One of the most influential hip hop groups of all time is known as the
Wu Tang Clan. The Wu Tang Clan is an American hardcore hip hop
group based off of New York City. The group consists of a total of 10
artists who has released a large number of albums as a whole and
each individually. Several of the members often wore grillz as a part
of their hip hop culture. The Wu Tang Clan has released a total of 4
gold and platinum studio albums in their time as a group. Their 1993
debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), is considered to be
one of the greatest albums in hip hop history. The Clan received
many positive acclaims from multiple sources, such as Kris Ex of
Rolling Stones calling the group “the best rap group ever” and being
ranked as “the No. 1 greatest hip hop groups of all time” by About.
The Wu Tang Clan is composed of 10 artists which includes: East
Coast rappers RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon,
Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and a long
time collaborator turned official member in 2007, Cappadonna.
RZA was born as Robert Fitzgerald Diggs in 1969, and he was the de facto leader of the group. He entirely produced Enter the Wu-
Tang and a majority of other tracks from the group. Later on, he eventually scored multiple Hollywood films. Some of the works that
he scored include Kill Bill, The Protector, American Gangster, and
Afro Samurai. During RZA’s life, he received many offers from
several different record signing companies. Some of these
companies include Bad Boy Records, Aftermath Entertainment,
Interscope, and Def Jam. In the early year of 2007, RZA officially signed with SRC Records. Five years later in 2012, RZA directed, co-
wrote, and had the lead acting role in the movie The Man With the Iron Fists. GZA was born as Gary Grice in 1966, and he was the oldest member
of the group. He was also the most experienced member of the group
because he first began to rap in 1976, when hip hop was not as
popular and was only local in New York City. During this time, only a
handful of people were first spotted wearing gold grillz. GZA was the
first to release an album Words From the Genius in 1991. He is also
known to be the wisest MC of the group, and people know him for his
laid-back flow, deliberate style, and complex use of metaphor.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard was born as Russell Tyrone in 1968. He was known
as the most eccentric and erratic member of the group. He drew
much attention from the media and police due to his wild behavior.
Musically, Ol’ Dirty Bastard is known for his offbeat rhymes,
charismatic ulutations, slightly garbled style, and unpredictable vocal
inflections. Out of all the members of the Clan, Ol’ Dirty Bastard was
the most popular, and he also had high sales and had guest
appearances with entertainment industry giants such as Mariah Carey. However, on November 13, 2004, he collapsed in the Wu-
Tang’s recording studio and died nearly less than an hour after his collapse. After conducting an autopsy, his death was caused by a
drug overdose. Method Man was born as Clifford Smith in 1971, and he was the youngest member of the Clan. Despite his young age, he was the first
to release a solo album Tical. Compared to his group mates, he was
the most successful in the group while maintaining an underground
reputation. Method Man’s career was first highlighted by the platinum
sales and received a Grammy Award for I’ll Be There for You with
Mary J. Blige. He is recognized for his distinct voice and smooth yet
“grimy” flow. In addition to his musical career, he also had an
impeccable acting career and had his name appear in many film and
tv credits. He appeared in also comedy film and sitcoms, and the
most popular acting career was for The Wire. Despite some of his
surrounding people having conflict with The Notorious B.I.G., Method
Man’s friendship with The Notorious B.I.G. helped relieve the tension
between the people.
Raekwon was born as Corey Woods in 1970 and was given the
nickname “the chef.” He received this nickname due to having “lyrical
flavor” and for his ability to cook cocaine. His lyrics contained an extensive number of New York slang, which is delivered in a fast-
paced and aggressive manner. He is known for his vivid storytelling about wealth, power, and prestige which he was informed about
during his illegal drug trade. In addition, he has been seen around the
city wearing gold teeth to display his wealth. He received high praise
from fans and critics for his solo album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.
Ghostface Killah was born as Dennis Coles in 1970 and is known for
his distinctive, abstract, energetic, and emotional style of rapping. Out of all the members of the group, he is known to be the most
consistent. Due to his consistency, he released over 12 solo albums,
which is more than anyone else in the group.
Inspectah Deck was born as Jason Hunter in 1970 and is known to
be one of the star members of the group. He gained attention by
providing stand out performances on Wu-Tang albums and on other
members’ solo albums. He is also known for his ability to use
metaphors and deliver complicated rhyme schemes. Fans praised
him to be the stand out member on Wu-Tang Forever but the release
of his solo albums later failed to live up to the high expectations as he
had on Wu-Tang Forever. U-God was born Lamont Jody Hawkins in 1970 and had a relatively low profile with limited exposure in the group due to his incarceration.
He is known to deliver strong verses with a unique bass-like voice,
and style of blaxploitation rap.
Masta Killa was born as Elgin Turner in 1969 and is the only member
who was not an experienced rapper when the Clan formed. He was
mentored by GZA and delivered intelligent talk-rap style. He was the
last to release a solo album and it was well received by fans.
Cappadonna was born as Darryl Hill in 1969 and was the last to join
the group. He first started out as an affiliate but was clarified as a
official member since the 8 Diagrams album.