RZA (Prince Rakeem)
GZA (The Genius)
Inspectah Deck (Rebel INS)
Ol' Dirty Bastard1992-2004
Raekwon (The Chef)
RZA is their leader and primary producer. He prides himself on avoiding samples, creating original tracks for the lyricists in the group.
RZA and GZA both released failed solo albums before finding success with Wu-Tang Clan.
The group is from Staten Island, which among the five boroughs of New York City, had been underrepresented in hip-hop. The group sometimes refer to it as "Shaolin" Island, a reference to the Shaolin style of martial arts.
When the group signed a major-label deal with Loud Records, they insisted on a clause granting the members freedom to do solo projects and collaborations on other labels. By the time their second album was released, RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Inspectah Deck each had solo deals.
Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and Ol' Dirty Bastard all derived their rapper names from their favorite kung-fu characters.
Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA filed a trademark opposition suit in November 2017 against dog-walking company Woof-Tang Clan for trademark infringement. The Brooklyn-based company claim to walk "the illest group of dogs in New York City."
Wu Tang's GZA is a science nerd and has spoken at Harvard and hosted a Physics lecture at MIT. In 2012, he discussed astrophysics with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
After Wu-Tang Clan's debut album broke through, Ol' Dirty Bastard was filmed taking a limousine to a New York State welfare office to cash a $375 welfare check and receive food stamps. Because ODB had yet to file his taxes, his then-recent income did not impact his eligibility for government support.