The other night I was watching a documentary on Wu-Tang. I had no idea how instrumental to the hip-hop industry they were. All 9 artist released solo albums with various success. Most were household names when ODB died in 2004. RZA, GZA, Raekwon, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Method Man, Masta Killah, and of course Ol’ Dirty Bastard revolutionized the way hip-hop was recorded and left a gigantic mark on the world.
Hundreds of folks affiliated with Wu-Tang infiltrate hip-hop. All got started with Wu-Tang! I remember when 36 Chambers came out…it was after the summer I graduated high school and I was working at Sears. It fueled my obsession with Shaw Brothers films as well as carry me deeper into the love of hip-hop.
Then there was Wu-Tang Forever, I used to listen to this album daily as I drove to work. I love “As high as Wu-Tang get.” Kwai Chang Dave and I would listen to the album and pretend to do kung fu shite on each other.
There is a method to the madness! Wu-Tang…I am glad I rediscovered their albums. I pray I do not lose them again. There is a deep spirituality present in their music…one might say it is even prophetic.