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An important act in the East Coast and hardcore hip hop styles, Wu-Tang Clan are regarded as one of the most influential hip hop groups of all time. Their debut Can You Wu-Wu-Wu? - Various - Murdaz On Wax: The 1995 EditionEnter the Wu-Tang 36 Chambersis considered one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. Wu-Tang Clan has released four gold and platinum studio albums.
The group has introduced and launched the careers of a number of affiliated artists and groupscollectively known as the Wu-Tang Killa Bees. The group never signed to a major label, but caught the attention of the New York City rap scene and was recognized by rapper Biz Markie.
Both were soon dropped by their labels. The duo decided to create a hip hop group whose ethos would be a blend of " Eastern philosophy picked up from kung fu moviesFive Percent Nation teachings picked up on the New York streets, and comic books. Wu-Tang theme, dividing the album into Shaolin and Wu-Tang sections.
Wu-Tang Clan became known in following the release of the independent single " Protect Ya Neck ", which helped gain the group a sizable underground following. The album received critical acclaim, and to date is regarded as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time.
We reinvented the way hip hop was structured, and what I mean is, you have a group signed to a label, yet the infrastructure of our deal was like anyone else's [ So what do you wanna diversify?
The Gravediggaz released 6 Feet Deep in Augustwhich became one of the best known works to emerge from hip hop's small subgenre of horrorcore. RZA held the role of primary producer for the first wave of the group members' solo albums, producing out of his basement studio in Staten Island. In NovemberMethod Man's debut album, Ticalwas released. It was entirely produced by RZA, who for the most part continued with the grimy, raw textures he explored on 36 Chambers. RZA's hands-on approach to Tical extended beyond his merely creating the beats to devising song concepts and structures.
His debut album, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Versionwas released in Marchand is considered a hip hop classic. Raekwon's debut studio album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Cuban Linx was a diverse, theatrical epic that saw RZA move away from the Can You Wu-Wu-Wu? - Various - Murdaz On Wax: The 1995 Edition , stripped-down beats of the early albums and towards a richer, cinematic sound more reliant on strings and classic soul samples.
The album is noted for reviving the mafioso rap subgenre. Cuban Linx featured all but one Wu member, and featured the Can You Wu-Wu-Wu? - Various - Murdaz On Wax: The 1995 Edition from Cappadonna.
The album also featured rapper Naswho was the first non-Wu-Tang-affiliated rapper to appear on a Wu-Tang Clan album. It had a similar focus on inner-city crime akin to Only Built 4 Cuban Linxbut it was far darker, both in GZA's grim lyrics and in the ominous, foreboding production that saw RZA experimenting more with keyboards than ever before.
Liquid Swords features guest appearances from every Wu-Tang Clan member, and is linked together by excerpts from the movie Shogun Assassin. Almost a year after the release of Liquid SwordsGhostface Killah released his first solo album, Ironmanin October The album struck a balance between the sinister keyboard-laden textures of Liquid Swords and the sentimental soul samples of Cuban Linxwhile Ghostface himself explored new territory as a lyricist. Ironman was critically acclaimed and is still widely considered to be one of the best of Wu-Tang solo albums.
With their solo careers firmly established, the Wu-Tang Clan reassembled to release their second studio album, Wu-Tang Foreverin June ; it debuted at number one on the Billboard charts.
The album's lead single, " Triumph ", is over five minutes long, features nine verses one from each member plus Cappadonna and excluding Ol' Dirty Bastard who appeared on the intro and bridgeand no hook or a repeated phrase.
The group's lyrics differed significantly from those of 36 Chamberswith many verses written in a dense stream of consciousness form heavily influenced by the teachings of the Five Percent Nation. In keeping with this move, an array of Wu-Tang products, both musical and otherwise, were to be released over the next two years. Following Wu-Tang Foreverthe focus of the Wu-Tang empire largely shifted to the promoting of emerging affiliated artists. Killah Priesta close associate of the group, released Heavy Mental in March That same month, Cappadonna released his debut album The Pillage.
