10. Protect Ya Neck – GZA
The illest posse cut of all time, and the first single that the Wu ever released on wax. It’s not embellishment to say that any verse could be the best one; there are at least four verses that hold equal amounts of heat. RZA stands out for wanting to know where the children are at 10 PM (plus “crazy flamboyant for the rap enjoyment” is a such a dope thing to say) and everybody knows ODB’s verse by heart, but it comes down to the two bookend verses, INS and GZA. Deck delivers what might be the best opening bars of his career with, “I smoke on the mic like smokin’ Joe Frazier / the hell raiser, raised hell with the flavor”, and he continues to dismember the beat, but GZA pulls the rug out from under him with one line: “First of all, who’s your A&R? / A mountain climber who plays an electric guitar? But he don’t know the meaning of dope / when he’s looking for a suit and tie rap that’s cleaner than a bar of soap”. Nothing is fucking with that.