Out of all the groups that backpackers love, Wu-Tang is probably the most universally popular one. They have a message board where a bunch of bots scrape the internet for anything related to the Wu-Tang Clan and post it for pointless discussion. It’s a slightly more accessible version of Canibus’ old conspiracy theory/fan message board. The kind of rap they ended up inspiring for the most part is high syllable-per-word raps by dummies that believe in conspiracy theories.
The Wu-Tang Clan had a very popular album many decades ago that remains one of the top 50 or so top selling rap albums. It’s very different from the rest of the albums on that list, statistically.
|All Eyez On Me||1.30|
|The Art of War||1.29|
|The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill||1.28|
|The Eminem Show||1.28|
|MP Da Last Don||1.28|
|Speakerboxxx/The Love Below||1.28|
|Get Rich or Die Tryin’||1.22|
|To the Extreme||1.22|
|Hard Knock Life||1.21|
|It’s Dark and Hell is Hot||1.20|
|…And Then There Was X||1.20|
|Flesh of My Flesh||1.19|
|Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em||1.14|
Wu-Tang Forever hovers closely to the hypothesized syllable-per-word limit where the fan’s brain shuts down and stop listening or caring. Most of the top selling albums of all-time hover in a much lower syllable per word range. MC Hammer, who is a rapper from the 80’s, had the lowest SPW album score ever recorded.
The lasting legacy of this album will be for ushering in a generation of losers who were inspired to complicate their rap writing and say nothing.
I bomb atomically, Socrates’ philosophies
and hypothesis can’t define how I be droppin these
mockeries, lyrically perform armed robbery
Flee with the lottery, possibly they spotted me
This sequence clocks in at 1.96 syllables per word. I guess the lasting appeal is to prove to people who hate rap (racists) that rappers can say big words and shoutout the names of philosophers.