#1 favorite wu-tang member

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Which Wu-Tang artist do you fancy?RZA
GZA
Raekwon The Chef
Dirt McGurt
Inspectah Deck
Masta Killa
U-God
Ghostface
Method Man


Chromski A.K. Gattlington, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 01:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

RZA razah RZA razah sharp. The mastermind and a seemingly contemplative fellow.

matt2, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 01:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah but have you seen Derailed?

Shiiiit.

Drooone, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 01:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

but Raekwon always cooking up some marvelous isht in the Wu-Kitchen

Wrinklepaws, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 01:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

Um yeah except for his 2nd and 3rd albums.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 01:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'll give ugod the pity vote.

chaki, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 01:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

haha, chaki. i knew thats what i was going to do before i even opened the thread.

g®▲Ðұ, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 02:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

surely masta killa is more deserving of our pity

jabba hands, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 02:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

which one was aka golden arms? i forgot.

g®▲Ðұ, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 02:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

I gave it to the ODB.

Tape Store, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 02:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'll give ugod the pity vote.

-- chaki, Tuesday, May 15, 2007 9:47 PM (41 minutes ago)


If we all make solemn vows to derail all the polls like this, they might go away.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 02:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

gza, secret weapon

Edward III, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 02:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

which one was aka golden arms? i forgot.

U-God. Who really isn't all that bad! I'm unconvinced by any of the solo stuff I've heard (haven't heard much though) but on the posse cuts he actually can take credit for a number of classic Wu moments.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 02:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

I remember this about him.

g®▲Ðұ, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 02:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

which one was aka golden arms? i forgot.

U-GOD!

"im pushin force, my force your doubtin
im makin devils cower to the caucus mountains"

max, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 02:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

*youre

max, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 02:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Voted GZA, though. The Genius is just the Genius - the backbone of the whole thing.

Have a feeling the pity votes are misplaced - it's the cred-deprived Method Man who's probably going to end up underrated here, but I could be wrong.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 02:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

but i obv voted for method man almost entirely cause of "i got... myself a forty i got... myself a shorty and im about to go and stick it"

max, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 02:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

xpost meth deserves love

max, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 02:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

i've always kinda thought GZA was the most overrated. obv Liquid Swords rules but a lot of the best moments are down to RZA & the guests, and he just seems like the most humourless of the bunch? i mean fine he's 'the genius' but does that have to mean he can't crack a joke from time to time?

also he's always so calm and collected. it's like he never really attacks, unlike U-God who seems so grateful on the rare occasion that he's in the spotlight that he gets all excited and goes hell-for-leather.

jabba hands, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 03:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

i was jk about ugod. i agree he kills it on alot of the classic tracks.

chaki, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 03:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

haha, if i was gonna give a "sympathy vote" it would be for inspectah deck -- not out of pity at all, but because he actually IS an excellent MC with lots of great moments scattered across the wu canon who nonetheless gets overshadowed by every other wu-man. he's the wu's mc ren, or george harrison.

my real vote went to RZA -- because he's the sharpest motherfucker in the whole clan, he's always on point. Razor sharp—with the beats, with the rhymes, whatever ...

Eisbaer, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 03:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

for lyrics Deck might be my number 1 too actually, but perhaps he isn't quite charismatic enough to win this. i'll prob go with Meth or RZA on a 'who is the most entertaining' basis.

jabba hands, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 03:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

i've always kinda thought GZA was the most overrated. obv Liquid Swords rules but a lot of the best moments are down to RZA & the guests, and he just seems like the most humourless of the bunch? i mean fine he's 'the genius' but does that have to mean he can't crack a joke from time to time?

um, how about "labels" from [i]liquid swords{/i]? his verse on "protect ya neck"? or "I came down with phat tracks that combine and interlock / Like getting smashed by a cinder block / Blaow! Now it's all over /Niggaz seeing pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars and green clovers"?

