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It's hard to overemphasize the Wu-Tang effect. The Clan and their music was inescapable in New York City in the 90s. "Cash rules everything around me, dolla dolla bill y'all" was the anthem blasted from street corners across the city. It resonated in a place afflicted by both high poverty and immense wealth.
25 years later the sentiment still resonates today -- making Wu's music both timeless and timely. The names of the group's members are as iconic as their songs: RZA, GZA, Ol' Dirty ****, Ghostface Killa, Method Man, Masta Killa, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Cappadonna.
Wu - Force - Waves - Group - Albums
Wu became a dominant force musically releasing waves of group albums as well as solo projects by its members. Songs like C.R.E.A.M., Method Man, Triumph, Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit, Bring Da Ruckus, Protect Ya Neck, Uzi among many others reflect an influence of comic books, kung fu movies and soul music. Their music often features tongue-in-cheek rhymes delivered defiantly in a raw stream of consciousness-like flow.
"Hey, you, get off my cloud!
Flam - Jam
Who be gettin' flam when they come to a jam?
You be like, 'Oh ****, that's the jam!'"
Wu - Music - Videos - Ways - Song
The Wu's music videos are amazing and ridiculous in all the right ways. For the song Gravel Pit, there's a dinosaur and a massive ninja fight. Ol' Dirty **** -- who at the time was incarcerated -- is represented by a pair of arms hanging out from behind the bars of a jail cell.
For a hip-hop crew, Wu's influence on pop culture is nearly unrivaled. Their sound, style and rowdiness invaded everything from fashion to movies like Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 to TV shows like Luke Cage and Westworld. The Wu became a branding and business paragon for newer generations of hip hop artists.
The Wu has such...
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