The Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from New York City, originally composed of
East Coast rappers RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa,
and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard.
In 2008, About.com ranked them the No. 1 greatest hip hop group of all time". 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.
Staten Island, New York City, New York, U.S.
RZA and Ol' Dirty Bastard adopted the name for the group after the film "Shaolin vs. Wu Tang"
(a 1983 Hong Kong film about the rivalry between the martial arts schools Shaolin and Wu Tang)
The group later developed acronyms to fit the the name,
"We Usually Take All Niggas' Garments"
"Witty Unpredictable Talent And Natural Game" and
"Wisdom of the Universe, and the Truth of Allah for the Nation of the Gods"
Ol' Dirty Bastard
(died in 2004)
in Staten Island, New York (1992) by cousins GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and The RZA
Easy Mo Bee
Kool G Rap
Method Man and Redman
Did You Know:
• Many group members derive their names from classic 1970s Hong Kong Kung-Fu films
• First hip hop act to have a clothing line
Wu Tang Clan Quotes
This girl I knew, she just freaked me out and I just lost my virginity like that [snaps his fingers]. I didn't last very long. I was like 15. It was at my folks' house. They didn't catch me. I did it slippery and slick.
Girls, when you walk down the street, just stay nasty. Please stay nasty for me because that's how I freak out. So stay nasty and be nasty and have a beautiful time.
Wu Tang Clan Awards
Source Hip Hop Award for Artist of the Year, Group
Source Awards for New Artist of the Year (Group) and Single of the Year ("Method Man").