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The 100 Best Wu-Tang Clan Songs

34. Wu-Tang Clan "Tearz" (1993)

Producer: RZA
Album: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Label: Loud

RZA goes all out with his performance on "Tearz," a hard lesson of what goes around comes around. Rakeem is on the stoop with the homies enjoying 40s, blunts, and girl-watching while he boasts of the kid he bust not too long ago. Little does he know that at that same moment his younger sibling, sent to the store for bread, is gunned down in the street by a heartless knucklehead.

Arriving frantically on the scene, he says, "I picked him up and I held him by his head/His eyes shut that's when I knew he was..." RZA doesn't finish, but we know the missing word is "dead." "I taught him all about the bees and birds/But I wish I had a chance to say these three words..." Again, we are left to fill in the blanks, knowing damn well he means he wants to tell his fallen brother, "I love you."

The pounding oldies beat haunts Ghostface's verse, a safe-sex plea about his friend who refuses to wear rubbers. The consequences are chilling to the bone: "Both tried to be down with O.P.P./Ain't nothin' wrong, but he got caught with the H.I.V./Now no life to live, doc says two more years/So after the laughter, I guess comes the tears."

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