York who currently resides in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He is a graduate of Hampton University with a degree in Political Science (1994) and a Paralegal Studies Certificate (1996). Former Libertarian Candidate for Virginia State Senate (2017). First Black Communications Chair of the Libertarian Party (2016), Lobby Day Leader for the Virginia Citizens Defense League, second amendment supporter, volunteer with Generation Hip Hop VA and host of independent podcast Talks Over Drinks in Richmond, Virginia.

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