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The 100 Best Wu-Tang Clan Songs

39. Ghostface Killah f/ Raekwon "260" (1996)

Producer: RZA
Album: Ironman
Label: Razor Sharp/Epic Street

One of the most entertaining aspects of the Wu repertoire is their unprecedented slang that turns their verses into secret and exotic excursions written with an alternate alphabet. For the drug-den invasion "260," Rae and Ghost paint a storytelling masterpiece composed of Five Percent teachings, proper names, and no distinction between the POVs of all the characters.

Ghost spends the first verse scouting their intended targets and trying to secure a rifle from somebody named Daddy-O. (Tony finds time to do a little flirting on the side: "Peace Kiana, what's up with your girlfriend Wanda?/She drive a green Honda with legs like Jane Fonda.")

In the second verse, Rae and Ghost don masks that make them look like terrorists and barge into the apartment in search of the O's they heard were for sale. Shit gets hectic, and Rae has to pull out on a dealer: "I shot him in the neck, it ricocheted and hit Carolyn." Who's Carolyn? Apparently some unlucky chick with a coke habit who's at the wrong place at the wrong time.

In Wu World, figuring out the who, what, why, when, and where is half the fun. Excellent use of Al Green's impressionable "You Ought to Be With Me" is the final layer in this remarkable account of criminal-on-criminal violence.

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