Gary Grice (born August 22, ), better known by his stage names GZA and The Genius, is According to Method Man, "we form like Voltron and GZA happens to be the head". The album was met with positive reviews and sold well. science through hip hop, creating scientific raps and engaging in a rap competition. Rappers Method Man and Redman were among a handful of artists featured RELATED: Redman & Method Man Remember Meeting At Kris. Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from Staten Island, New York City, originally Method Man – who met RZA in after hearing a tape the producer recorded as Prince Rakeem – recalled: both rappers would downplay the incident: "It was one of them skits where we was looking at our competition.
There'd be RZA and his brother Devon on the decks. They was doing some wild shit, man. And Ol' Dirty was there and he'd echo every rhyme of RZA's while beatboxing'cos that was in style then. That was the beginning of Wu-Tang. Wu-Tang theme, dividing the album into Shaolin and Wu-Tang sections. Enter the Wu-Tang 36 Chambers and solo albums Wu-Tang Clan became known in following the release of the independent single " Protect Ya Neck ", which immediately gave the group a sizable underground following, especially after their tour with Kat Nu and Cypress Hill.
We reinvented the way hip hop was structured, and what I mean is, you have a group signed to a label, yet the infrastructure of our deal was like anyone else's [ So what do you wanna diversify? The Gravediggaz released 6 Feet Deep in Augustwhich became one of the best known works to emerge from hip hop's small subgenre of horrorcore. In November his solo album Tical was released. It was entirely produced by RZA, who for the most part continued with the grimy, raw textures he explored on 36 Chambers.
RZA's hands-on approach to Tical extended beyond his merely creating the beats to devising song concepts and structures. His debut album Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version was released in Marchand is considered a hip hop classic. Cuban Linx was a diverse, theatrical criminological epic that saw RZA move away from the raw, stripped-down beats of the early albums and towards a richer, cinematic sound more reliant on strings and classic soul samples.
The album is highly notable in that it revived, and expanded the Mafioso rap subgenre, which started to decline several years beforehand. Lavish living and the crime underworld are referenced throughout using quotes from the John Woo movie The Killerwith the mystique of the Wu-Tang Clan deepened by the adoption of crime boss aliases and the crew name Wu-Gambinos.
The album introduced a flurry of slang words to the rap lexicon, and many artists have gone on to imitate its materialism. Cuban Linx featured all but one Wu member, and featured the debut from Cappadonna. GZA's Liquid Swords had a similar focus on inner-city criminology akin to Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, but it was far darker, both in GZA's grim lyrics and in the ominous, foreboding production that saw RZA experimenting more with keyboards than ever before.
Liquid Swords features guest appearances from every Wu-Tang Clan member, and is linked together by excerpts from the movie Shogun Assassin. It initially started as a mere way to make money from the demand for bootleg Wu-Tang Clan shirts, and evolved into an extensive collection of designer garments. Soon, other hip hop artists were making similar ventures and by the mids, a clothing line was almost a prerequisite for hip hop superstardom, with clothing lines launched by Puff DaddyJay-ZBusta RhymesNellyLudacris50 Centand more.
The album struck a balance between the sinister keyboard-laden textures of Liquid Swords and the sentimental soul samples of Cuban Linx, while Ghostface himself explored new territory as a lyricist. Ironman was critically acclaimed and is still widely considered to be one of the best of Wu-Tang solo albums.
Wu-Tang Forever, diversification and second string of solo albums With their solo careers firmly established, the Wu-Tang Clan reassembled to release the highly anticipated Grammy-nominated multiplatinum double album Wu-Tang Forever in Junedebuting at number one on the Billboard Charts. This event was featured in a CNN roundup for the extraordinary sales the group achieved without a mainstream sound or commercial appeal.
The album's first single, " Triumph ", was over five minutes long, featured nine verses one from each member plus Cappadonna and excluding ODB who appeared on the intro and bridgeand no hook or a repeated phrase.
The group's lyrics differed significantly from those of 36 Chambers, with many verses written in a dense stream of consciousness form heavily influenced by the teachings of the Five Percent Nation. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album has sold over 8. Forever's success, RZA ceased to oversee all aspects of Wu-Tang product as he had done previously, delegating much of his existing role to associates such as Oliver "Power" Grant and his brother Mitchell "Divine" Diggs.
This move was designed to expand Wu-Tang's reach in the industry and take advantage of financial opportunities for the group. In keeping with this move, an array of Wu-Tang products both musical and otherwise were to be released over the next two years.
Following Wu-Tang Forever, the focus of the Wu-Tang empire largely shifted to the promoting of emerging affiliated artists. The group's close associate Cappadonna followed the group project with March 's The Pillage.
Soon after, Killah Priestanother close associate of the Clan, released Heavy Mental to great critical acclaim. The Swarm —a compilation album showcasing these and more Wu-affiliated artists, and including new solo tracks from the group members themselves.
