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The Last Shall Be First (Sunz of Man album)

The Last Shall Be First is the debut album of hip hop group Sunz of Man issued in 1998 on BMG Records. The album got to No. 20 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 7 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[1][2][3]

The Last Shall Be First
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 21, 1998
GenreEast coast hip hop, conscious hip hop
LabelRed Ant/BMG Records
Producer4th Disciple, True Master, RZA, Su-Preme, Wyclef Jean
Sunz Of Man chronology
The Last Shall Be First
The First Testament
Singles from The Last Shall Be First
  1. "Natural High"
    Released: 1997
  2. "Shining Star"/"Cold"
    Released: 1998
  3. "The Plan"/"Collaboration '98"
    Released: November 10, 1998


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic      [1]
Robert Christgau(A-)[4]

The Last Shall Be First features guest artists such as Raekwon, Earth, Wind & Fire, Method Man and Ol' Dirty Bastard.[1]

Production on the album was handled by the Wu-Elements (RZA, True Master and 4th Disciple) with additional contributions coming from Supreme Kourt and Wyclef Jean.[1]

Track listingEdit

# Title Producer Sample Time
1 "Intro" 4th Disciple
  • Sun - "Introduction: You Are My Sunshine"
2 "Cold" 4th Disciple 3:49
3 "Natural High" (feat. Traybag) Supreme 4:18
4 "Flaming Swords" True Master 5:15
5 "Illusions" (feat. Masta Killa) 4th Disciple 5:26
6 "Shining Star" (feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard & Earth, Wind & Fire) Wyclef Jean 4:21
7 "Israeli News" (feat. Traybag) Supreme 4:12
8 "Tribulations" RZA 4:24
9 "The Interview" (skit)
  • Sunz of Man - "Bloody Choices"
10 "The Plan" 4th Disciple 5:13
11 "Collaboration '98" (feat. Method Man & True Master) True Master 5:08
12 "Inmates to the Fire" (feat. Dreddy Kruger) RZA 3:40
13 "Not Promised Tomorrow" (feat. Tekitha) 4th Disciple 4:11
14 "For The Lust Of Money/The Grandz" (feat. Lashaunda) True Master 5:58
15 "Can I See You" (feat. Beretta 9) RZA 3:27
16 "The Battle" (skit)
  • Sunz of Man - "Inmates To The Fire"
17 "Next Up" (feat. Method Man) True Master 3:44
18 "Intellectuals" (feat. Raekwon & U-God) True Master 5:09
19 "Five Arch Angels" 4th Disciple
  • Marvin Gaye - "Mercy, Mercy Me"
  • Sunz of Man - "Five Arch Angels (Original version)"


  1. ^ a b c d "Sunz Of Man: The Last Shall Be First".
  2. ^ "Sunz Of Man: The Last Shall Be First (Billboard 200)".
  3. ^ "Sunz Of Man: The Last Shall Be First (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)".
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Sunz of Man: The Last Shall Be First". Village Voice.