Wu-Tang Clan (formed 1992)
Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group consisting of RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and Ol' Dirty Bastard.
Wu-Tang Clan: Formation
Wu-Tang Clan formed in Staten Island with RZA as the main leader and producer.
They were named after the film 'Shaolin and Wu Tang' which became a loose theme for their debut album.
They gained underground popularity with their debut single 'Protect Ya Neck' in 1993 but struggled to get signed due to the fact that the members still wanted to pursue solo careers.
They were finally signed with Loud/RCA records.
Wu-Tang Clan: Musical career
Wu-Tang Clan released their debut album 'Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' in 1993 and it became hugely successful.
The members almost immediately broke off into their own solo projects starting with RZA who created the side project Gravediggaz with Prince Paul, Frukwan and Poetic, releasing their first album, '6 Feet Deep', in 1994. RZA also produced Method Man's first solo album 'Tical' that same year.
Ol' Dirty Bastard released his debut solo venture 'Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version' in 1995 which was soon followed by Raekwon's 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...' and GZA's 'Liquid Swords'.
Ghostface Killah released his album, 'Ironman', in 1996. That year the group was on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD, 'America Is Dying Slowly' released to raise awareness of AIDS.
Wu-Tang Clan released their Grammy-nominated second album 'Wu-Tang Forever' in 1997 which opened at number one in the US.
Between 1999 and 2000, they worked on their solo projects again. RZA released 'Bobby Digital In Stereo', Method Man released 'Tical 2000: Judgement Day' and 'Blackout!', GZA had 'Beneath the Surface', Ol' Dirty Bastard came out with 'Nigga Please', U-God released 'Golden Arms Redemption', Raekwon unveiled 'Immobilarity', Ghostface Killah unleashed 'Supreme Clientele' and Inspectah Deck released 'Uncontrolled Substance'.
Despite the albums being mostly well-received, critics began to tire of the constant wave of material that was being released.
In 2000, they released 'The W' without Ol' Dirty Bastard, who was in prison. However, he did feature on 'Conditioner' with Snoop Dogg and some of his vocals were recorded over the phone.
Their single 'Gravel Pit' became a hit, and the album was certified double platinum.
Ol' Dirty Bastard escaped custody for the album release party but soon left fearing re-arrest. A week later he was re-arrested after signing autographs in McDonald's.
In 2001, they released 'Iron Flag' and Method Man embarked on an acting career appearing in the comedy 'How High'.
In 2004, U-God quit and released the DVD 'Rise of a Fallen Soldier' detailing reasons why including that RZA treated him badly. They did, however, reconcile and he rejoined the group.
Ol' Dirty Bastard was infamous for his criminal behaviour and was arrested for assault, shoplifting and drug possession to name but a few offenses. In 2001, he was sentenced to two to four years in prison.
In 2004, he collapsed and died at a recording studio prior to a reunion concert.
In 2009, his album 'A Son Unique' was released commemorating the 5th anniversary of his death.
In 2005, RZA released his book 'The Wu-Tang Manual', U-God released second album 'Mr. Xcitement' and GZA collaborated with DJ Muggs for 'Grandmasters'.
In 2006, Ghostface Killah released 'Fishscale' featuring the rest of the group in the song '9 Milli Bros'. Inspectah Deck also released an album that year called 'The Resident Patient', Masta Killa released 'Made in Brooklyn' and Method Man came out with '4:21... the Day After'.
Ghostface Killah released another album, 'The Big Doe Rehab', in 2007 but was upset that the group's next album '8 Diagrams' initially had the same release date before being pushed back to a later date.
In 2008, RZA released his album 'Digi Snacks' while GZA released 'Pro Tools'.
2009 proved to be another busy year with Raekwon unveiling his album 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II' after several delays, U-God releasing third solo album 'Dopium', Ghostface debuting his 'Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City' and RZA's 'Wu-Tang Chamber Music' featuring soul band The Revelations.
In 2010, a Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang album was released featuring mainly Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon and entitled 'Wu-Massacre'.
In 2008, they signed a deal with music company The Orchard to release their entire back catalogue worldwide digitally. Their documentary 'Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan' was also released directed by Gerald K. Barclay.
In 2009, a documentary on Ol' Dirty Bastard called 'Dirty: The Official ODB Biography' was released.
In 2011, Raekwon announced a new studio album was in the making, but its release seemed unlikely initially. However, they later announced that the album entitled 'A Better Tomorrow' would come out in 2013 during their 20th anniversary.
Throughout their career, Wu-Tang have been involved in various controversies involving the likes of 50 Cent, G-Unit, The Notorious B.I.G., Sean Combs, Mase and Joe Budden.
Wu-Tang Clan: Other career ventures
Wu-Tang Clan have appeared in various films and TV shows. Films they've appeared in include 1999's 'Black and White', 2003's 'Scary Movie 3' and 'Coffee and Cigarettes' while TV shows include 'Chappelle's Show' and 'The Larry Sanders Show'. Individually, they have appeared in various other movies and TV shows.
