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In July 2007 the famous Miles Davis Hall at Montreux was witness to a gathering of the Wu-Tang Clan. With the exception of the sadly deceased Ol' Dirty Bastard, the whole Clan was present: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon The Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah and Masta Killa. Also joining the party were some of their extended family members: Cappadonna, Streetlife and DJ Mathematics. This rare gathering of the full clan took Montreux by storm and got the whole audience on their feet and jumping with a set featuring all their best known hits and classics plus a number of solo tracks, including a clutch of Ol' Dirty Bastard hits.

"So what's up man?
Cooling man"
"Chilling chilling?"
"Yo you know I had to call, you know why right?"
"Because, yo, I never ever call and ask, you to play something right?"
"You know what I wanna hear right?"
"What you wanna hear?
I wanna hear that Wu-Tang joint"
"Wu-Tang again?"
"Ah yeah, again and again!"

[sounds of fighting]

[RZA] Wu-Tang Clan coming at you, protect your neck kid, so set it off the Inspector Deck
[Meth] watch your step kid [8X]

[Inspector Deck]
I smoke on the mic like smoking Joe Frazier
The hell raiser, raising hell with the flavor
Terrorize the jam like troops in Pakistan
Swinging through your town like your neighborhood Spiderman
So uhh, tic toc and keep ticking
While I get you flipping off the shit I'm kicking
The Lone Ranger, code red, danger!
Deep in the dark with the art to rip charts apart
The vandal, too hot to handle
you battle, you're saying Goodbye like Tevin Campbell
Roughneck, Inspector Deck's on the set
The rebel, I make more noise than heavy metal

The way I make the crowd go wild, sit back relax won't smile
Rae got it going on pal, call me the rap assassinator
Rhymes rugged and built like Schwarzenegger
And I'm gonna get mad deep like a threat, blow up your project
Then take all your assets
Cause I came to shake the frame in half
With the thoughts that bomb, shit like math!
So if you wanna try to flip go flip on the next man
Cause I grab the clip and
Hit you with sixteen shots and more I got
Going to war with the melting pot hot

It's the Method Man for short Mr. Meth
Moving on your left, ah!
And set it off, get it off, let it off like a gat
I wanna break full, cock me back
Small change, they putting shame in the game
I take aim and blow that nigga out the frame
And like Fame, my style'll live forever
Niggaz crossing over, but they don't know no better
But I do, true, can I get a "sue"
Nuff respect due to the one-six-oh
I mean oh, you check out the flow
like the Hudson or PCP when I'm dusting
Niggaz off because I'm hot like sauce
The smoke from the lyrical blunt makes me [cough]

Oh, what, grab my nut get screwed
Ow, here comes my Shaolin style
Sloop, B. A. Buh-B. Y. U
to my crew with the "sue"

watch your step kid [8X]
[Ol Dirty Bastard] c'mon baby baby c'mon [4X]
[RZA] Yo, you best protect your neck

[Ol Dirty Bastard]
First things first man you're fucking with the worst
I'll be sticking pins in your head like a fucking nurse
I'll attack any nigga who's slack in his mack
Come fully packed with a fat rugged stack
Shame on you when you stepped through to
The Ol Dirty Bastard straight from the Brooklyn Zoo
And I'll be damned if I let any man
Come to my center, you enter the winter
Straight up and down that shit packed jam
You can't slam, don't let me get fool on him man
The Ol Dirty Bastard is dirty and stinking
Ason, unique rolling with the night of the creeps
Niggaz be rolling with a stash
ain't saying cash, bite my style I'll bite your motherfucking ass!



