When a local groundbreaking Staten Island hip hop crew called Wu-Tang Clan made their 1993 debut with Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the grimy landmark proved to be an industry-shaking event. No one had ever seen anything remotely close to the likes of the Wu — a posse-deep, rhymes-for-days outfit that combined kung-fu flick mythology, 5 Percent Nation Muslim teachings, ‘hood-stamped bona fides, and sincere hip hop fanboy zeal. But the group’s left-field producer and musical leader, the RZA, had bigger plans for his mighty clique. The Wu would essentially corner the rap market, releasing an onslaught of exceptional solo statements by Clan members the RZA, Method Man, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon the Chef, the Genius, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and the final piece to the Shaolin puzzle, Cappadonna.
Rae recently released his sixth studio work, Fly International Luxurious Art, inspiring us to perilously rank all 50 solo Wu-Tang Clan albums. To make our lives less of a living hell, we set one important ground rule: Core Wu members only. That means the likes of Lord Superb, Shabazz the Disciple, a...
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