List of Wu-Tang Clan affiliates
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The following is a list of Wu-Tang Clan associated acts, known as Killa Beez and Wu Fam. They are at times directly funded, supported, or produced by Clan members, are formed as extension groups originating from Clan members, or close to The Clan. The list is ever growing, but there remains a basis of sound and content musically common amongst the vast majority.
- 1 Groups
- 1.1 A.I.G.
- 1.2 Achozen
- 1.3 American Cream Team
- 1.4 Black Knights
- 1.5 Black Market Militia
- 1.6 Brooklyn Zu
- 1.7 C.C.F. Division
- 1.8 Da Manchuz
- 1.9 Deadly Venoms
- 1.10 GP Wu
- 1.11 Hillside Scramblers
- 1.12 House Gang
- 1.13 Ice Water Inc.
- 1.14 K.G.B.
- 1.15 Killarmy
- 1.16 M.M.O.
- 1.17 Maccabeez
- 1.18 Northstar
- 1.19 Orphanage
- 1.20 Royal Fam
- 1.21 Sunz of Man
- 1.22 Tha Beggas
- 1.23 Theodore Unit
- 1.24 T.M.F.
- 1.25 Two On Da Road
- 1.26 Wu-Syndicate
- 1.27 Zu Ninjaz
- 2 Rappers
- 2.1 12 O'Clock
- 2.2 9th Prince
- 2.3 Armel
- 2.4 Beretta 9
- 2.5 Buddha Monk
- 2.6 Bronze Nazareth
- 2.7 Cappadonna
- 2.8 Cilvaringz
- 2.9 Darkim Be Allah
- 2.10 Dom Pachino
- 2.11 Dreddy Krueger
- 2.12 Free Murda
- 2.13 Hanz On
- 2.14 Hell Razah
- 2.15 Intell
- 2.16 Islord
- 2.17 Killa Sin
- 2.18 Killah Priest
- 2.19 King Just
- 2.20 LA the Darkman
- 2.21 Lord Superb
- 2.22 Lounge Lo
- 2.23 Popa Wu
- 2.24 Prodigal Sunn
- 2.25 Remedy
- 2.26 Shabazz the Disciple
- 2.27 Shyheim
- 2.28 Silkski
- 2.29 Solomon Childs
- 2.30 Streetlife
- 2.31 Sun God
- 2.32 Timbo King
- 2.33 Warcloud
- 2.34 Young Justice
- 2.35 Young Dirty Bastard
- 3 Singers
- 4 Producers
- 5 References
A.I.G. is a duo composed of Allah Wise (a.k.a. The Wizard), and Darkim Be Allah. The group, whose name stands for "Allah Is God", debuted on the Wu-Tang Killa Bees: The Swarm compilation with the track "Bronx War Stories". An album titled Retaliation Strike was completed but was never released, a situation which eventually caused the group to leave the Wu-Tang stable and pursue an independent route, though they remain on good terms with the collective. They finally released their debut Fame Labs Presents in 2005. Stefano and Mike joined the group in 2011 as interns, but quickly escalated to the top with songs accounting for their daily trials and tribulations as interns. In 2012, Stefano and Mike were formally offered to continue their careers at A.I.G. on a full-time basis.