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"Protect Ya Neck"
Single by Wu-Tang Clan
from the album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
A-side"Protect Ya Neck"
B-side"Method Man"
ReleasedMay 3, 1993
Format12" single
GenreHip hop, hardcore hip hop
LabelLoud Records
Writer(s)Robert Diggs
Jason Hunter
Lamont Hawkins
Clifford Smith
Corey Woods
Dennis Coles
Russell Jones
Gary Grice
Producer(s)Prince Rakeem
Wu-Tang Clan singles chronology
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"Protect Ya Neck" is the debut single by hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan. The song is from the group's critically acclaimed first album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). It is produced by RZA (then known as Prince Rakeem) and features eight of the original nine Wu-Tang members.


  • 1 Song information
  • 2 Song order
  • 3 Music video
  • 4 Single track listing
    • 4.1 A-Side
    • 4.2 B-Side
  • 5 References

Song information

"Protect Ya Neck" was the first Wu-Tang song bringing together the original four members and four others (excluding Masta Killa, who had not yet joined). It was originally released in 1992 as part of the "Protect Ya Neck"/"After The Laughter Comes Tears" single by Wu-Tang Records. When it created an underground buzz, Wu-Tang signed with Loud Records and released it with "Method Man" on its b-side. That single sold 10,000 copies.[1]

On the original recording version of the song, Inspectah Deck's verse came second, but RZA changed it to first in the order. The original beat was totally different, and all Wu-members were in a different order. RZA just said "I just need y'all voices" and Wu entered the studio the next morning and RZA arranged everything, including the karate chops. The person who rings into a radio station at the start of the song was from an interview Wu did. Wu did the interview on a radio station ("Virginia or Maryland, WPGC, I think" Inspectah Deck says), different segments of the same interview are placed at different parts of the album.[2]

"Protect Ya Neck" is featured on greatest hits compilations such as The RZA Hits, Disciples of the 36 Chambers: Chapter 1 and Legend of the Wu-Tang Clan. On Wu-Tang Clan's third album, The W, an alternate version named "Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)" can be found. It features new Wu-Tang member Cappadonna and Masta Killa in place of the then-incarcerated Ol' Dirty Bastard.

"Protect Ya Neck" has been featured in video games True Crime: New York City and Skate 2. The chime that opens the song is from the kung fu movie Executioners from Shaolin.

The "Protect Ya Neck/Method Man" single made The Source's 100 Best Singles list. In September 2010 Pitchfork Media included the song at number 5 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.[3]

Song order

  • Intro
    • (sounds of fighting)
    • Wu-Intro: RZA and Method Man
  • First verse: Inspectah Deck
  • Second verse: Raekwon
  • Third verse: Method Man
  • Bridge: U-God
    • Interlude: Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard and RZA
  • Fourth verse: Ol' Dirty Bastard
  • Fifth verse: Ghostface Killah
  • Sixth verse: RZA
  • Seventh verse: GZA
    • (sounds of fighting)
  • Outro: RZA, Method Man

Music video

The music video shows each Wu-Tang rapper in black and white rapping individually with their entourage in the background. As each rapper starts his verse, their rap aliases are shown on the screen. Many of these aliases are spelled incorrectly or never used on official releases such as Ghostface Killah being shown as "Ghost Face Killer" and GZA as the Jizah. In the video, occasionally clips of Wu-Tang as a full group in color are flashed for a couple seconds. It features a cameo appearance from a then-unknown Cappadonna during Raekwon & Method Man's respective scenes.


  1. "Protect Ya Neck" (Radio Edit) (4:30)
  2. "Protect Ya Neck" (Shao Lin Version) (4:36)
  3. "Protect Ya Neck" (Bloody Version) (5:03)


  1. "Method Man" (Radio Edit) (4:15)
  2. "Method Man" (Smoked Out Version) (5:02)
  3. "Method Man" (Home Grown Version) (5:08)
  4. "Method Man" (Bonus Beats) (0:57)


  1. ^ Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers (Explicit Version) - Wu-Tang Clan - CD -
  2. ^ Check The Technique: Linear Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies by Brian Coleman. Page 463.
  3. ^ Pitchfork Top 200 Tracks of the 90s

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