It’s 2013, which means it’s been 20 years since Wu-Tang Clan dropped their seminal first record Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in 1993. Few rap acts, few acts period, have maintained relevance (or even releases) for that long.
And though officially, the group only has five studio albums to show for two decades of work, those who know the Wu understand that doesn’t even come close to covering the scope of the groups output.
And we’re not talking mixtapes. We’re talking piles of official compilations, soundtracks, and, of course, solo records from every conceivable member, their affiliated acts, and probably their cousins and butlers.
The amount of official output is so massive that new fans looking to crack the Wu code can instantly feel overwhelmed.
Luckily, Reddit to the rescue.
Hitting the front page today, a post entitled “Guide To The Wu-Tang Clan.” Redditor TheRoyalGodfrey pulled together a great starter list highlighting “Classic Albums” and “Also Good” albums from the group and its members.
As a lifelong Wu-Tang fan, I can say that TheRoyalGodfrey’s list is as good a place to start as any — it’s extremely accurate and a great overview.
See his entire guide here (as well as what other Redditors have to say about it) and see a gallery of the albums he considers “Classic” below…