Posted by: kingaaronz | May 3, 2009

Can I get a Wu-Tang!?!?

Logo for the Wu-Tang Clan

Logo for the Wu-Tang Clan

The Wu-Tang are as much an influence to me as, say, Harmony Korine or Stanley Kubrick. I love my music and the Wu-Tang epitomize everything I love about…. well, everything really. As the GZA/Genius puts it: The Wu is the Way, the Tang is the Slang and the Clan is the Fam.

Nine brothers, one group. Forever. And that’s the beauty of the Wu-Tang Clan. That, no matter what, there will always be Wu-Tang because Wu-Tang is Forever.

The RZA, the GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard (RIP), Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon the Chef, U-God and the Method Man make up the group and from their explosive debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in 1993 as soon as the sword swings on Bring Da Ruckus you know you are in for a battle of epic proportions. The album is divided up into “Shaolin” and “Wu-Tang” which is influenced by the kung fu film Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang. The kung fu movies are a big influence for the RZA’s production as well as the lyrics on the tracks themselves.

Even after Enter the Wu-Tang, the Wu stayed true to their roots and came back with a bang in 1997 with Wu-Tang Forever, a double LP full of rowdy tracks and slammin’ beats guaranteed to get you on the dancefloor. Many artists since the Wu have cited the RZA’s production and the lyrics of the group alike as influences including Leftover Crack, Jay-Z and Kanye West.

Aswell as producing group albums, each member has embarked on a solo career, be it successful or not these MC’s always produced top quality hip hop that was always innovative and tested the styles of both the producers and the lyricists themselves, something which wasn’t unheard of but definitely challenged other people in the genre to do the same and produce work which wasn’t similar but to at least make the effort to test themselves to get the best they could.

Nowadays, I don’t listen to much hip hop at all. Maybe the odd track here and there but the only hip hop I really follow is Eminem and the Wu as, as you’d expect, they’re still going.

So, hip hop is dead. But, how can hip hop be dead when Wu-Tang is forever?

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