In 1995, a clothing line was released called Wu Wear.
Biography by Contactmusic.com
Wu-Tang Clan - A variety of hip hop artists performed live at the 2014 Source360 Festival which was held at the Barclays Center in New York City, New York, United States - Saturday 20th September 2014
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If you’re in need of cool internship to help the summer fly by, then the Wu-Tang Clan might just have the opportunity for you. The rap group’s management team have taken to Craigslist (of all places) to advertise for a ‘social network manager’ to help them beef up their online presence.
These guys could be your new work colleagues
We’ve got to admit that having ‘worked for the Wu-Tang Clan’ on your CV would be pretty impressive and at first glance the advertised job does sound pretty fun. The listing, which was posted 2 days ago on the classified site, lists ‘Wu-Tang Management Social Network Manager’ as the job title. The role will be based out of New Jersey (which rules us out) and appears to be a full time position, where we’re guessing you’ll end up immersed in that wacky Wu-Tang world.
The announcement came with a snippet of the album.
Cher has officially confirmed her guest appearance on Wu-Tang Clan’s upcoming album. According to Forbes, Cher will lend her iconic voice to two tracks on Wu-Tang’s upcoming “secret album,” The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shao Lin. The album is shrouded in mystery at this point and, in classic Wu Tang style, the hip hop group has kept mum about the project. The collaboration was announced by Cher’s rep, who said on Tuesday: “She recorded her parts separately, so I don't believe there was direct interaction.”
This will be Wu-Tang's first album since 2011.
In a video posted by Forbes on Tuesday, writer Zack O'Malley Greenberg traveled to Marrakesh, Morocco to "become the first civilian" to hear the album. Apparently Wu-Tang are making only one physical copy of the record, to be sold to the highest bidder. Tarik "Cilvaringz" Azzougarh, the album's producer, played one song on-camera. The track features Ghostfaced Killah, rapping over a fast beat with a high-pitched female vocal (not Cher) in the background. At the end of the track, Cher sings, "Wu-Tang, baby. They rock the world."
Continue reading: Most Unlikely Collaboration Of 2014? Cher on Wu-Tang's "Secret Album"
Wu-Tang Clan de facto leader RZA has spoken out about rapper Christ Bearer's attempted suicide.
Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA is just as in the dark about rapper Christ Bearer’s attempted suicide as the rest of the world. “It’s sad that it’s Wu-Tang affiliated,” RZA told XXLMag.com, “It’s like dirty press in a way. I want to know what the f*** moved him to do those things.”
RZA was able to offer no insight into Christ Bearer's attempted suicide
Christ Bearer, real name Andre Johnson, was discovered on a sidewalk in North Hollywood. He had allegedly cut off his own penis before jumping off a balcony in what is assumed to be an attempted suicide. Doctors were unable to reattach the rapper’s penis, but according to TMZ he is in a stable condition. Two of his rap co-collaborators, who live in the same building and were there during the incident, said that they hadn't been taking any drugs that could have influenced such an action.
Johnson is thought to have attempted suicide, involving the slicing of one particular body part.
Doctors have been able to reattach Andre Johnson's penis after he cut it off and jumped from a second story balcony in a widely reported suicide attempt on Wednesday. The Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper was rushed to L.A's Cedars-Sinai hospital where he is said to be safe but unfortunately will not be able to see his member successfully reattached, according to TMZ.
Wu-Tang Clan Have Disputed The Link With Rapper Andre Johnson.
Johnson, AKA Christ Bearer, is a member of the group Northstar, which was founded by Wu-Tang Clan member RZA. Apparently RZA hasn't done work with the group for several years and the hip hop collective has even gone as far as to distance itself from the rapper and his actions, sending out a now-deleted website post saying "Parental Advisory : Don't Believe The HYPE. This Mother F***er Ain't Got S**t to do with The WUTANG Brand," according to Gawker.
Continue reading: Rapper Andre Johnson's Member? It Can't Be Saved After Severance
Johnson's condition is stable, but mental illness is suspected.
Andre Johnson, a rapper affiliated with the Wu-Tang-Clan, has a little less Johnson in him after cutting off his penis on Wednesday. After doing the deed, the rapper jumped off the second story balcony of his North Hollywood apartment building. Johnson was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he is now recovering. Unfortunately, doctors could not save little Johnson in the process.
Johnson, AKA Christ Bearer's affiliation with the Wu-Tang brand has not been confirmed officially.
His condition is miraculously stable, according to TMZ. Johnson/Christ Bearer was not under the influence of illicit substances when he made the leap. The exact quote states that Johnson was not "on any hard drugs that would cause him to do such a thing." The few rappers, who were present at the disturbing scene report that Bearer might have mental issues, which led to the self mutilation. The jump is currently being treated as a suicide attempt, according to CNN.