YMMV / Wu-Tang Clan

  • Base Breaker: RZA, as of 2015.
  • Broken Base: The group sort of have been within a broken base when it comes to any albums after 36 Chambers and of course... Once Upon a Time in Shaolin...
    • Even more so regarding the fact ODB is gone from the project.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: This interview. ODB and Method Man are talking about 2Pac and Biggie, when ODB randomly denies being crazy right out of nowhere.
  • Crazy Awesome: Ol' Dirty Bastard in particular, the entire group in general.
  • Ear Worm: The entire 36 Chambers album is this.
  • Epileptic Trees: Regarding the infamous Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album, there have been some debates about the album, most notably three different reddit posts regarding the album. Bottonline, it's believed the album isn't an actual album, consisting mainly of beats used by Cilvaringz and the fact the project originally was a fan project by Cilvaringz as a gift "to the fans". When RZA took interest, the album was instead packaged as a "One copy only" thing, was script from being put in museums, and then just sold off for auction, it being bought by Shkreli.
  • 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).
    • They decided to release one copy of an album - "Once Upon a Time In Shaolin" - auctioning it off in 2015 to just one bidder. It ended up getting bought by billionaire 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli, who had become one of the most hated men in America over his questionable hiking the prices of much-needed medications for deadly diseases.
      • When Shkreli was arrested in December 2015 on charges of securities fraud related to a previously-owned hedge fund company, one of the first and most often asked questions was if the FBI seized (rescued) the "Shaolin" album. Alas.
  • Internet Backdraft: Once Upon a Time in Shaolin being given a one copy limited release and then being sold to controversial figure Martin Shkreli has gotten this to fans, especially with the group enforcing the "88-year ban" where the album can't be distributed (not helped by RZA's Insane Troll Logic over the meaning of it because of the Arc Number 8 of the group) and knowing Shkreli won't give listening parties/release it online, even saying he may destroy the discs just to spite people. To say the fans are enraged is a slight Understatement.
    • More controversy came over the fact that most of the members weren't told about RZA's "88-year ban", Raekwon saying "88 years is too long", Killah calling the album "not a Wu-Tang album", and Method Man finding the whole backwards logic by RZA a bit degrading. It also doesn't help the album has only lead to Hype Backlash if it ever leaks.note 
    • To add more to the drama surrounding the album comes with the producer Cilvaringz who not only had been an Ascended Fanboy (Being the one who also founded the Wu's official forum Wu-Tang Corp) who was working on the album "for the fans" later on did a 180-degree and said it wasn't for the fans. Not just the fans, but even most of the members do not like Cilvaringz due to his behavior as well as his insistence that the album isn't worthy for fans.
  • Memetic Mutation: Memes Rule Everything Around Me.
    • Memes ain't nuthin' ta fuck with.
    • Everyone has been in Wu Tang for at least 5 minutes. Yes, even YOU.
    • The rumor that members of Wu Tang and Bill Murray can exploit a morals clause in the sales contract of the Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album, and steal the album back from the person who bought it (who turned out to be hated billionaire Martin Shkreli). Even though the rumor proved false, people want to see it happen (or at least a movie version of it).
    • "Fuck Cilvaringz"
  • 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
  • The Scrappy: Cilvaringz is very disliked by not just fans but by members of the Wu themselves (especially Method Man) for his Small Name, Big Ego attitude regarding his work on Once Upon a Time in Shaolin and his Smug Snake personality with the album not being released to fans and even saying "saying fans don't deserve the album". It hits irony over the fact that he had said early on in the album's early progress he mentioned on the Wu-Tang Corps forums that it was for the fans. The fact that Cilvaringz (and by extension RZA, considering he himself orchestrated the idea of the album being sold at an auction and the "88 year rule") is a Karma Houdini regarding it doesn't help matters either.
  • Seasonal Rot: Arguably 19972001.
    • 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.
    • Seems to be veering from this since 2015 when the enforcement of the 88-year rule was enforced by RZA, as a result a slew of fans have begun to jump ship.
  • 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.
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