YMMV: Wu-Tang Clan

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: This interview. ODB and Method Man are talking about 2Pac and Biggie, and ODB, practically out of nowhere, randomly denies being crazy.
  • Crazy Awesome: Ol' Dirty Bastard in particular, the entire group in general.
  • Ear Worm: The entire 36 Chambers album is this.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Normally ODB was violent, aggressive and completely deluded, but he NEVER harmed children. He even saved a girl's life and visited her in the hospital discreetly.
  • First Installment Wins: To the point that some of their later albums were criticised for not being as good as Enter the Wu-Tang or their first batch of solo albums.
  • Funny Moments:
    • ODB, by his nature, spawned a lot of these. He rushed the stage at the Grammies after P. Diddy won over Wu-Tang clan to grab the mic and complain, he continued collecting food stamps long after he had made millions, once showing up in a limo with a MTV camera crew to collect them, and he played a concert in New York despite being subject to an outstanding arrest warrant. After a few songs, he thanked the crowd and ducked out the back door just before the NYPD arrived. Many, many other examples.
    • The Refuge in Audacity "torture" skit at the start of "Method Man", the Cluster F-Bomb Buffy Speak at the start of "Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber".
    • Their appearances on Chappelle's Show, first as proprieters of Wu-Tang Bank, then in the Racial Draft sketch where they are officially adopted by the Asian race and Old Dirty Bastard has been renamed "Old Dirty Chinese Restaurant."
  • Harsher in Hindsight: As epic as the music video for "Triumph" is, a lot of the imagery these days will be seen in bad taste due to the 9/11 attacks (New Yorkers panicking in the streets, a possible terrorist attack, and the shot of the World Trade Center towers in the New York skyline).
  • Magnum Opus: 36 Chambers.
    • Raekwon's Only Built for Cuban Linx... and GZA's Liquid Swords for their solo albums.
  • Memetic Mutation: Memes Rule Everything Around Me.
    • Memes ain't nuthin' ta fuck with.
    • Everybody's been in Wu Tang for at least 5 minutes. Yes, even you.
  • Moment of Awesome: ODB and his friends helped save a 4 year old girl that had been crushed by a car outside his studio. He visited her in the hospital without ever identifying himself.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Cappadonna
  • Seasonal Rot: Arguably 1997-2001.
    • Not so much Seasonal Rot as a hiatus between group albums. Ghostface Killah had Supreme Clientele (2000). GZA had Beneath the Surface (1999). Inspectah Deck had Uncontrolled Substance (1999). Method Man had Tical 2000: Judgment Day (1998) and Blackout! (with Redman, 1999). Ol' Dirty Bastard had Nigga Please (1999). All were well received and sold well. The W was a group album that came out in 2000 that was well received and featured the hit Gravel Pit so even the years are debatable.
      • Output since hasn't exactly been the best received since though. 8 Diagrams was heralded as a new sound for RZA, a fact that most notably, Raekwon and Ghostface took issue with.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Though commercial success has yet to become the way people see the group now, compilation material (Chamber Music, The Man With the Iron Fists OST and Legendary Weapons) have proven that there is indeed life left in these martial masters of the mic.
  • Tear Jerker: The aptly-named "Tearz".
    • "Can It Be All So Simple".
    • As well as their tribute to ODB on 8 Diagrams, "Life Changes". And on that note, "Ason Jones", Raekwon's tribute on Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II.
    • Ditto "I Can't Go to Sleep" from The W.