Old School Fridays: Favorite Band
Is Wu-Tang Clan a band? Let’s say that they are, at least in that “band of merry Negroes” sense a la Robin Hood. Otherwise I’d have to bore you with my nerdy superfan obsession with Queen and the life of Freddie Mercury. The Wu is way more intriguing for these purposes, especially since they straddle the line between what is old school and what is contemporary. You know you’re an old head if you think Wu-Tang is a group; you’re a young jawn if you think its a dance. As a grown woman, I looooove me some Wu and always will. There’s never been anyone quite like them – part martial arts, part hood, part insanity, and all grit.
Last night I went to a hip-hop show and one of those young boys had on one of those young sweatshirts that the kids are wearing. It looked just like those red, black, and white “D.A.R.E.” shirts from back in the day but instead it said “C.R.E.A.M.” The kid was probably no more 5 years old back in ’93 when Wu’s debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), came out with this single. Wu endures.
Did you know that there are 300 artists that consider themselves Wu-Tang affiliates? Out of all of those dudes, the solo album successes of Wu-Tang Clan can pretty much be counted on one hand. I’m rather biased because as a teenager I LOVED Method Man and still kind of do, although the grown woman in me has a whole new set of feelings about Ghostface if you know what I mean. Raekwon’s “purple tape”, 1995’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, spawned a jam for the ladies featuring both of them, the honeydip anthem “Ice Cream.” I still want one of those t-shirts!
“Triumph,” from 1997’s very underrated Wu-Tang Forever double disc gets my vote for best posse cut ever. The video is also a great little who’s who of the Clan. My only issues are that ODB is not really on this track while Capadonna, not one of the original members, has a full verse. Call me a purist but I always resented that guy. My favorite part of this video is at the end when Ghostface gives Raekwon that smooch!
Of course I could only pick a few, but what’s your favorite Wu joint? I’m really curious so please comment.
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