American Cream Team
A group started in 1999 and mentored by Oli "Power" Grant and Raekwon consisting of Chip Banks (died 2000), Polite (who would join Rae's second group Ice Water Inc.), Lord Superb (who was featured on Rae and Ghost albums), Twiz (who would later become part of Ghost's Theodore Unit), Triflyn, and RhymeRecka. Raekwon featured American Cream Team on two songs on his second album Immobilarity and much of that album was produced by Triflyn. They were notably a clan member's first offspring crew. The group also made several appearances on mixtapes and compilations, including a track titled "It's Not A Game" on the soundtrack to the film Black and White which was played over the film's credits, and a track on Funkmaster Flex's The Mix Tape, Vol. III mixtape. Members of the group also made appearances on albums by Rae's fellow Clansmen Ghostface Killah's Supreme Clientele. In fact, after 50 Cent dissed the Wu, along with others, on his infamous track "How to Rob", it was Polite and Lord Superb of Cream Team to respond with a track called "Who the Fuck is 50 Cent?" followed by Raekwon's Clyde Smith skit off of Ghostface's album. Before Chip Banks's death, he has worked on several songs "Ain't Nobody" (featuring Billystone), "Club Life", "Everywhere We Go", "Hold Your Head", "Heavyweight Champion", "World Order" (featuring Outlawz), "Flashbacks" & "Niggas Don't Die". After the loss of member Chip Banks in a 2000 shooting on December 9 with the gunman over a money dispute, the group split up. Like many Wu affiliates, American Cream Team completed an album "Only In America" but it has never been released (the album was even advertised in the liner notes of other Wu-Tang releases). Since then, Lord Superb & Twiz have been incarcerated, though both were finally able to release a few official mixtapes. Rhyme Recka continues to record solo material and released an album titled The Autobiography of Rapper X in 2008.
One of the many Wu-affiliates to debut on the The Swarm compilation, this Californian group was originally associated with the group North Star (also from California) with whom they recorded as Black Knights Of The North Star. However, the groups have since separated. The group originally consisted of Crisis, Doc Doom (deceased), Rugged Monk, and Warcloud. Warcloud left the group to concentrate on his solo recordings. In 2001, the Black Knights released their debut album in only promo form Every Night Is A Black Knight with limited distribution, and also reunited with North Star for the closing song (titled "Black Knights Of The North Star") on North Star's debut album. In 2005, they re-released their debut to worldwide distribution through CHAMBERMUSIK.Com. Member Doc Doom was shot and killed in Compton CA on February 11, 2007. A compilation album of old and new material appeared in 2010. Their song "Caught Up" was in the 2007 anime TV series Afro Samurai in episode 3 with slightly different beats & added violin than the original mix. Rugged Monk and Crisis recorded a trio of albums along with former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante including The Medieval Chamber, The Almighty, and Excalibur.
Black Market Militia
A group closely affiliated with Ol' Dirty Bastard. The group is made up of rappers Merdoc, Raison the Zoo Keeper, 12 O'Clock, Buddha Monk, and Shorty Shitstain and some of those who left in early stages. They released an album in 2008 titled Chamber #9, Verse 32.
A group affiliated with Buddha Monk and Brooklyn Zu. The group is composed of Drunken Dragon, Espionage(deceased), War, Babyface Fensta, Chilli Black, Lee-Major, G-Note$, Professor King Bean(deceased), and Born U Majesty. They released one album, Manchuz Dynasty, in 2007.
A group affiliated with U-God. Original members were King Just, Leatha Face, Inf-Black, Kawz, Desert Eagle, Black Ice & singer Autumn Rae. Members now consist of Leatha Face, Inf-Black, Kawz, & Desert Eagle. Released their debut album, U-Godzilla Presents The Hillside Scramblers, in 2004. Leatha Face released his debut mixtape Dog Will Hunt through Chambermusik and is working on his debut album. A second Hillside Scramblers album was planned also.
A group affiliated with Inspectah Deck and made up of rappers D.C., La Banga,, P.C., Carlton Fisk and Fes Taylor . They released one project in 2004 titled UndaDogz Vol. 1: House Gang Animalz and have appeared on other mixtapes including the "Back to Sicily" mixtape of Hanz On collectively in 2012.
Ice Water Inc.
A group consisting of Cigar, Polite (formerly of American Cream Team), Stumik and P.C. (of House Gang). They were featured on Raekwon's third album, The Lex Diamond Story. Raekwon unveiled their debut album from Ice Water Polluted Water via Babygrande Records in 2007. The album featured guest appearances from Wu members Raekwon and Method Man, as well as other appearances from Busta Rhymes, DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia, Pimp C, Rick Ross, Jagged Edge, and Remy Ma. Although Cigar left the group for unknown reasons, he was replaced by D.C. (also of House Gang), and the crew has since grown to include Hanz On, who released a diss track to Joe Budden and his crew after the collective altercation that went down years ago. They are further featured on the Raekwon compilation release Raekwon: Babygrande Recordings of 2009 but of material from their debut.