Affiliated groups Sunz of Man and Killarmy also released well-received albums, followed by Wu-Tang Killa Bees: The Swarm —a compilation album released inshowcasing these and more Wu-affiliated artists, and including new solo tracks from the group members themselves.
The Swarm sold well and was certified gold. Second albums from Gravediggaz and Killarmy, as well as a greatest hits album and a b-sides compilation, also eventually saw release. The second round of solo albums from Wu-Tang saw second efforts from the five members who had already released albums, as well as debuts from all the remaining members, with the exception of Masta Killa.
RZA also composed the score for the film Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samuraidirected by Jim Jarmuschwhile he and other Wu-Tang members contributed music to a companion "music inspired by the film" album. The avalanche of Wu-Tang product between and was considered by some critics to have resulted in an oversaturation that was responsible for Wu-Tang's decline in popularity, or at least in critical regard during that time period. The group Scherzo Burlesque - Tchaikovsky*, The New Philharmonia Orchestra*, Antal Dorati - 4 Suites For Orche once again to make The Wthough without Ol' Dirty Bastard, who was at the time incarcerated in California for violating the terms of his probation.
Ol' Dirty Bastard's vocals were recorded via the telephones used for inmates to talk with visitors, while in prison. The W was released in Novemberand was mostly well received by critics,  particularly for RZA's production, and also gave the group a hit single with the uptempo " Gravel Pit ", part of a trilogy of videos where the group would visit different eras with a time traveling elevator, which also included "Protect Ya Neck The Jump Off " and "Careful Click, Click ", which were then followed by "I Can't Go to Sleep" featuring Isaac Hayes.
The album would go on to reach double platinum status. InWu-Tang Clan released Iron Flagan album which made extensive use of outside producers and guests.
Its crossover vibe and features, including Ron IsleyFlavor Flavand prominent producers Trackmastersmarked it as a lighter fare; while critically praised, it gained a less than stellar reputation with fans. This may be related to tension that arose within the group when it was revealed that Cappadonna's manager was, or had been, a police informant, a revelation that also brought on the manager's subsequent firing.
Around this time, Method Man began his acting career, along with close collaborator Redmanby starring in the stoner comedy film All Alone - Prince Buster - I Feel The Spirit High In earlyU-God apparently left the Can You Wu-Wu-Wu?
- Various - Murdaz On Wax: The 1995 Edition in disgust. A DVD titled Rise of a Fallen Soldier was released detailing his problems, which were mostly with his treatment by RZA, who he claimed had hindered his success as a solo artist. Uproar - Inquisition - Revolution.I Think Its Called Inspiration has since returned to the group.
They embarked on a short European tour Radio - Stevie - Gypsy ! coming together as a complete group for the first time in several years to headline the Rock the Bells festival in California [ citation needed ].
The concert was released on CD under the name Disciples of the 36 Chambers: Chapter 1and they also released a music-video greatest hits album, Legend of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Ol' Dirty Bastard 's career in Wu-Tang was marked by erratic behavior. In lateOl' Dirty Bastard unexpectedly escaped near the end of his rehab sentence, spending one month on the run as a fugitive before showing up on stage at the record release party for The W in New York City.
He managed to escape the club but was Quicksand Arena - Pumpkin Buzzard - Punk Slime captured by police in Philadelphia and sent to New York to face charges of cocaine possession.
In Aprilhe was sentenced to two Can You Wu-Wu-Wu? - Various - Murdaz On Wax: The 1995 Edition four years in prison. The collaborative record received good reviews and played fairly well with fans, who by and large had been waiting to see the Wu step up the quality of their releases.
On March 28,Ghostface Killah released Fishscaleto much critical acclaim and some commercial success. The album also offered an expansion of Ghostface's traditional sound—precipitated by the moderately successful club song "Be Easy" and battle rhymes in the Just Blaze -produced "The Champ".
