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Ghost Dog : The Way Of The Samurai (Original Motion Picture Score)
36 Chambers
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Release Date
December 11, 2020


The soundtrack for Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai, which RZA produced for Jim Jarmusch’s 1999 movie of the same name, represents the Wu-Tang Clan leader’s first foray into the world of film scoring. It proved to be an inspired move - RZA’s gritty, Gothic brand of hardcore hip-hop production was already cinematic enough without any on-screen action, but he elevates his practice to new heights here, laying the foundations for his subsequent scoring triumphs like Kill Bill and The Man With The Iron Fists in the process

On Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai things come full-circle for RZA. Whereas his early beats were full of shadowy samples and snippets of audio from kung-fu movies, here we find him writing for a hitman flick which was conceived somewhat in his artistic image. It’s an environment that allows RZA to flourish and deliver some of his most stylish work, from the hard-headed boom-bap beats of the opening theme to slick, funky shuffles. The rest of Wu-Tang Clan get in on the action as well, spitting game on a trio of tracks here to crown a decade in which they had risen from the streets of Shaolin to the very apex of the rap game.

The shadowboxing hip-hop of Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai represents a pivotal moment in the career of Wu-Tang Clan’s commander-in-chief RZA.

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  1. 1 Ghost Dog Theme (w/ Dogs & FX) 0:30
  2. 2 Opening Theme (Raise Your Swords instrumental) 0:30
  3. 3 Flying Birds 0:30
  4. 4 Samurai Theme 0:30
  5. 5 Gangster Theme 0:30
  6. 6 Dead Birds 0:30
  7. 7 Fast Shadow feat. Wu Tang Clan (Version 1) 0:30
  8. 8 RZA #7 0:30
  9. 9 Funky Theme 0:30
  10. 10 RZA’s Theme 0:30
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Track List

A1. Ghost Dog Theme (w/ Dogs & FX)
A2. Opening Theme (Raise Your Swords instrumental)
A3. Flying Birds
A4. Samurai Theme
A5. Gangster Theme
A6. Dead Birds
A7. Fast Shadow feat. Wu Tang Clan (Version 1)
A8. RZA #7
A9. Funky Theme
A10. RZA’s Theme
B1. Samurai Showdown (Raise Your Swords) feat. RZA
B2. Ghost Dog Theme
B3. Fast Shadow feat. Wu Tang Clan (Version 2)
B4. Untitled #8
B5. Untitled #12 Free Jazz B6. Wu-World Order feat. Wu Tang Clan (Version 1)


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