K.G.B. (short for Klik Ga Bow) is a group made up of rappers Asiatic, Ill Knob, Raheem, and DJ Kin. They released a few singles and appeared on songs by other Wu-Tang affiliates.
Wu-Tang affiliated group made up of rappers Bam-Bam, Itchy Fingas Sha, Trigg-nomm, Pearl Handles, and Naisha. They released their first album All About the Money in 2003.
Killah Priest's group who were introduced and featured heavily on his second album View From Masada. Originally composed of Killah Priest, Daddy Rose and Salahudin, the group is now composed of Killah Priest, Timbo King, and Hell Razah. Hot Flamez who is now known as Hah Flamez and Mista Blessington is also a close affiliate of the group.
A group consisting of members 4th Disciple, Beretta 9, Lord Superb, associate of Rae and Ghost, and ShoGun Assason. Not to be confused with the underground group associated with Definitive Jux and Rhymesayers Entertainment.
Sunz of Man
Washington DC natives Tha Beggas, at times confused with the spelling The Beggaz is a collective of hip-hop artists and groups that was featured on The Swarm album on a song called On The Strength. Some of the artists include: Long Axe (Black Lotus), Dragonfly (Black Lotus), Mega Soul, Scorpion, Samo Heung, Begga Ooh, Longfist, Bolo Gah(Actual Facts), Buda Love (Actual Facts), Jim Kelly (Black Lotus), Majik Sword, Yukon Black(Short Axe) and Father Lord(Actual Facts) (deceased). Before Lord's death, he was featured on Killah Priest's "Tai Chi" along with Hell Razah and 60 Second Assassin off the album "Heavy Mental" and Sunz Of Man "Sign Of The Time" along with Timbo King of Royal Fam. Two prominent songs that have leaked since his return are "Get Something" & "Deadly Act" (featuring his younger brother Prince Hasaan). One of Lord's many aliases is Wu-Chi. Lord was killed in a car accident on June 13, 1997. Some members of the group have also released projects under the name Hidden Aspects. There have also been solo projects from Dragonfly, Long Axe, Bolo, Begga Ooh, Samo Heung (under the name Sammy Bravo) and Short Axe (under the name Yukon Black). Bolo (King Cee), the producer of "On the Strength" released the first collaborative album from the group titled "Blood Sweat and Years".
Mentored by Ghostface Killah, the group consisted of Trife Da God, Tommy Whispers and Kryme Life. Kryme Life and Trife are members of Ghostface's group Theodore Unit, which effectively superseded T.M.F. They have continued to record in couples and as solo artists.
Two On Da Road
An Ol' Dirty Bastard affiliated group composed of 5 Foot Hyper Sniper, Black Lantern, Celo, D.L., Hook Ninja, K-Blunt, Ninja Scroll, Popa Chief, Rambo, Raw, and Shaheed. The group released their first album Now Justice in 2005.
(Sep 20 1978)
Along with 4th Disciple and others, 12 O'Clock is one of the Wu affiliates whose connections to the group go back to before their fame, and he is in fact Ol' Dirty Bastard's cousin. He assisted behind the scenes in the making of the Clan's debut album and has made a few guest appearances on Wu-related albums since, including on the Clan's group album Iron Flag in 2001. His duet with Raekwon, "Nasty Immigrants", was on the soundtrack to the film Nutty Professor in 1996. Member of the Brooklyn Zu clique and also makes up half the duo 2 On The Road with Prodigal Sunn. Birth name D. Turner, also known as Billy Box. Appears On: "Protect Ya Neck II: The Zoo", Ol' Dirty Bastard, Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version (1995); "Wu Blood-Kin", La The Darkman, Heist Of The Century (1998); "Ghetto Syringe", Wu-Syndicate, Wu-Syndicate (1999); "Chrome Wheels", Wu-Tang Clan, Iron Flag (2001); "Rough Cut", GZA, Legend of the Liquid Sword (2003); "It's My Life" & "Manhunt", Prodigal Sunn Return of the Prodigal Sunn (2005) and Bronze Nazareth's "The Great Migration".. He plans to work on an album "Next Generation Of The Zu" coming soon.
