Wu-Tang Clan

Formed 1992.
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Wu Tang Clan backstage with Semtex!

Semtex speaks to Wu Tang Backstage as he supports the legendary Hip Hop Crew around the UK on Tour.

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Biography

The Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from New York City, originally composed of East Coast rappers RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard. The group was formed in (and is associated with) the New York City borough of Staten Island (U-God, Method Man, RZA, Ghostface Killah, and Raekwon) (referred to by members as "Shaolin"), though some of their members are from Brooklyn (Ol Dirty Bastard, GZA, and Masta Killa). They are frequently joined by fellow American rapper and childhood friend Cappadonna, a quasi-member of the group.

They have introduced and launched the careers of affiliated artists and groups, often collectively known as the Wu-Tang Killa Bees, and in 2008, About.com ranked them the No. 1 greatest hip hop group of all time, and stated "No weapon in hip-hop history can rival the chaotic cohesion of the Wu-Tang Clan. The Clan had so many characters, each with his own eccentricities. They were fearless in their approach. There's a good reason no group has been able to successfully recreate their sound. The crew spawned countless loosely associated acts. Their classic albums spawned classic albums." Kris Ex of Rolling Stone called Wu-Tang Clan "the best rap group ever." In 2004, NME hailed them as one of the most influential groups of the last ten years.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Legendary Weapons

    Legendary Weapons 2011

    Reviewed by Daniel Ross
    The Clan sounds lean, experienced and relaxed on a recommended new collection.
  2. Review of Return of the Wu: Mixed by Mathematics

    Return of the Wu: Mixed by Mathematics 2010

    Reviewed by Adam Kennedy
    A mix of old and new that hits robustly yet classily, like a fine malt.
  3. Review of 8 Diagrams

    8 Diagrams 2007

    Reviewed by Eamonn Stack
    8 Diagrams sounds more suited to the back seat of cinema than the front seat of an...
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