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
Want a cool internship? Not fussed about getting paid? We may have found the role for you.
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.
Before the Wu Tang Clan release their's here's some other very rare and very valuable releases.
So it looks like there's no hope of us getting our hands on a copy of the Wu Tang Clan's new album‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’, since only one is being released. The rap group are trying to bring back the idea that music is a form of art, by making something incredibly rare and very unatainable. Whilst an interesting idea, it got us wondering what other extremley rare records are out there? Well we found these five, but understandably they weren't in our personal collection.
Are you lucky enough to have a copy of Foo Fighter's 'The One'?
Foo Fighters 'The One' (2002)
Continue reading: Wu-Tang Clan and Five Other Rare Records You Won't Own
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's was the split nobody saw coming this week, as Kate Bush's tour sells out and Joan Rivers stuck the knife into Lena Dunham.
Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Split: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin announced this week that they were splitting up. Well, instead they described their split as a "conscious uncoupling," a phrase that drew scorn and mockery from the internet. The pair had reportedly been testing their separation for a year and finally decided to go public. In an entry on the Iron Man star's website, the couple explained that being parents to their two children was the priority for them right now.
L'Wren Scott's Will: The last will and testament of the late fashion designer L'Wren Scott has been made public. The former model was found hanged in her Manhattan apartment on Monday 17th March whilst her boyfriend, Mick Jagger, was on tour with the Rolling Stones. Jagger is the only named beneficiary in L'Wren's will, with her adoptive siblings explicitly denied any of her $9 million estate. Scott's sister, Jan Shane, has lashed out at the Jagger's for turning the designer's death into a "media circus" - read about what else she had to say.
The one copy will be held in a special box in Morocco.
The legendary hip hop collective, The Wu Tang Clan, have approached the release of their new – and secretly recorded – album in a slightly different manner to that of the mainstream artists today. In a bid to highlight the lack of respect for music as an art form, one copy of Once Upon A Time In Shaolin will be made, released and sold.
The Wu Tang Clan perform at Virgin Mobile Festival
The price will, of course, represent the extremely rare status of the album and reach millions of dollars, but the message remains the same. In doing this, the ‘Tang’ have equated their 31-song double-album works usually found in museums and galleries; the works of the impressionists and unique, priceless artefact of culture.
'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin' is the rap group's attempt to create a piece of art within the music industry. "We're about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music."
The Wu-Tang Clan are on the verge of finishing 'A Better Tomorrow', which will be a follow up from 2007's '8 Diagrams', and will serve as the rap group's 20th anniversary celebration.
The Wu-Tang Clan have been working on a secret double LP
In the midst of this, the New York based group have been working on a new unknown project, a double-album called, 'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,' which They have been working on in secret for the past six years.
Continue reading: Rap Legends Wu-Tang Clan To Release One Copy Of Secret Double LP
Drake's third album released, we round-up the critical opinion.
Three albums in and Drake has firmly found his place within the rap world. Not only does his latest record, Nothing Was The Same, deliver a self-assured sound and confident lyrics but it also marks a turning point for the rapper as he looks back and muses upon his rise to fame.
Drake Delivers A Solid Third Effort.
The album's lead single 'Started From The Bottom' is the most obvious rags-to-riches tune. Suitably anthemic for radio, the rap delivers some incisive lyrics about fame and fortune and has also had a rather funny music video released alongside.
Breakaway will hit Texas for its second weekend with Empire of the Sun playing yet again.
Breakaway Festival will very soon arrive in Texas bringing music of all genres to the 21,000 capacity FC Dallas Stadium this weekend (September 21st 2013).
Aussie glam-pop twosome Empire of the Sun will headline the event for the second time, having previously performed alongside Bassnectar and Kendrick Lamar at the Breakaway in Columbus, Ohio last weekend (September 14th 2013). Memphis rapper Juicy J and Spanish DJ Danny Avila are the only other two acts to return for a second run, and they will be joined by hip hop legends Wu-Tang Clan, indie couple Matt & Kim and - Justin Bieber's bestie - rapper Lil Twist.
Continue reading: Breakaway Comes To Dallas Tomorrow With The Return Of Empire Of The Sun
Q: What do you get if you leave 55,000 people on the Isle Of Wight for four days in September?
A: Possibly the messiest weekend of excess on the UK's summer festival calendar.
Having become the official closing party to the summer's festivities that started back in May at Brighton's Great Escape, Rob De Bank's Bestival shindig has developed a life of its own in recent years. Growing to over five times the size of its inaugural 2004 event, Bestival can boast at being one of the few music festivals where the line-up is often secondary in the eyes of many revellers. Described as a "boutique Glastonbury" by some, it's become one of the most prominent names on the calendar, which is testament to its creator and his team of organisers in building and maintaining such a prestigious gathering.
Continue reading: Bestival 2013 - Live Review
The late rappers can till draw a crowd
Ol' Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E (aka Russell Jones and Eric Wright) will play Rock The Bells, it has been confirmed. We know what you’re saying, ‘how can they do that? They’re dead.’ You’re right, but they’ll be performing via hologram – get with the times.
Rock The Bells, a touring hip-hop festival that features classic artists as well as fledging talents, will make the East Rutherford track its home, celebrating its tenth anniversary with a day at the races. Instead of fillies racing, it’ll be rappers performing – some of them posthumously. Of course, this isn’t the first time a dead rapper has performed live in hologram form. The Tupac hologram debuted at Coachella last year, but wasn’t as warmly received as first thought.
Continue reading: Ol' Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E To Play 'Rock The Bells' In Hologram Form