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The Wu-Tang Clan is one of the most influential and successful hip hop groups of all time. Formed in Staten Island, New York City, in 1992, the group consists of nine rappers: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard. They also have a close affiliate, Cappadonna, who became an official member later.
The group is known for their hardcore rap style, their innovative production, their use of martial arts samples and references, and their creation of a vast network of affiliates and solo artists, collectively known as the Wu-Tang Killa Bees. The group’s name comes from the 1983 kung fu film Shaolin and Wu Tang, which inspired their philosophy and mythology.
The group’s debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), released in 1993, is widely regarded as one of the greatest hip hop albums ever made. It introduced the world to the group’s distinctive sound and lyrical themes, as well as their unique slang and symbolism. The album was a commercial and critical success, earning them a loyal fan base and a deal with Loud Records.
The group followed up with solo albums from each member between 1994 and 1996, showcasing their individual talents and styles. In 1997, they reunited for their second group album, Wu-Tang Forever, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. The album was also a global hit, selling over 8 million copies worldwide.
The group continued to release group and solo albums throughout the 2000s and 2010s, despite some internal conflicts and the death of Ol’ Dirty Bastard in 2004. Some of their notable albums include The W (2000), Iron Flag (2001), 8 Diagrams (2007), A Better Tomorrow (2014), and Of Mics and Men (2019). In 2015, they released a unique album called Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which was sold to only one buyer for $2 million.
The Wu-Tang Clan has been praised by critics and fans alike for their artistic integrity, their cultural impact, their musical legacy, and their contribution to the development of hip hop. They have influenced countless artists across genres and generations and have been honored with various awards and recognitions. They are widely considered to be the best rap group ever.