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"C.R.E.A.M." (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) is a song by the New York hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan, from their 1993 studio album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The song was produced by Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA, and samples The Charmels' 1967 song, "As Long As I've Got You".[1] "C.R.E.A.M." was released as a single through Loud in early 1994.

Single by Wu-Tang Clan
from the album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Released January 31, 1994
Format 12" single, CD5"
Recorded July 1993
Firehouse Studio in New York City
Genre East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop
Length 4:12
Label Loud Records
Songwriter(s) Robert Diggs
Jason Hunter
Clifford Smith
Corey Woods
Producer(s) RZA
Wu-Tang Clan singles chronology
"Protect Ya Neck"
"Can It Be All So Simple"

"Protect Ya Neck"
"Can It Be All So Simple"



"C.R.E.A.M." features a verse from Raekwon, a long verse from Inspectah Deck and the hook performed by Method Man: Cash rules everything around me, C.R.E.A.M./Get the money; dollar, dollar bill, y'all.

The hook performed by Method Man has been sampled by many rappers. The phrase "Cream" has become a slang term for money. C.R.E.A.M. is one of the highest charting Wu-Tang Clan singles, reaching #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The music video for "C.R.E.A.M." features the members of the Wu-Tang Clan starting off at the projects in Staten Island and moving on to a more lavish lifestyle of champagne and Mercedes. The video for this single also features classic early '90s urban New York styles of dress, as the majority of the people in the video are wearing goose-downs, Champion hoodies, black skullies, and either wheat or black Timberlands.

On January 29, 2009, "C.R.E.A.M." was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 units, 15 years after it was first released.


Time included the song on its list of the All-TIME 100 Greatest Songs.[2]

It was voted #20 in's Top 100 Rap Songs.[3]

Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #11 on its list of The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time.[4]

The "C.R.E.A.M." single made The Source Magazine's 100 Best Rap Singles list.[5]

The song was voted #13 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.[6]

Song orderEdit

In popular cultureEdit

The song was used in the game Watch Dogs and is a playable track in Def Jam Rapstar.

The song is featured in the Narcos Season 3 episode "Follow the Money".

The Dudley Boyz used the song as their entrance theme at ECW Living Dangerously 1999 for their match against Spike Dudley and Sid Vicious.

The song is referenced in DJ Khaled's "Wild Thoughts", in which the line "Make it cream, yeah, Wu-Tang" appears during Bryson Tiller's verse.

The song is used in a Season 2 episode ("Akane no Mai") of Westworld.

A sample of the song is used on "Kream", a 2018 song by Iggy Azalea featuring Tyga.

Track listingEdit


  1. "C.R.E.A.M." (radio edit) – 4:04
  2. "C.R.E.A.M." (album version) – 4:03
  3. "C.R.E.A.M." (a cappella) – 2:37
  4. "C.R.E.A.M." (instrumental) – 3:38


  1. "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'" (radio edit) – 4:40


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Video on YouTube
  2. ^ "All-Time 100 Songs". Time. October 24, 2011.
  3. ^ "Top 100 Rap Songs Ever".
  4. ^ "50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone.
  5. ^ " Source 100 Best Rap Albums & Singles."
  6. ^ "VH1's 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs". 29 September 2008.
  7. ^ "American single certifications – DMX – Slippin'". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 5, 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

7. Westworld season 2 episode 9. Chinese version of the instrumentals. 2018