The Swarm sold well and was certified gold. Second albums from Gravediggaz and Killarmy, as well as a greatest hits album and a b-sides compilation also eventually saw release. While this round was commercially successful, it was not as critically acclaimed as its predecessor. The second round of solo albums from Wu-Tang saw second efforts from the five members who had already released albums, as well as debuts from all the remaining members, with the exception of Masta Killa.
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Judgement Day and Blackout! RZA also composed the score for the film Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samuraidirected by Jim Jarmuschwhile he and other Wu-Tang members contributed music to a companion "music inspired by the film" album. The avalanche of Wu-Tang product between and was considered by some critics to have resulted in an oversaturation that was responsible for Wu-Tang's decline in popularity, or at least in critical regard during that time period.
The overall reception for the second round of Clan member solo albums was decidedly mixed if largely positive, and they did not live up to their pre Occasional albums would still receive critical acclaim Ghostface Killah's Supreme Clientele being one of them, is regarded as one of the best solo efforts from the Clan while Method Man and ODB remained popular in their own right as solo artists, and Wu-Tang remained as a well known force, but they had seemingly lost the ability to excite the music world in the way they had throughout the earlier, and mids.
Many fans and critics also bemoaned the lack of RZA's input on the post Forever solo albums, which were mostly produced by the Wu-Element producers, other lower-ranking affiliates, or by outside producers such as the Trackmasters or the Neptunes. ODB's vocals were recorded via the telephones used for inmates to talk with visitors, while in prison. The W was mostly well received by critics,  particularly for The RZA's production, and also gave the group a hit single with the uptempo " Gravel Pit ", part of a trilogy of videos where the group would visit different eras with a time traveling elevator, which also included "Protect Ya Neck The Jump Off " and "Careful Click, Click ", which were then followed by "I Can't Go to Sleep" featuring Isaac Hayes.
The album would go on to reach double platinum status.Meet the Man Who Beat 'Pac-Man'
Shortly before the release of The W, ODB escaped custody while being transported from a rehab center to a Los Angeles court and was considered a fugitive. At a record release party for The W, ODB appeared with his face hidden by an orange parka, and was not recognized until introduced to the crowd.
With police officers present outside, ODB performed briefly and then fled, fearing capture. Unaware of who was causing the commotion, the manager called the police. When the law arrived, ODB mistook them for fans until they drew their guns. ODB fled the facility, but was stopped while trying to start his vehicle. After presenting a fake ID, he admitted his real identity, and was arrested. Its crossover vibe and features, including Ron IsleyFlavor Flavand prominent producers Trackmastersmarked it as a lighter fare; while critically praised, it gained a less than stellar reputation with fans.
Group member Ghostface Killah would later denounce the record. While originally featured on the cover of Iron Flag, Cappadonna was airbrushed out of the artwork and absent from the album entirely. This may be related to tension that arose within the group when it was revealed that Cappadonna's manager was, or had been, a police informant, a revelation that also brought on the manager's subsequent firing.
Around this time Method Man began his acting career, along with close collaborator Redmanby starring in the stoner comedy film How High. A DVD titled Rise of a Fallen Soldier was released detailing his problems, which were mostly with his treatment by RZA, who he claimed had hindered his success as a solo artist.
The dispute culminated in a heated phone conversation between RZA and U-God on live radio, which ultimately saw the two reconcile. He has since returned to the group.
They embarked on a short European tour before coming together as a complete group for the first time in several years to headline the Rock the Bells festival in California. The concert was released on CD under the name Disciples of the 36 Chambers: Chapter 1and they also released a music-video greatest hits album, Legend of the Wu-Tang Clan. In lateOl' Dirty Bastard unexpectedly escaped near the end of his rehab sentence, spending one month on the run as a fugitive before showing up on stage at the record release party for The W in New York City.
He managed to escape the club but was later captured by police in Philadelphia and sent to New York to face charges of cocaine possession.
In Aprilhe was sentenced to two to four years in prison. The collaborative record received good reviews and played fairly well with fans, who by and large had been waiting to see the Wu step up the quality of their releases.
On March 28,Ghostface Killah released the street rap-oriented Fishscaleto much critical acclaim and some commercial success. The album also offered an expansion of Ghostface's traditional sound—precipitated by the moderately successful club song "Be Easy" and battle rhymes in the Just Blaze -produced "The Champ". After its reception from fans, label Def Jam asked Ghost to release another album that year; the result, More Fishexcited fans and critics somewhat less.
On June 25,Inspectah Deck released a street album entitled The Resident Patienta prelude to his upcoming album, titled The Rebellion, which is said to be his final solo album. Around this time, he was heavily featured in the media due to his displeasure with Def Jam's handling of his previous project.
Despite what the rapper felt to be little promotion compared to other Def Jam artists, Method Man also made the decision to fall back from Hollywood, and to only do acting work on films being handled by close friends. The summer of was the original release date scheduled for Raekwon's long-anticipated sequel to his debut Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, entitled Only Built 4 Cuban Linx The album was to be released on Dr. Ghostface Killah released his seventh full-length album The Big Doe Rehab in Decemberand exactly one week later, Wu-Tang released their fifth full-length group album, 8 Diagrams on Steve Rifkind's SRC Records whose now-defunct Loud Records released the group's four previous albums.
