October 19th, 2009
01:24 PM ET

The Tao of Wu (Tang Clan)

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/10/12/rza.tao.wu.tang/art.rza.meth1.gi.jpg caption="RZA, left, and Method Man, right, of the Wu-Tang Clan."]

Arsalan Iftikhar
AC360° Contributor

“Cash Rules Everything Around Me/C.R.E.A.M./Get the money/Dollar, Dollar bill, y’all…”

Thus begins the legendary lyrics of C.R.E.A.M. by the Wu-Tang Clan, one of the greatest collective lyrical syndicates in the entire history of hip-hop.

Led by Robert ‘RZA’ Diggs (pronounced ‘Riz-za’), Clifford Smith (known better by his nom de guerre Method Man), Raekwon, GZA (pronounced ‘Jiz-za’…Yes, Jizza), Ghostface Killah, U-God, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa and (the late) Ol’ Dirty Bastard (better known as ODB), the Wu-Tang Clan has successfully launched into the hip-hop stratosphere by taking their respective lyrical games from the projects of Staten Island to the hallowed corridors of Hollywood over the years.

From their 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) to Robert ‘RZA’ Diggs most recent Hollywood foray in Adam Sandler’s 2009 movie Funny People, the syndicate MCs of Wu-Tang have successfully expanded their influence from the hip-hop world to Hollywood movies and now even literature.

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