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Let me begin by saying some stories never get old. During a recent sit down with Funkmaster Flex, the RZA retold the classic story about the origin of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan.

In part one of a three part interview to promote The Man With The Iron Fists, Funk Flex couldn’t refrain from asking Bobby Digital to share some anecdotes about the group he spearheaded.


“I thought of the concept in my crib really,” said RZA. ” It was a slang word running around my neighborhood in Stapleton. Olde English was Wu-Tang, you nah mean, Ballantine Ale was Shaolin, you nah mean, and then anything that was fly [we] was like ‘That’s that Wu! That’s that Wu!'”

From there, RZA explained how he strung those concepts together with the crew’s fondness for Japanese movies, particularly Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang in this case, to create the Wu-Tang Clan moniker. “The Wu-Tang was like the sword style, the best sword style, and I’m like your tongue is like a sword. We the Wu-Tang Clan. We the illest MCs.”

See the full interview below to hear the complete story and some of RZA’s patented gems.


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