There are many, many reasons why I love rap music. One of those reasons, I have learned, is this: At a young and formative age, I had my mind blown by superhero comics. Many rappers — most of the best rappers — present themselves as flesh-and-blood superheroes. (In this, rappers are like action-movie stars or … More »
Wu-Tang Clan are in the midst of their international tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their breakout album, Enter The Wu-Tang. On 6/9, they will play a sold-out show at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, making them the first hip-hop act to ever headline the venue. The venue’s pervious general manager Pam Matthews told … More »
The Wu-Tang Clan have one of the greatest stories in American music, and we are currently seeing what happens when our present-day content providers get ahold of that story. Last month, Showtime aired the extremely watchable four-part documentary series Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men. And last year, we got the news that … More »
There’s an old story about the Wu-Tang Clan that’s famous among journalists. One day, back in the early ’90s, the rap journalist Cheo Hodari Coker wrote a profile of Wu-Tang for Rap Pages, the now-defunct rap magazine. But the members of the group didn’t show up for their scheduled photoshoot. So the magazine needed to … More »
Of Mics And Men, Showtime’s new four-part documentary about the history of the Wu-Tang Clan, is absolutely magical television, and it effectively makes the totally accurate case that the Wu-Tang Clan’s ascent is one of the great miracles in the history of American popular music. (At one point, Jim Jarmusch refers to Wu-Tang as “warriors … More »
The much-anticipated Wu-Tang Clan documentary premiered on Showtime last week, honoring the 25th anniversary of the group’s debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Of Mics And Men takes viewers through the history and rise of Wu-Tang. Now, they’ve announced a new EP, set to drop this Friday, to accompany the Sacha Jenkins-directed … More »
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.
Photo credit: Jonathan Weiner
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A number of notable New York City musicians are getting streets re-named after them in their honor. As WNYC/Gothamist reports, last week the New York City Council voted to approve street co-naming changes for Wu-Tang Clan, Woody Guthrie, and (as previously reported) the Notorious B.I.G. More »