Armel is a member of Ancient Coins, A&R and The Cra-Z 88z. He was signed to GZA's small label Liquid Swords Entertainment. He made his first high-profile appearance on the track "Rough Cut" on GZA's album Legend of the Liquid Sword in 2002. He has since formed the group A&R with Sharecka of Royal Fam. He released Armel presents Ancient Coins in 2003.
Born Ellery Chambers (March 9, 1969), Member of Brooklyn Zu who has worked prolifically as a rapper and producer for Wu-Tang affiliates including Da Manchuz and Zu Ninjaz. Buddha Monk has released The Prophecy (1998), Unreleased Chambers (2008), The Dark Knight (2013) as well as various mixtapes.
Darkim Be Allah
(Feb 11 1976)
Formed A.I.G. with AllahWise and dropped their self-titled debut-album in 2005 on Fame Labs Records. Mostly known for producing RZA solo song from The Gravediggaz album The Pick, The Sickle & The Shovelin 1997. In 2000 he released an 8-track EP called Live at the Lab: Take 1 through mp3.com. 2008 saw Fame Labs release The Manhattan Project, a compilation which heavily featured Darkim Be Allah. Live At The Lab: Take 2 is a 15-track album produced by Darkim and featuring various members of the Fame Labs crew including AllahWise, 36Zero and Darkim himself.
(Mar 4, 1979)
Birth name James Dockery. Affiliated at one time with both United Kingdom and Royal Fam but now virtually retired from rapping, concentrating his attention on being the A&R for most Wu-Tang members. Heavily involved with the Wu-Tang's business and promotion, while running his own label Think Differently Music. Think Differently released the compilation Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture in 2005, which featured Wu-Tang members and affiliates collaborating with well-known independent/underground hip hop artists to big independent success. They further released a double disc album Wu-Tang The Lost Anthology in 2007. He continued to work for compilation and side projects under the Wu's greater team. His name is derived from the horror film legend Freddy Krueger.
The son of Popa Wu and cousin of Ol' Dirty Bastard, RZA and GZA. He debuted in 1999 on Popa Wu's Visions of the 10th Chamber with his partner Shacronz as the Cuffie Crime Family or 'CCF Division', He also appeared on the 2008 sequel Popa Wu's Visions of the 10th Chamber part II.Free Murda and Shacronz also featured on the Wu-Tang Killa Beez 2002 album The Sting ("Hatin' Don't Pay"), RZA's album Birth of a Prince ("We Pop", "The Drop Off" and "Wherever I Go") Prodigal Sunn's 2005 album Return Of The Prodigal Sunn, and Think Differently's 2005 release Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture ("Cars On The Interstate"). Free Murda also appears on the Derailed Original Soundtrack ("Really Want None"), Cappadonna's album The Yin & The Yang ("Revenge"), Northstar's self-titled album ("We Got It" and "See Me"), and furthermore[when?] on Masta Killa's Made In Brooklyn on the track "East MCs". He released his debut solo album, Let Freedom Reign in 2007 on Cleopatra Records.
Born (Feb 11, 1967) Dontae Hawkings, Intell (stylized as iNTeLL) is the son of U-God and nephew of Method Man. He has released several mixtapes.
