“Every time I stepped into madness of the crowds, I longed for the wisdom of the loneliness.“ — Mehmet Murat Ildan “Why don’t you write about rap anymore?”
This originally appeared on I Hate JJ Redick on February 3, 2012 “What RZA put together let no man tear asunder.” I would argue the Wu-Tang Clan the most influential hip-hop collective outside of possibly Run-DMC. It’s more than just music, chess, and karate flicks. It’s a way of life and almost a religion. For proof, lookContinue reading “From the Vault: The Wu-Tang Paradox”
With his sophomore disc, Ghostface Killah threw the Clan on his back and reached his apotheosis “Walk with me like Dorothy” It was over.
It’s no secret that I’m a Wu-Tang Clan superfan. I know obscure trivia about the group. I have their logo on my coffee mug. I own old issues of The Source and XXL with the group on the cover. I also own items like the “Protect Ya Neck” cassette single, the “C.R.E.A.M.” single on vinyl, andContinue reading “The Most Unique Book in History: Ghostface Killah’s “The World According to Pretty Toney””
Below is a list I created in November, 2013, in honor of the 20th anniversary of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). It was published on Medium and then republished by Hip Hop Golden Age. In honor of today – November 9, 2018 – being the 25th anniversary of the release of that album, I chose toContinue reading “The Top 20 Wu-Tang Albums”
If it’s going to take years for something to happen, it better be worth the wait. With that in mind, for my first podcast appearance, I was lucky to have the opportunity to talk about my absolutely favorite album, Wu-Tang Forever.
If a (supposedly) new Wu-Tang Clan album doesn’t move the needle the way it once did, it’s largely because it’s easy to be skeptical about new material coming out of Shaolin.
“Reunited, double LP, world excited” It wasn’t just an album release. It was an event.
They’re the dynamic duo of hip-hop.
At some point, Wu-Tang Clan became known more as an entity – a thing – than simply music.