Raekwon – Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang

MStaten Island Hip Hop | Hanz On Musicy experience with Raekwon has been limited I will admit. I’m a huge fan of Wu-Tang Clan’s “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”, and I have listened to his last album “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II” only a handful of times. Other than that “Shaolin vs Wu-Tang” is kind of my first true experience with Raekwon. The album starts out with the classic audio clips from old Wu-Tang karate movies, a little thrill ride to get your blood pumping for the rest of the tracks. Method Man and Ghostface Killah are the first two appearances made and they make the first half of this album for me. They both are artists with true skill in my book and what they bring to Shaolin vs Wu-Tang is invaluable to it’s success (Method Man appears on “Every Soldier in the Hood” and “From The Hills”, and Ghostface on “Silver Rings”, “Rock N Roll”, and “Molasses”. Continue reading

Wu-Tang Clan Mixtapes Inspired A Generation Of Rap Fans

wu-tang clan mixtapes have inspired a generation

If someone ever sets out to list the most important names in hip hop, it is difficult to imagine that their list would not include Wu-Tang Clan. This super group has released some of the biggest hip hop songs that the industry has known, proving amazing staying power in a difficult game. Wu-Tang Clan mixtapes have helped inspire an entire generation of DJs and artists.

Like many other groups, mixtapes are the way that these rappers first got their music out to the fans. In 1993, they released the independent single “Protect Ya Neck,” which became a huge underground hit in the hip hop community. It even led to a tour with superstars Cypress Hill, which helped them get the attention they needed.

Once the offers started coming in for major record deals, the group had trouble finding a label that would sign them as a group but allow the members to create independent rap mixtapes. Finally, they made an agreement with RCA Records and got to work on their first major release. Their debut album, “Enter The Wu-Tang” was a huge hit and set the tone for their amazing career.

In the years that followed, Wu-Tang Clan became one of the most influential groups in all of hip hop music. Wu-Tang Clan mixtapes became a favorite for DJs who wanted to show off their style with some truly amazing rap. They were named the fifth best hip hop group of all time by MTV, and have topped similar lists by other publications.

Wu-Tang Clan mixtapes helped to set off their amazing career, and have helped them to stay in the public eye over many years. Without them, they may not have been able to have the amazing impact that they have had on the rap industry. Regardless of who else may come onto the scene in the future, nobody will be able to touch the legacy of Wu-Tang Clan.

Ari Allon

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Wu-Tang Clan – A Rich Look into the History of Staten Island Hip Hop

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Wu-Tang Clan is a gritty American rap group founded in, and mostly hailing from, Staten Island, New York. The group is comprised of nine original members from the New York City boroughs of Staten Island, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Wu-Tang Clan’s original members are: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Quasi-member Cappadonna is sometimes included as a founding member. Continue reading