Born Adrian Angevin (Feb 11, 1970), King Just was a member of the Shaolin Soldiers (Profes now known as Fes Taylor, Leatha Face, Star & Mega Don) who originated from the Park Hill section of Staten Island. His debut album is named Mystics of the God and was released in 1995. He has subsequently participated in projects by the Hillside Scramblers and The Outfit.[clarification needed]
LA the Darkman
Originally a member of Raekwon's Cream Team, he became close with Ghostface Killah and his Theodore crew, as well. He appeared on Rae and Ghost albums, standing out particularly in Supreme Clientele. He has since cut ties with the Wu, and served time in jail. He has brashly stated that he gave Ghost his style, and felt abandoned when Rae's Cream Team came to an end. He has since released official mixtapes.
An Othorized F.A.M. MC whose other names are Lounge Mode or Lounger was formally signed to Code Red Entertainment. Lounge has been connected with the Wu since their very beginning his earliest reference was on GZA's "Pass The Bone". He appears numerous times on his older brother Cappadonna's albums.
The father of Wu-offshoots ShaCronz and Free Murda and an expert on the philosophy of the Five Percent Nation, Popa Wu can be heard giving teachings on Wu-Tang tracks such as "North Star" (Raekwon), "Black Jesus", "All That I Got Is You" (Ghostface Killah), "The Blessing", and "Wu-Revolution". He released a solo album titled Visions of the 10th Chamber in 2000, which was effectively a compilation of Wu-affiliated artists (including La the Darkman, Method Man, & Ol' Dirty Bastard) with regular interjections from Popa Wu himself. In 2008 He released Visions of the 10th Chamber Part II, a second compilation composed of a big collection of artists with Dj Nino Carta and Dlah. Popa Wu was featured on "Older Gods pt.2" from Masta Killa's second LP, Made in Brooklyn and on the track "Return of the North Star" from Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II. Also goes by the righteous name of Freedom Allah. At the public premiere of Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang in NYC, he mentioned that he is planning to publish a book. He is currently running his label Popa Wu Records out of Brooklyn, NY. Artists Include: Dungeon Masta, Young Dirty Bastard, BoNasty, sons D&G and Free Murda.
Shabazz the Disciple
Born Shabazz X (May 16, 1971)
Solomon Child is a Staten Island artist closely associated with various members of the Wu. Backed by the RZA in combination with his brother Divine(CEO)of Wu Music Group. He released his debut album entitled The Voice of the People in 2009. A close associate of Cappadonna and Remedy, he was once part of Theodore Unit before going completely solo. He originally rapped under the moniker, Killa Bamz, and has continued releasing albums with features by numerous affiliates, as well as forming his own label. In 2013 Solomon Childs appeared on the single "Bang To The Death" by Mike ADHD featuring Ruste Juxx, Kromeatose, Fes Taylor and Solomon Childs (Produced by 4th assassin).
He is Ghostface Killah's eldest son, he made his debut with the song "Man Up" on Put it on the Line in 2005. he appears twice on his album More Fish in "Miguel Sanchez" and "Street Opera". He also appears on "Yapp City" and "Paisely Darts" from Ghost's album The Big Doe Rehab, "Man Up" on Put it on the Line, "Dogs Of War" on Fishscale and "Gunshowers" on the Wu-Massacre album. He is signed to Starks Enterprises, his father's label.
Born Anthony Creston Brown, (Sep 20, 1971) Warcloud is a west coast Wu-Tang Clan affiliate and former member of the group Black Knights (when he was known as Holocaust, the Sign of Hell's Winter). He is also known by the aliases Alcatraz and Robot Tank. He has released five albums to date: Nightmares That Surface from Shallow Sleep, Smuggling Booze in the Graveyard, Blue Sky Black Death Presents: The Holocaust in collaboration with production duo Blue Sky Black Death, Theatre of Pain, in collaboration with American Poets 2099, and "Holocaust as Robot Tank - The Signs of Hells Winter".
(Sep 20, 1978)
GZA's teenage son, he first appeared on the intro to his father's Legend of the Liquid Sword album and then released a cover of his father's "Killa Hills 10304". Also appears, with Lord Jamar's and Ol' Dirty Bastard's sons, on Lord Jamar's The 5% Album. Signed to Liquid Swords Entertainment and hoping to release an album soon, he is currently pursuing an education.
