1991 will forever be the year the hip-hop world changed.
There was a marketable shift in the sound, which in the ‘80s was dominated by the party music and minimalist beats. When the ‘90s rolled around, things changed. Groups like Public Enemy, using politics as their fuel, began to rise, but there was another group that put its permanent stamp on the sound.
The Wu-Tang Clan.
Taking their name from the film “Shaolin and Wu-Tang,” the Wu-Tang Clan’s impact on hip-hop simply cannot be understated. Their debut LP, 1993’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), is hailed as one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever created. The LP change the way hip-hop felt, how it flowed, and there are few records that can stand toe-to-toe with this slice of music history.
Even more remarkable is the fact that the Clan has stayed close all of these years. While, on the surface, they’re Timex watches in an Apple Watch world, the Clan’s brand of hip-hop is still being used by modern-day hip-hop stars. That only reinforces the notion of just how influential the Wu-Tang Clan has become; but nothing compares to the original innovators, no matter how much others try.
28 years after they hit the scene, the Wu-Tang Clan is still performing, and they’ll be live and in effect at the Shrine Expo Hall (665 W. Jefferson Blvd.) in Los Angeles to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the album that changed everything, both for the Clan and hip-hop as a whole.