The Wu-Tang Clan is a very influential hip-hop group that originates from Staten Island, New York. The group originally consisted of 9 members: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and Ol' Dirty Bastard (ODB) Another rapper who wasn't originally in Wu-Tang Clan but does feature alot of tracks with them is Cappadonna. The group is as said from Staten Island to which they refer as Shaolin Island, some members are from other parts of New York though (Brooklyn and The Bronx)
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The Wu-Tang Clan was formed in 1992, the name was taken from a movie called Shoalin and Wu Tang.
Their first succes was in 1993 with the single Protect Ya Neck. The members that were in the Wu-Tang Clan had a solo career too.
They released their first album called Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in 1993. This album is still now considered as one of the greatest Hip-Hop albums of all time.
RZA formed a new group as a side-project called the Gravediggaz. They released their first album 6 Feet Deep in 1994. This album became the best-known album in the sub-genre 'Horrorcore'.
Method Man was the first member to release a solo-album. This album is called Tical and released in 1994. The album was fully produced by RZA.
The next member was Ol' Dirty Bastard, he released the solo-album Return to the 36 Chamber: The Dirty Version in 1995, this album is considered a Classic.
In the summer of 1995, the first album by Raekwon called Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... was released. It was also very well received. The album was about criminological subject and was a Mafioso Rap (sub-genre of Hip-Hop) album.
Also in 1995, GZA's Liquid Swords album was released. This album would turn out to be one of the most significant and well received solo projects.
A year later in 1996, Ghostface Killah released his album called Ironman. Ironman is still widely considered as one of the best Wu-Tang solo albums.
Alot of tracks on all these solo albums were produced by RZA and there were alot of features by Wu-Tang members.
The Wu-Tang Clan members had their solo careers succesfully developed and they would release a new Wu-Tang Clan album which was highly anticipated. The album Wu-Tang Forever was released in 1997. The album became a multiplatinum album and was nominated for multiple grammys.
Alot of affiliates of the Wu-Tang Clan released their albums too. (affiliates like: Killah Priest, Popa Wu, 4th Disciple etc.)
There was a second round of solo-albums, commercially they all sold very well but not as critically-acclaimed as their previous albums. They made another Wu-Tang Clan album called The W in 2000.
Another Wu-Tang Clan album was released called Iron Flag in 2001, it featured alot of MC's and producer's outside of the Wu-Tang clan.
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Wu-Tang Clan's fifth album named 8 Diagrams was released in 2007. Alot of solo albums by members and affiliated have been released troughout the years.
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Wu-Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)
Wu-Tang Clan - Da Mystery of Chessboxin'
Wu-Tang Clan - Cash Still Rules/Scary Hours
Wu-Tang - Triumph
Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow
Wu-Tang Clan - Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)
Wu-Tang Clan - Uzi (Pinky Ring)
Wu-Tang Clan - Wolves
Some great tracks from the first solo-albums:
Method Man - Bring The Pain
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
Raekwon - Criminology (Feat. Ghostface Killah)
GZA - Liquid Swords
Ghostface Killah - Poisonous Darts