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The Wu-Tang Clan has never been anything “to fuck with (Tiger Style).” Now with the recognition by the City of New York, one can now change that to “nothing to be forgotten.” Their home borough of Staten Island officially named the intersection of Vanderbilt Ave. and Targee St. the Wu-Tang Clan District.
The collective of East Coast rappers is regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time. Since 1993 the Wu-Tang Clan embodied and built the hardcore hip-hop sound that represented and reflected the streets where their legacy was born. Now 25 years later they’ve got a street sign to mark that origin.
Regardless of weather Ghostface Killah and Raekwon were present at the sign’s unveiling ceremony along with Staten Island residents and Wu-Tang fans. Ghostface posted the moment of the unveiling on Instagram evoking comments of respect from Immortal Technique, members of De La Soul, Cypress Hill and more.
“It’s like a dream right now: Twenty-five years later to come back and to have district, a block named after your crew,” Ghostface Killah said. “First of all, people don’t get to make it 25 years later. To come from Staten Island, I wanna tell y’all anything is possible. I never saw this day coming. I knew that we were some ill MCs, but I didn’t know it would take it this far.”
Their legacy is one shrouded by a mist of activity. Each member has their own legacy and influence (even after life.) They’ve graced the silver screen, they’re activists, they’re still making music that has spanned across genres, and spreading the word. Even in subtle ways, they continue to change the face of music; Childish Gambino wouldn’t have his name if not for a Wu-Tang name generator.
Coming this May 10 some of the details of their truth, their influence, and their lives will come to light through the Showtime documentary series, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men.
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Wu-Tang Clan is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their landmark debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), in the best fashion possible. Not only is the group touring the album in full this year, they’ve just announced that new music is in the works. In a new interview with Billboard, Wu-Tang divulged on the Ghostface Killah-helmed project, which will be their sixth studio album following last year’s The Saga Continues.
Inspectah Deck spoke with Billboard about the sound of the new record:
“He just gives it a new outlook and a fresh coat of eyes and ears. Ghost has taken it upon himself to say, ‘I want to get the beats, I want to hear some things that’s happening here,’ so we’re trusting him the same we trusted RZA in the beginning. Why not, man? Ghost has been successful in his solo endeavors. It’s a change of pace. Hopefully we get another banger, another Wu classic out of this project as well, in the 25th anniversary.”
While there’s no official word or further details on the project, it has been confirmed that RZA is supervising the record. Still in the early stages of production, Wu-Tang’s GZA said:
“RZA’s a deep thinker. His subject matter ranges, I think, broader than all of ours. Ghost is definitely a soulful type brother and has a deep consciousness, but he’s more direct to what Wu-Tang is. Wu-Tang was beats and rhymes. Ghost picks the harder beats. He has songs like ‘Camay,’ so he’s not gonna skip the women. There’s going to be a lot more variety of harder stuff. RZA comes up with deep concepts, but Ghost brings it just a little bit harder.”
Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)‘s 25th anniversary is November 9, so the Wu’s yet-to-be-named sixth studio album will likely coincide with the group’s seminal debut’s reissue. Better protect ya neck.
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