It’s an acronym. The name means Witty Unpredictable Talent And Natural Game.


There are 10 members. The group got together in 1992, consisting of three cousins, de facto leader and producer RZA, GZA, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, along with Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Method Man, U-God, Masta Killa, and Inspectah Deck.


New York, USA


The year was 1993, when a nine-man group from Staten Island in New York would change the face of hip-hop – and the rest of the music industry – forever.

As avid martial arts fans, they called themselves Wu-Tang Clan, after the 1983 movie Shaolin and Wu-Tang, and their sound was revolutionary. It was raw and grimy, laced with kung-fu movie-grabs with explicit, tongue-in-cheek lyrics over dusty, distorted soul samples.

It sounded like nothing ever heard before and it ushered in an East Coast revival at a time when the West Coast sound was largely populating the radio. Wu-Tang’s monumental debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is considered one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, and the group is held as one of the most influential hip hop groups in history. There is even a street in New York named after them.


Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Released: November 9, 1993
Label: Loud

Wu-Tang Forever
Released: June 3, 1997
Label: Loud

The W
Released: November 21, 2000
Label: Columbia

Iron Flag
Released: December 18, 2001
Label: Columbia

8 Diagrams
Released: December 11, 2007
Label: SRC

A Better Tomorrow
Released: December 2, 2014
Label: Warner Bros.

Once Upon a Time in Shaolin
Released: November 25, 2015
Label: EZCLZIV Scluzay


Their seminal first release in 1993 peaked at number 41 on the US Billboard 200 chart, despite its lo-fi, underground quality, and two years later it was certified Platinum. The anthemic C.R.E.A.M. (“Cash Rules Everything Around Me”) was released as a single in 1994, and went gold.

RZA’s original sampling technique changing pitch and speed would shape hip-hop production for years to come, inspiring the likes of Jay-Z, Nas, and Kanye West.

Aside from their sound, what allowed them to reign supreme was the group’s pioneering business approach. They had managed to negotiate a record deal with Loud Records, which allowed them the freedom to sign solo deals with other record labels, and take the Wu-Tang name with them.

It was a strike of genius, the nine talented MCs artists in their own right, spawning dozens of solo careers, promoting numerous other artists, and making millions in album sales, whilst growing the Clan’s momentum.

Why did Wu Tang break up?

Wu-Tang Clan, a renowned hip-hop group, has not officially broken up. However, the group has experienced internal conflicts and periods of inactivity over the years. Here are some factors that have contributed to the group's dynamics and occasional rifts:

Creative Differences: Wu-Tang Clan consists of multiple talented and strong-willed individuals, each with their own artistic visions. Over time, creative differences and clashes of egos have arisen, leading to tension within the group.

Business Disputes: Financial matters and disputes over royalties and contracts have been known to cause disagreements within Wu-Tang Clan. These issues can strain relationships and contribute to friction between group members.

Solo Careers: Many members of Wu-Tang Clan have pursued successful solo careers alongside their work with the group. The pursuit of individual projects can sometimes lead to conflicts of interest and scheduling conflicts, causing strain within the collective.

Personal Issues: Like any group of individuals, Wu-Tang Clan members have personal lives and responsibilities that can affect their ability to collaborate consistently. Personal conflicts, lifestyle differences, and other external factors can strain the group's unity.

Despite these challenges, Wu-Tang Clan has managed to come together for various reunions, performances, and album releases throughout the years. The group's influence and legacy remain significant in the world of hip-hop, even though their collective output has been sporadic.

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