The 20th Anniversary of The Wu-Tang Clan

By Nick Delmacy | Posted Nov 8 2013 | 4 Comments  


Saturday November 9th 2013 is a very important date for many men of my generation. It is on this day that we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wu Tang Clan’s debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). This single album not only made possible the careers of over a dozen rappers, it also created a movement that still exists to this day.

“Black gay men are not Wu Tang Clan fans.”

No seriously, they’re not. Not hardcore fans, at least. In all seriousness, without websites like Cypher Avenue to prove otherwise, statements like that would seem depressingly true. Even then, many dedicated readers of this website will totally skip this posting to read the more overtly “gay shit” instead.


The perception is that hardcore, rugged, grimy, real, authentic rap music is not listened by gay men. This is why, to this day, hardly anyone believes that I’m actually gay, even gay men. But this music is just a part of me as my sexuality. My teenage years were formulated by the music of Nas, Mobb Deep, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Das Efx, Boot Camp Clik and most of all, the Wu Tang Clan.

To celebrate the debut of this legendary album, here are the top 10 songs by members of the Wu Tang Clan that influenced my life.


1. “C.R.E.A.M.” – Wu Tang Clan


2. “Method Man” – Wu Tang Clan


3. “Daytona 500” – Ghostface Killah


4. “Labels” – GZA


5. “Criminology” – Raekwon featuring Ghostface Killah


6. “Ice Cream” – Raekwon featuring Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Cappadonna


7. “Can It Be All So Simple” – Wu-Tang Clan


8. “Bring the Pain” – Method Man


9. “Verbal Intercourse” – Raekwon featuring Nas


10. “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta Fuck Wit” – Wu-Tang Clan


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  1. Ocky Williams | November 8th, 2013

    The RZA was the grand master and manifested one the of the greatest rap super groups of all time…The Wu-Tang Clan.

    I listen to the Wu-Tang Clan or songs from their various members everyday when I work out and will forever be a life long fan. Wow 20 years and I have never stopped listening. Shouts out to Theodore Unit and Killa Army.

  2. SB3000 | November 8th, 2013

    Damn, I feel old!

    This post takes me back to the lunch room in middle school! There was a debate everyday about who was the best…

    Ghost n The Chef, anyone??

  3. hannibal
    Hannibal | November 8th, 2013

    Back in my hip hop phase I was always a big fan of Ghost Face.

  4. questforknowledge
    quest for knowledge | November 11th, 2013

    See that’s why I enjoy this website so damn much because you can clearly find guys on here that defy the stereotype of what it means to be gay. The next time I have an argument with some of my straight friends that all gay dudes are feminine and that there aren’t many who have typical guy interests I can just point them to this website and articles like this to prove my point! I’m not familiar with Wu Tang’s music, but I do know of the group. They have definitely left their mark in hip hop for sure. I’m gonna listen to the songs listed here to get a feel of their work.

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