How has Wu Tang Clan influenced todays music?
I need to know how Wu has influenced todays music.
- 9 years agoBest Answer
When considering the overall success of a musical group there is many factors that need to be considered. There is the talent of the individual members; the influence on other musicians and the affect they have on the popular culture. Most people will instantly place groups like ‘The Beatles’ and ‘The Rolling Stones’ in the category of the most successful groups ever. One group has had a similar, albeit more genre specific influence; the Wu Tang Clan. This group of hip hop artists changed the landscape of urban music. The innovations they provided are still rippling through the music industry. The new documentary ‘Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan’ by Gerald Barclay examines this group; its formation, rise to popularity and lasting influences. Even if you are not into this particular type of music this is a story that will hold your interest. This is the American dream being played out in real life. A group of nine young men came from a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York to international acclaim by redesigning the music scene. You have to admire the tenacity of this group as they worked to get to the top of their chosen field. This is not a glossed over fluff piece. It gives a hard nosed look at the group with al their foibles and failures that they have encountered. The documentary has made the rounds in a few independent film festivals here and in England and has picked up a few awards there along the way.
Gerald Barclay is one of the up coming young directors on the scene today. He has two other works on his resume so far; a drama ‘Bloody Streetz’ and a documentary ‘Liberia: The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here’. He also paid his dues as an archivist for the documentary ‘Biggie and Tupac’. He has an excellent style of presenting the information here but one thing that has to be kept in mind; this is an ‘official authorized’ documentary. This translates to some of the darker moments are glossed over more than a bit. There is also so much information that many of the aspects of this group you may be most interested in are not handled with the depth that you might like. Part of this may have been a conscious decision on the part of Mr. Barclay not to pander to those only interested in the sensationalistic aspects of the members of this group. There has been a lot in the tabloid press and other like minded films that much of this has been dragged through the sight of the audience all too much. The focus here appears to be the overall arc the lives of the members took. There was violence and a lot of controversy and it is mentioned just not concentrated on.
The group started in Brooklyn in the early nineties. The original core members were three cousins; Robert Diggs (RZA), Gary Grice (GZA) and Russell Jones (Ol' Dirty Bastard or ODB). The three formed ‘Force of the Imperial Master’ later known as ‘All Together Now’ and started to make singles. They became an underground hit in Brooklyn and Staten Island. The moved along to Miami where they picked up momentum and eventually went on to solo projects. In 1993 they would reunited under the name Wu Tang Clan. Joining the original three were Ghostface Killah (Dennis Coles), Inspectah Deck (Jason Hunter), Masta Killa (Elgin Turne), Method Man (Clifford Smith), Raekwon (Corey Woods) and U-God (Lamont Hawkins). As you can infer from the name of the group the members were fascinated with Asia culture especially the martial arts flicks.
From there he shows how the group rose in popularity. It provided a new sound that first swept over the residents of New York and then on to the nation. With this many volatile and talented people in one group there was bond to be conflicts in temperament and creative focus. They would go on their own only to rejoin the group again. One event would change the group; the death by drug overdose of ODB. By then rivalries and feuds were pervasive in the group. The film has many previously unseen interviews with the group and the people who knew them best. There is a first person feel to this movie that works extremely well here. This was one of the first hip hoop groups to manage to transcend racial lines. Their audiences were from all walks of life. In the end it was the factors that made them a success that broke them apart. They were ambitious and driven which is a great thing to have but also makes it difficult to work on a collaborative effort.
- Anonymous9 years ago
RZA's production would be the biggest contribution of Wu-Tangs to hip hop music. His production style of minimalistic sampling popularized sped up chipmunk samples and inspired producers like Kanye and Alchemist, and anyone who uses that format. Another thing would be a darker side to hip hop, which probably influence most Horror core. Certain Wu Tang songs have a very dark ambiance to them, especially some of Tical by Method Man.
- Anonymous9 years ago
I'm not even gonna read that long azz paragraph, but I'll tell you what I know. They pretty much influenced the genre in every single way.
RZA's hardcore (and later symphonic) sound(s) and soul sampling techniques influenced pretty much every single producer that came after him. His production caused artists like Kanye West and Cunninlynguists to come around.
The rappers updated Rakim's rhyming technique and brought new charismatic flows to the table, every single one of them's originality and talent shtted on every single other rapper of their generation. They set a new standard to lyricism and power in rap.
Their personalities influenced many rappers today as well, each of them expressing what they wanted to, from ODB and Method Man's chaotic fun to Rae and GFK's more violent demeanors. Every single one of them had a unique character to their person, and that was revolutionary as well.
The loose organization of the group was unprecedented. Almost all the rappers went and signed to a different label, and created albums on them.
Lastly...Wu-Tang were the first to have a clothing line. Now almost all popular rappers have their own styles.
- Anonymous9 years ago
They helped Immortal Technique, Low Key and other underground lyrically Genius rappers distinguish them self from just bibber and gay *** lil wayne.