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Taking inspiration from martial arts movies, the members of Wu-Tang Clan named themselves after a fictional sect of Chinese swordsmen.
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January 4, 2011 There had been large groups in hip-hop before, but none featured nine different rappers, as the Wu-Tang Clan did when it made its debut in 1993. Creating a cohesive group out of nine individuals requires discipline and imagination.
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April 22, 2009 The Charmels' single "As Long as I've Got You" didn't garner much attention when it was first released in 1967. A small snippet of the song, however, now stands as one of The Wu-Tang Clan's most recognizable hooks. Follow the 40-year life cycle of the pop song, from historical footnote to fan favorite.
December 3, 2008 From its very first single in 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan brought a hyperactive, slang-driven and wildly popular brand to rap. Now, a new documentary portrays the rise and ongoing struggles of hip-hop's first empire.
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June 9, 2008 Hip-hop fans who play chess can now head to a new online social network site called WuChess. Music and chess have a mathematical rhythm and flow that make them similar, says The RZA, a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan who also backs the new site.
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December 24, 2007 This wasn't the strongest year for hip-hop, but 2007 still featured some excellent releases that pushed the genre's boundaries, as well as a few records that reveled, old-school style, in great beats and rhymes.
December 11, 2007 Wu-Tang Clan is back, Green Day might be giving it up for free, and the Walk Hard soundtrack lives up to the hype. Esquire music critic Andy Langer talks through the latest music releases and news on this New Music Tuesday.
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September 2, 2005 One of the founding members of the kung-fu-meets-hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan, The RZA also has written film scores, including those for Kill Bill and Ghost Dog, and a book called The Wu Tang Manual. (This interview originally aired March 7, 2005.)
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