Legendary hip-hop group from Staten Island, New York. The nine key members are:Clifford Smith (2) AKA Method ManCorey Woods AKA RaekwonDennis Coles AKA Ghostface KillahElgin Turner AKA Masta KillaGary Grice AKA Genius, The / GZAJason Hunter (2) AKA Inspectah DeckLamont Hawkins AKA U-GodRobert Diggs AKA RZARussel Jones AKA Ol' Dirty BastardDirty Bastard passed away in 2004, so the group is now down to eight members.Some may still argue Cappadonna is a member of the group, but Wu-Tang Clan was always known as 'The Nine Generals', and that doesn't include him because it would bring the number of members to 10. What makes people think he is a member of Wu-Tang Clan, is the fact that he had his own photography alongside the other members' in the booklet of the group's third album, "The W". He actually rapped on two tracks of this album.There are also a number of affiliated groups and artists, typically produced by The RZA, and other Wu-Tang producers such as 4th Disciple, True Master, and Allah Mathematics.
Wu-Tang Clan is a New York City rap group with the MCs/Producers RZA, GZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, U-God, and Masta Killa hailing from Staten Island, Brooklyn and Bronx. They have gone on to become multi-platinum record producers, Grammy winners, TV and film stars, screenwriters, product spokespersons, business owners and, most recently, major motion picture composers. The Clan featured nine MCs until the death of Ol' Dirty Bastard in 2004.
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The Wu-Tang Clan is an American East Coast hip hop group from Staten Island, New York that consists of rappers RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard. They are frequently joined by fellow childhood friend Cappadonna, a quasi-member of the group. They were formed in (and are associated with) the New York City borough of Staten Island (U-God, Method Man, RZA, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon) (referred to by members as "Shaolin"), though some of their members are from Brooklyn (Ol Dirty Bastard, GZA and Masta Killa).
They have introduced and launched the careers of affiliated artists and groups, often collectively known as the Wu-Tang Killa Bees, and in 2008, About.com ranked them the No. 1 greatest hip hop group of all time, and stated "No weapon in hip-hop history can rival the chaotic cohesion of the Wu-Tang Clan. The Clan had so many characters, each with his own eccentricities. They were fearless in their approach. There's a good reason no group has been able to successfully recreate their sound. The crew spawned countless loosely associated acts. Their classic albums spawned classic albums." Kris Ex of Rolling Stone called Wu-Tang Clan "the best rap group ever." In 2004, NME hailed them as one of the most influential groups of the last ten years.