Avowed students of the mental (or Shaolin) aspect of martial arts and Islam and rabid fans of kung-fu movies, Wu once again attaches an Afro-Asian discipline to the art of rhyming. Their shocking scenarios, inspired revelations, and tragic truths helps them maintain respect and support from their hard-core hip-hop fans while bringing in a wider, more mainstream field of admirers.
The Clan came together after trying to mount solo efforts, pooling their talent, resources and ideas. Although the original nine MC's are the immediate crew - RZA, Method Man, U-God, Inspektah Deck, Raekwon, Ghost Face Killa, ODB, Genius and Masta Killa - the Wu-Tang Clan apparently consists of more than 200 members, all from Staten Island.
In addition to Power and Raekwon, Method Man and Inspectah Deck appear in Black and White.
The group started by recording, marketing, promoting, and distributing their first single, Protect Ya Neck, which led to fame and a deal with Loud Records. With the now global success of their music, these hip-hop artists have expressed their entrepreneurial gifts with solo albums, a recording studio, a production company, a record label and a clothing label, Wu-Wear.
Having gone high-tech, their web site has become hip-hop's most accessed Internet address.
Wu-Tang Clan Facts