Wu-Tang Clan, and its individual
members, has saved Hip-Hop
music as an art form by collectively amassing nearly 20 albums in just five years.
The Clan built itself up from an underground New York City
Hip-Hop group to the internationally famed band of musical gurus they are
today by consistently providing fans with revolutionary sounds and
Long-time Wu-followers remember the Clan exploded onto the
scene with an unusual marketing technique when compared to the flashiness
of Puff Daddy.
As a symbol of solidarity, Wu-members initially wore
black masks during the promotion of their first album, Wu-Tang
Clan: Enter the 36 Chambers.
It was not until after the band
achieved notoriety in the music industry with the hit,C.R.E.A.M., that the
band revealed their true identities to the world.
groups in the past have broken up because of internal problems and
personality conflicts. Contemporary bands whose members have contributed
to a premature demise include: Death
Row Records, N.W.A., Soundgarden, Guns N'
Roses and House of
The Wu-Tang Clan, lead by the RZA, have safeguarded the
Clan's future by allowing individual band members to have solo music
careers in addition to their Wu-responsibilities.
Method Man and the RZA
released their last two solo projects exactly a week apart, showing
they are not afraid to compete on the music charts. In fact, not only are
the two artists' records competing for #1 atop the Hip-Hop charts, the RZA
appears in the video for the first single, Judgement Day, off of Method
Man's new release, T-2
The RZA followed Method Man's latest effort
with a revolutionary sound and style on his new album, Bobby Digital.
Wu-Tang Clan's last project, Wu-Tang Forever, the RZA said the group's
next collaborative effort will be in the year 2000. Considering the
Wu-Tang Clan's history, combined with current Wu-projects and recent
releases, the Wu-Tang Clan will remain a Shining Star in the Hip-Hop
community in the coming millenium.
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