List of Wu-Recording record labels

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Wu-Tang Records[edit]

A label that existed in the middle 1990s. Although never publicly stated, it is believed that RZA was the CEO. The only known acts on the label were Shyheim, Wu-Syndicate, Killarmy, and Sunz of Man. The current situation of the label is unknown.[1] It was distributed by Priority/EMI Records.

Razor Sharp Records[edit]

Razor Sharp Records is a recording label which was believed to also be run by RZA. The label was founded in the early 1990s around the time that RZA produced Method Man's Tical, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., Ol' Dirty Bastard's Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, The GZA's Liquid Swords and Ghostface Killah's Ironman. Although the label received returning profits and precedes on every album made by each clan member, very few acts were seen on the label, most notably Cappadonna who has long close ties with the group, and was often believed to be an unofficial member, until his official induction prior to 8 Diagrams. The current situation of the label is unknown, although is it possible that the label dissolved or possibly became one of the more recent Wu labels.[2] It was distributed by Epic/SME Records.

36 Chambers Records and Wu Music Group[edit]

Other record labels, known as 36 Chambers Records and Wu Music Group were also founded, and are still active in the present. Very little is known about these labels, other that the fact that RZA produces music and movie scores on them. Wu Music Group receives profit on every album that is released from a Clan member. His involvement with these labels are deeply uncertain, considering that he was never known to be CEO of any recording label.[2]

Wu-Tang International[edit]

Another label founded by the RZA. Unlike the other labels, it signed hip-hop talent from countries outside of the United States. Cilvaringz was signed to the label. Wu-Tang International does not exist as a label any longer. A Web site dedicated to Wu-Tang under the same name exists and covers everything Wu-Tang across the globe: wu-international.com [3]

Protect Ya Neck Records[edit]

A label owned by RZA's cousin John "Mook" Gibbons of Wu-Tang Management and operated by Frank "Nitty" Newman and Jimmy Kang of Wu-Tang Management. PYN was born from the early 90's legends Wu-Tang Clan, who went on to launch their own label. The former president of the label John Mook Gibbons who founded PROTECT YA NECK MANAGEMENT decided to launch his own label. PYN has a boutique of artist who cover almost every spectrum of music, while sticking to their core sound of hardcore underground hip-hop. The first album release is a collectors item by CAPPADONNA "Hook Off". PYN is a product of the Wu brand, and plans to break new talent through their pipeline of loyal fans, executives, media, friends, and family. PYN has multiple projects ready for release following the 2014 release of the legendary CAPPADONNA's new classic project "HOOK OFF" the first hip-hop album with no hooks. [4] [5][6][7][8]

Artists
  • Cappadonna
  • Junior Reid
  • Tha Real Rel
  • Spliff Starr
  • Rich Gates
  • Judha Priest
  • Dizzy Dizasta
  • Nymrod
  • Timbo King
  • Young Dirty Bastard (YDB)
  • Chi King
  • Young Gots
  • Mr. Onasis
  • ICE COLD CHILLEN
  • King Edward
  • Skriptkeeper
  • DTACH
  • E. Melendez
  • D-Boogz
  • Kountry
  • Menace O.B.E.Z
  • Fresh Phase
  • Denku
  • Father Jah
  • The Dictators Project
  • Rageni
  • Saddle Brown
  • Tha Town
  • BNE Marxman
  • Hella Smoke
  • Mack Sauce
  • Born Davinci
  • Ill Methods

Soul Temple Records[edit]

Main article: Soul Temple Records

Upon completion of his film directorial debut work The Man with the Iron Fists, RZA founded Soul Temple Records. The label has since released Ghostface Killah's Twelve Reasons to Die and U-God's solo album Keynote Speaker both executive produced by RZA. The label will also release Wu-Tang Clan's sixth studio album A Better Tomorrow.

Liquid Swords Entertainment[edit]

An independent record label founded by The GZA. Created in 2008 with the GZA's first release for the label, Pro Tools. It is distributed through a partnership with Babygrande Records.[9]

  • Gza
  • Reverend William Burke

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