Young Dirty Bastard
(Sep 20, 1976)
Young Dirty Bastard is Ol' Dirty Bastard's eldest son. He toured with the Wu-Tang Clan during their 2007 tours. Under the guidance of his uncle, the RZA, he has already recorded 3 mixtapes carrying on his father's legacy. He was also featured on Brand Nubian member Lord Jamar's debut solo album The 5% Album, on the track "Young Godz", together with GZA's son Young Justice and Lord Jamar's son Young Lord. Young Dirty Bastard released his first album in 2011 entitled Food Stamp Celebrity Vol. 1. He also released his single "Welfare" on November 15, 2011, what would've been his father's 43rd birthday. He continues to tour with the Wu-Tang Clan, spreading the legacy of his Father O.D.B. He is featured on Gore Elohims album "Electric Lucifer". YDB also was featured in Mike ADHD's "Frag Out" music video also featuring Baby Eazy E and Bizarre of D12 (produced by Sean Strange).
Al Green-style singer who was featured on RZA's Birth of a Prince. He has made appearances on Ghostface Killah's The Pretty Toney Album, Masta Killa's debut No Said Date as well as both Mathematics albums. He released his mixtape Real Estate in 2005 through CHAMBERMUSIK.
Suga Bang Bang
Reggae artist who appeared on the Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai - The Album compilation and is affiliated with the new United Kingdom clique. Performed the chorus of "In the Hood" from the Wu-Tang Clan's Iron Flag album. He was on "Cameo Afro" with Big Daddy Kane & GZA from The RZA Presents: Afro Samurai OST. Is featured on the track "Cold Outside" on Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II.
Model, actress, and musician (sings and raps) who was discovered by Berretta 9 a.k.a. Kinetic of Killarmy. Featured on several Killarmy projects, she was later introduced to the RZA around the recording of Iron Flag album. The RZA featured her on the Birth Of A Prince album, Raekwon's OBFCLII, the Afro Samurai: Resurrection soundtrack, George Clinton's George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love, and Wu-Tang Clan's 8 Diagrams album. Signed a production deal with the RZA and is currently working on an album. See also: "One Word Can Change the World," documentary on ODB.
A solo artist affiliated with Sunz of Man. Her first collaboration was with Sunz of Man on the Five Deadly Venom mixtape called We Can't Be Touched, produced by Ray Rolls and Tony Touch. Other tracks include "Fire" with Royal Fam, produced by Arabian Knight, and "Doing Our Thang" produced by Joe Loopz on Sunz of Man's album. She was asked by RZA to work with Tekitha and other female singers affiliated with Wu-Tang to work on a "Black Shampoo Project", but nothing ever materialized. She has recorded three projects: E.A.R.T.H. P.O.W.E.R. (2004), Balance (2005), and Throwback Classics (2005).
The self-proclaimed "King of Mixtapes", he is responsible for most of the Wu-Tang affiliated mixtapes and is the official tour DJ for Ghostface Killah.
John the Baptist
Producer whose works include tracks by Shyheim, GP Wu, King Just, Pop da Brown Hornet, and the Gravediggaz. RNS is credited as the one who taught The RZA the art of production. Has been keeping a low profile out of the Wu for a while now and extended his work into mixing and engineering.
Y-Kim the Illfigure
He was the primary producer for the Killa Beez group, Royal Fam, Y-Kim achieved a cult-following among Wu-Tang fans. He produced the majority of the Royal Fam's album "Black Castle" (at first shelved then re-released), as well as many contributions to early albums from Sunz of Man, Killah Priest, Cappadonna, and Buddha Monk. Although RZA is credited as producer, it is rumored that he produced the song "What Da Blood Clot?" from Method Man's "Tical". In addition, he takes credit for "Summin Gotz Ta Give", "I Declare War", Royal Fam; "Blessed Are Those", "From Then Till Now", Killah Priest, Heavy Mental (1998); "Army Brickaid", Royal Fam, (2000). A compilation of his work, "Monster Reborn Vl. 1", was released in 2005.
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