It’s hard to overemphasize the Wu-Tang effect. The Clan and their music was inescapable in New York City in the 90s. “Cash rules everything around me, dolla dolla bill y’all” was the anthem blasted from street corners across the city. It resonated in a place afflicted by both high poverty and immense wealth. 25 years later the sentiment still resonates today — making Wu’s music both timeless and timely. The names of the group’s members are as iconic as their songs: RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killa, Method Man, Masta Killa, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Cappadonna. Wu became a dominant force musically releasing waves of group albums as well as solo projects by its members. Songs like C.R.E.A.M., Method Man, Triumph, Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit, Bring Da Ruckus, Protect Ya Neck, Uzi among many others reflect an influence of comic books, kung fu movies and soul music. Their music often features tongue-in-cheek rhymes delivered defiantly in a raw stream of consciousness-like flow. “Hey, you, get off my cloud! You don’t know me and you don’t know my style Who be gettin’ flam when they come to a jam? Here I am, here I am, the Method Man Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, hey, the Method Man Don’t eat Skippy, Jif or Peter Pan Peanut butter ’cause I’m not butter In fact I snap back like a rubber… band I be Sam, Sam-I-Am And I don’t eat green eggs and ham Style will hit ya, wham! Then goddamn You… [Read full story]
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