This album marked the inclusion of Cappadonna as an official member of the group. Wu-Tang" without RZA production. Almost a year later, U-God released his third solo album entitled Dopiumwhich features guest appearances from several Wu-Tang members, and affiliates, among others, and was met with mostly lukewarm reviews.
This music is totally in the chamber, or in the mind-frame of Wu-Tang like in the [Enter the Wu-Tang 36 Chambers ] days. But it's not a Wu-Tang album. The whole Clan's not on this album. But it couldn't be in any other category but Wu-Tang. II which features guest appearances from several big name artists, and Clan members, with Ghostface being the most prominent, and also production from RZA, Dr.
DrePete Rockand J Dillaamong others. Several weeks later, Ghostface released Ghostdini: Talk of the album Shaolin vs. Raekwon stated "[It'll] be alter egos challenging each other, really allowing RZA to fall back on the production and allowing us to give him a flashback memory to the things we know we need from the abbot [RZA]. We want him to be involved [with the album as an MC], but the concept was for him not to be involved production-wise.
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I want some feedback from the fans to see how they would take that. RZA produced tracks, some other outside producers, of course, and we gonna have Wu-Tang members on the album, but it'll be a Rae, Ghost and Meth album.
The title, as announced in three separate trailers directed by Rik Cordero promoting the upcoming release, is Wu-Massacre. El the Sensai Many ask how I be makin up my shit Like the format and how it don't match or fit I just, dig into the X-Files of styles Hittin while you're missin I'll prove that the child be on the different angles strangle those who wanna tangle With the, Flexi With the Technique ripper El the, Sensai what the men say in the back?
Every single one of us survive at the expense of other living things. Although our very existence contradicts our effects our struggle is still relevant in relieving the burdens that we create, but our involvment is based on individual beliefs and ambitions. Hope needs to be nurtured, compassion and understanding will not grow out of scrutiny.
Encouragement and tolerance is the only way that activism will evolve from indifference. Sway me Cause to profit off of shit that aches me is actually pretty wavy I'm painting the perfect picture Only perfect cause the imperfections are highlighted To gross currency off of that kinda sickness Changes the meaning of mind my business Giving what was given to me So the soldiers come over unsober And call me Yoda instead of Joseph I be like "why they come to me for advice?
Or is grandpa too old for you to give a shit? Let's switch the shit, give you my predicament Wonder how you would feel if I was telling yours live with it And it's traveling to his heart soon Of course it all hit me like a harpoon I was in shock and then it was all clearer When he called me and asked me to be his pallbearer I was floored But then the next second was back To being self-centered, self-absorbed And it became about me, fought it off long enough I could help carry your weight, but I ain't strong enough But why do I have to be?
This the shit I be naturally asking me, I'm such a catastrophe See me breaking down with my father in back of me So for me to attend, I'm trying to think of a strategy But I'm happy for my dad He was incarcerated, but his mama didn't make it So for him to get that chance again with you Means the world, he could be there til it end for you and me I bleed out through this pen for you Can't carry this around, gotta vent, it's due Cause now, grandpa'll be closer to his wife Have cards when I come, we playing poker in the sky Bounce Wit Me Eightball "Lost" [Featuring Redman] [Redman Talking] You are now witnessing the effects of the BUDDHA!
Yo yo yo yo yo yo yo yo yo yo yo yo [Redman] Redman kick through your door Liquidated then I come through your pores Think the track is bleedin' get at the gauze Mix fidgit 'fore I rip it in four's Look at my face you can tell that I'm slick The blunt excersize 10 in the clip Y'all niggaz ready for the un conterfit? D-O, dot, bee-bo, tuck in your shit That bogus holder of the sticky dolja Got me appearing on the wanted poster It's like when your body get caught on rotor's Wnen I snap like strings through boat motors My kitchen fridge look like Jeffery Dahmer's Boys screamin' for mama from the drama My hunger for hip-hop got my gun up Yo EightBall, hit the marijuana [EightBall] Yeah, yeah EightBall blazin' the hay And hella pound almost everyday Real playas run the game that they play That's why I'm doin' it the playa way I say, dope rhyme's, potent and real Showin' skills all my homies can feel Smile at you see the name on my grill Cut the track up let me show you the deal I be twisted with that Redman We get it all, cookin' dope makin' bread man I got the Eagle full of hollow tipped lead man Hear what I said man?
Can all that weak noise I write, busta go and get your little weak boys You know what bring a player joy? Playin' with them glock toys See I avoid all suckas trippin' Full of liquor, actin' like a bunch of women lippin' Interested in what I be grippin' Dippin' in the Benz zippin' Pass all you haters fakin' Runnin' round seein' real players imitatin' Breakin' concentration, all up in my situation Hay blazin' Chorus: Get y'all shit together Coffee Shoppe we with whatever EightBall stay high forever Yo Doc, keep it tucked under my lever We here to keep the party live Smoke hay till we chinky eyed Wanna brawl?