Wu-Tang Clan & ONYX’s “The Worst” Was 1 Of The Best Crew Collabos (Video)
When Wu-Tang Clan emerged with their debut album Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers in 1993, it warned the Rap world to protect its neck from the collective’s chokehold. ONYX did the same when they “slammed” anything and anyone in their way.
Five years later, in 1998, Wu-Tang and ONYX reached new plateaus success, establishing them as two of the most unpredictable crews in Hip-Hop. Each group’s aesthetic of graveyard grit lyricism, personal tales of their crime-filled neighborhoods, WWE levels of in-your-face intensity, and Timberland boot-stomping beats gave them endless amounts of street credibility.
So when the Killa Bees of Staten Island and the bald headed Queens crew joined forces for their long-awaited 1998 collaboration, it was aptly titled “The Worst” because that’s exactly what they had ambitiously set to inflict on their foes.
The song was featured on the Rap-heavy soundtrack to the 1998 film Ride, as well as ONYX’s third studio album Shut Em Down. Wu-Tang was represented on the song by none other than Raekwon, Method Man, and Killarmy’s Killa Sin. ONYX boasted its members Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr, Sonny Seeza, as well as their crew affiliate and Sticky Fingaz’s younger brother X-1. The beat has a menacing bassline with a sample of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s memorable verse on Wu-Tang’s “Protect Ya Neck” as the chorus. The setting for the music video is the year 2090 in which Hip-Hop is outlawed throughout 55 U.S. states. This is where both crews ambitiously set out to overthrow the powers that be in a post-apocalyptic New York City by wreaking havoc in the streets.
“The Worst” was a minor hit on the Rap charts, but it gave Wu-Tang and ONYX diehards a great reason to throw each other around in a mosh-pit.