After its reception from fans, label Def Jam asked Ghostface Killah to release another album that year; the result, More Fishexcited fans and critics somewhat less.
On June 25,Inspectah Deck released a street album entitled The Resident Patienta prelude to his upcoming album, titled The Rebellionwhich is said to be his final solo album.
Despite what the rapper felt to be little promotion compared to other Def Jam artists, The summer of was the original release date scheduled for Raekwon's long-anticipated sequel to his debut Only Built 4 Cuban Linxentitled Only Built 4 Cuban Linx The album was to be released on Dr.
Ghostface Killah released his seventh full-length album The Big Doe Rehab in Decemberand exactly one week later, Wu-Tang released their fifth full-length group album, 8 Diagrams on Steve Rifkind's SRC Records whose now-defunct Loud Records released the group's four previous albums.
This album 未登録者の集い - 利光雅之* - ・ the inclusion of Cappadonna as an official member of the group. Wu-Tang" without RZA production. Almost a year later, U-God released his third solo album entitled Dopiumwhich features guest appearances from several Wu-Tang members, and affiliates, among others, and was met with mostly lukewarm reviews. This music is totally in the chamber, or in the mind-frame of Wu-Tang like in the [ Enter the Wu-Tang 36 Chambers ] days.
But it's not a Wu-Tang album. The whole Clan's not on Θάλαccα - Kebzer - Εν Αρχή Ην Το Boom Baπ (File, Album) album. But it couldn't be in any other category but Wu-Tang. September saw the release of the long anticipated album; Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II which features guest appearances from several big-name artists, and Clan members, with Ghostface being the most prominent, and also production from RZA, Dr.
DrePete Rockand J Dillaamong others. Talk of the album Shaolin vs. Raekwon stated "[It'll] be alter egos challenging each other, really allowing RZA to fall back on the production and allowing us to give him a flashback memory to the things we know we need from the abbot [RZA].
We want him to be involved [with the album as an MC], but the concept was for him not to be involved production-wise.
Speaking to MTV. I want some feedback from the fans to see how they would take that. RZA produced tracks, some other outside producers, of course, and we gonna have Wu-Tang members on the album, but it'll be a Rae, Ghost and Meth album.
Soon after, Ghostface Killah cemented the details: the record—featuring other Wu-Tang Clan members—will consist primarily of him, Method Man, and Raekwon. The title, as announced in three separate trailers directed by Rik Cordero promoting the upcoming release, is Wu-Massacre. Speaking on their willingness to complete the album, Ghost said the three would begin recording within the next few months and estimated the release date to be the end of or January More recently, it was announced that Street 69 - Peer Günt - Live At Rockperry album would be pushed back from December to March 30, ; Can You Wu-Wu-Wu?
- Various - Murdaz On Wax: The 1995 Edition the single, "Meth vs. Chef Part II," was released after the announcement. Produced by Mathematicsit is an update of the song "Meth vs. It had been confirmed by Raekwon that Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang would in fact be his next solo album  and that Wu-Massacre is a separate project, while the rapper stated that he himself had petitioned to have Wu-Massacre ' s release date postponed in order to yield more studio time.
This included exclusive, unreleased freestyles. It was limited to downloads before the page was disabled after this figure was reached. In SeptemberRZA announced that he had inked a deal with digital music company The Orchard to release the Wu-Tang Clan's back catalogue worldwide digitally, for the first time.
In addition to forthcoming material, the Wu-Tang Clan's catalogue includes 13 previous releases that have been previously unavailable digitally, including recordings by the group as a whole, U-God, Wu-Syndicate, Killarmy, Shyheim, West Coast Killa BeezBlack Knights and others, and would be available online beginning September Hip-hop is alive in Wu Music, and with The Orchard, we've got a solid partner that understands our audience and is committed to doing all they can to help us reach the fans.
I'm definitely looking forward to working with them to see what else we all come up with. There's much more to come. Wu-Tang Revealeda GZA-directed documentary, promised to show behind the scenes of the Clan, has yet to be released.
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