Wu-Tang Clan last week celebrated the 25th year anniversary of the release of their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). An album considered to be one of the greatest hip hop albums ever released. Accompanying the milestone, a documentary was released showcasing the impact that the project had on the hip hop culture. The Wu-Tang has been on a press run, appearing on very highly visible platforms including Jimmy Kimmel Live and Good Morning America to celebrate the milestone. To honor Ol’ Dirty Bastard, his eldest son Young Dirty Bastard has been performing with the group. It is the biggest look an offspring of the clan has experienced. Beyond Young Dirty Bastard there are other second-generation members that have been on the grind for quite some time.
Wu-Tang Clan – 25th Year Documentary
Wu-Tang Clan – Jimmy Kimmel Live – Protect Ya Neck
Wu-Tang Clan –GMA –C.R.E.A.M
Young Dirty Bastard himself has been making appearances on the road with the group since 2007. In addition to putting out material since the mid 2000’s. One early notable track to mention is “Young Godz” from the Lord Jamar 2006 project The 5% Album. YDB was paired up with Lord Jamar’s son Young Lord in addition to Gza’s son Young Justice. YDB would also link up with Chris Rivers, Big Pun’s son as well as Eazy E’s son Baby Eazy E on “My 3 Sons” released in 2014. That same year another song released was “Wu World Order”.
Lord Jamar – Young Godz feat. Young Dirty Bastard, Young Lord & Young Justice
Young Dirty Bastard – My 3 Sons feat. Chris Rivers & Baby Eazy E
Young Dirty Bastard – Wu World Order
iNTell, U-God’s son and Method Man’s nephew has the most impressive body of work out of the second generation of the Wu-Tang Clan. He has appeared quite a bit alongside various members of the original Wu-Tang Clan. In 2015 he showed up on “Meth Intelligent” from Method Man’s Meth Lab project along with Masta Killa and Streetlife. The following year he would appear with Method Man again on a song titled “The Sequel”.
Method Man – Meth Intelligent feat. iNTell, Masta Killa & Streetlife
iNTell – The Sequel feat. Method Man
Last year iNtell would work closely with the highly critically acclaimed underground hip hop production duo, The Snowgoons. This would include “I Reminisce”. A track from the Snowgoons album Goon Bap. Featured on the track along with iNtell was Method Man and Sean Strange. The production duo also produced an entire iNTell project. The single released from the album was “Word of Mouth” which featured Wu member Inspectah Deck.
Snowgoons – I Reminisce feat. iNtell, Method Man & Sean Strange
iNtell – Word of Mouth feat. Inspectah Deck
The last second generation member to discuss is Sun God, Ghostface Killah’s eldest son. He has appeared on a number of tracks with his father. The first one being “Man Up” from Ghostace Killah & Trife Da God’s 2005 album Put It on the Line. Sun God would appear with both artists again on “Miguel Sanchez” from Ghostface’s 2006 album More Fish. The last time the father and son duo linked up was on “Gunshowers” from the 2010 album Wu-Massacre where they were accompanied by Raekwon and Method Man.
Ghostface Killah – Man Up feat. Trife Da God & Sun God
Ghostface Killah – Miguel Sanchez feat. Trife Da God & Sun God
Method Man, Ghostface & Raekwon – Gunshowers feat. Sun God
The celebration of the 25th year anniversary of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is a testament to the greatness and timelessness of the music. There have been rumblings of another Wu-Tang album in the works spearheaded by Ghostface Killah. Hopefully that will come into fruition. The second generation offspring of the clan have been on the grind for some time. It would be a win for the culture if they are able to participate in the new project and use it as a springboard to carry on the Wu legacy.