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RZA Presents... Wu-Tang Killa Bees: The Swarm, Vol. 1
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Compilation album by RZA


July 21, 1998


May 1997 - March 1998


Alien Flyers Studios
(New York City, New York)
Firehouse Studios
(Brooklyn, New York)


East Coast hip hop, Conscious hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, Underground hip hop




Wu-Tang Records / Priority Records


RZA (exec.), Mathematics, Inspectah Deck, Darkim Be Allah, The Blaquesmiths, DJ Devastator, Bolo Gah, Remedy, Mitchell Diggs (exec.)

RZA Presents... Wu-Tang Killa Bees: The Swarm (Vol. 1) is the debut compilation album by RZA. It was released on July 21, 1998 via Wu-Tang Records and Priority Records. Recording sessions took place at Alien Flyers Studios and Firehouse Studios in New York City from May 1997 to March 1998. Production was handled by RZA, Darkim Be Allah, Inspectah Deck, Mathematics, Bolo Gah, The Blaquesmiths, DJ Devastator and Remedy, with Mitchell Diggs and RZA himself serving as executive producers. Songs on the album are performed by the members of Wu-Tang Clan (Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Streetlife, Masta Killa, RZA, Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna) and Wu-Tang Affiliates: Shyheim, Sunz of Man, Royal Fam, Wu-Syndicate, Remedy, The Beggaz, A.I.G., Ruthless Bastards and Black Knights of the North Star. It includes guest appearances from Method Man and Killarmy.

The Swarm, Vol. 1 released the singles: "Co-Defendant", "Cobra Clutch", "Where Was Heaven", "Bronx War Stories" and "Legacy". Music videos were also released for all five songs.

Track listing[]

  1. "Intro" - 0:30
  2. "Legacy" (Royal Fam) - 2:20
  3. "Concrete Jungle" (Sunz of Man) - 4:41
  4. "Co-Defendant" (Shyheim feat. Hell Razah) - 4:37
  5. "S.O.S." (Inspectah Deck feat. Streetlife) - 3:42
  6. "Execute Them" (Raekwon, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck and Street Life) - 3:40
  7. "Bronx War Stories" (A.I.G.) - 3:27
  8. "And Justice For All" (RZA feat. Killarmy and Method Man) - 4:55
  9. "Punishment" (Black Knights of the North Star) - 4:54
  10. "Bastards" (Ruthless Bastards) - 4:19
  11. "On The Strength" (The Beggaz) - 5:01
  12. "Cobra Clutch" (Ghostface Killah) - 3:42
  13. "Never Again" (Remedy) - 4:09
  14. "Where Was Heaven" (Wu-Syndicate) - 3:22
  15. "'97 Mentality" (Cappadonna feat. Ghostface Killah) - 3:41
  16. "Fatal Sting" (Black Knights of the North Star) - 4:09


Concrete Jungle

  • "CB#1" by Ralph Vargas and Carlos Bess
  • "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang


  • "Blind Alley" by The Emotions
  • "A Nickel and a Nail" by O.V. Wright
  • "Bees! Bees! Millions of Bees" from The Swarm


Execute Them

  • "Who By Fire (Album Version)" by Leonard Cohen

And Justice For All


  • "My Hero Is a Gun" by Michael Masser
  • "All Night Long" by Mary Jane Girls

Cobra Clutch

  • "Ain't No Sunshine" by Lyn Collins

Never Again

  • "Shabbat (Opening Scene)" from Schindler's List
  • "Tales of a Jedi Knight / Learn About the Force" by John Williams

Where Was Heaven

  • "Harmony" by Slick

97 Mentality

  • "Gone, Promises of Yesterday" by The Mad Lads