5 Ways The Wu-Tang Clan Changed Hip-Hop Forever

Ask any rapper who their musical influences are, and nine times out of 10, you’re guaranteed one legendary group is going to be in the mix. Here are five ways the Wu-Tang Clan changed the music industry forever.

1. They showed it was possible to create life through alchemy: The Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), was written immediately after using cursed chemical experiments to create a living, breathing humanoid in 1993. Since then, basically every hip-hop group has tried to create similar potions capable of harnessing the power of alchemy, but only to varying levels of success.

2. They used their microphones to make their voices louder instead of to crush bugs: Hip-hop artists had been using microphones on stage for many years, but the Wu-Tang Clan was the first to use them to amplify the sound of their voices, rather than to squish any insects that accidentally crawled onto the stage. Now whenever you see artists rapping straight into the microphone instead of smashing a huge beetle, you know why!

3. Their albums were only sold at Arco gas station convenience stores: Almost every successful hip-hop artist does this now, but it’s hard to believe that the Wu-Tang Clan originated this distribution method at gas stations nationwide.

4. They showed East Coast pride by including recordings of the Atlantic Ocean in all their songs: A soft ocean breeze blowing swiftly across the sands? The gentle crashing of waves against costal rocks? These are the unmistakable sounds of the Wu-Tang Clan throwing some serious shade at L.A. rappers, who were otherwise helpless to respond. While the East Coast/West Coast rivalry had other negative ramifications, such as the deaths of rappers Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang’s recordings on beaches from Maine to Florida are still used widely in rap music today.

5. Wu-Tang Forever ended the format war with the group’s legendary endorsement of VHS tapes over LaserDisc: At the peak of their popularity, eight out of nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan publicly backed VHS tapes, while Ghostface Killah, a staunch holdout, continued to endorse LaserDiscs. LaserDiscs, as a result, plummeted in popularity, and in fact, many rappers today have never even seen one.

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—  Patrick Halley on Hillary’s speech in Austin while her father was sick

    ↳ 1.16 Brother’s Keeper
I looked it up. The crane. It stands for familial obligation. Watching out for your own. Maybe it’s my turn to watch out for you.

@ahshesgone‘s latest drawing made me gush and fangirl so hard and sooo much that I got Ash into having an art trade with me!!! :DDD *throws confetti around* I’m so happy and soooo insecure that I messed this up sob

Ash requested a pencil drawing from me with Soul and Maka being domestic… and I pimped it a bit with digital colors to not have it too dirty and dull… I hope you like it Ash! ;u; ♥


Post Concert Thoughts
- bts is so tan, their skin is gorgeous
- namjoon has such good english, actually they all do I’m so proud
- jin fucking nailed his solo I’ve never screamed louder in my life
- yoongi swore on stage and it saved my soul
- jimin looks like an actual angel irl
- taehyung is such a cinnamon bun and made 300 hearts at the crowd
- you could feel how confident jhope is and how much he adores army
- jungkook is an actual sweetheart who according to namjoon practiced his ending speech over and over just so it would be perfect for the fans
- I have never had more fun than I did at this concert

Once a friend came over with his dog who was basically one of Ammos best dog friends, but he came in so enthusiastically that the house turned to absolute chaos. The friend dog ran in, one cat shot to the top of a book shelf, and the other cat literally went up the chimney. And Ammo, who had played with this dog every single day for probably 6 months, layed on his side and full-on pissed himself. And all this happened in like a span of 10 seconds.

I have no reason for telling this story other than I happened to think about it today and it’s one of my favorite things that has ever happened (even though apparently traumatic to the pets). It was seriously the funniest chain of events I’ve ever seen happen in such a short time frame haha

Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You as performed by SASER on caklempong, a traditional Malaysian orchestra sorta reminiscent of gamelan.