Eisbaer, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 03:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

that's all great of course, he just strikes me as a bit of a boring dude!

jabba hands, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 03:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

but he is trying to be humorous on those tracks ... ah well, i didn't vote for him either (though i did vote for liquid swords on the wu-tang poll thread).

Eisbaer, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 03:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

Meth is class president.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 03:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

deck's verse on "triumph" really makes the song

max, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 03:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

^^^^favorite verse on favorite wu-tang song

g®▲Ðұ, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 04:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

ghostface

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 06:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

Juh-jukka-genius

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 08:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

POLL closes: May 05

2008?

StanM, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 08:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

No Cappadonna?

I think there's a difference between Wu-Tangers as group members and as solo artists. Some of them, like Deck or Ghost, fit really well into the group dynamic and have great verses on the Clan albums, but are kinda hard to take for the duration of a whole solo album.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 12:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

RONG

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 12:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

I know many will disagree, but I find Ghost's voice, flow, and lyrics to get kinda tiresome if I have to listen to him for 60+ minutes.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 12:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

i've always kinda thought GZA was the most overrated. obv Liquid Swords rules but a lot of the best moments are down to RZA & the guests, and he just seems like the most humourless of the bunch? i mean fine he's 'the genius' but does that have to mean he can't crack a joke from time to time?

gza's deadpan but he doesn't lack humor (maybe you're confusing him with killah priest ZING). in retrospect liquid swords got a lot of props, so gza's not as underrated as he used to be. deck and u-god are lifetime holders of that title. overrated? when he effortlessly drops hall-of-fame rhymes like this it's not possible:

doin' artists in like cain did abel
now they money's gettin' stuck to the gum under the table


he's not as wild as the others but the depth and craft in his lyrics is something else.

Edward III, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 14:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

U-God for sheer weirdness alone

braveclub, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 14:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm still deciding, but I think it'll come down to either GZA or Ghost.

Oilyrags, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 14:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

unsurprisingly ODB for me. (this is favorite, not most talented, right?)

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 14:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

RZA, for accent, will, soundscape. deck is most underrated. GZA is corniest.

gabbneb, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 14:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

and randomness without clowning

gabbneb, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 14:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

GZA and Ghost have those great narratives, though. I'm not denying GZA's occassional wordplay overdose eyeroller of a track, but occassionally listening to those guys is like reading a Parker novel or something.

Oilyrags, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 14:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah, i don't like narrative tho

gabbneb, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 14:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

ghost in a pinch.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 14:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

1 for meth.

bell_labs, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 14:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

unlike U-God who seems so grateful on the rare occasion that he's in the spotlight that he gets all excited and goes hell-for-leather.

I don't agree that GZA takes it for granted/is too chill, but I'd agree with this statement wholeheartedly. The "raw like cocaine straight from Bolivia" verse is one of the best by anybody on 36 Chambers, and he rocks all over "Gravel Pit" and "Pinky Ring."

Deck has elsewhere on ILM been tagged "the greatest one-verse MC ever" which I find sadly true from the solo tracks I've checked out - I like them, but as Tuomas says about Ghostface, I can't really imagine 60 minutes of him front and center. GZA, Meth, no problem. But he makes "Triumph" and "Protect Ya Neck" as we all know, and, of course "7th Chamber" which gives us probably my favorite Wu snippet this side of "4th Chamber":

Yo, I leave the mic in body bags, my rap style has
the force to leave you lost like the tribe of Shabazz
Murderous material made by a madman
it's the mic wrecker, Inspectah, bad man


RZA's at a disadvantage here because half his contribution is in the production, which is pretty much fantastic across the board. When he's compared as an MC, he isn't quite in the top league - he has a bunch of great verses but also a number of kind of impenetrable wack things.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 15:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

impenetrable wack is what makes him good!

gabbneb, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 15:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

7th chamber is the realest song on enter the wu

and what, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 15:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

i like the remix

deej, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 15:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

or 'part ii' or whatever its called

deej, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 15:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah thats what i was talking about, what those deck rhymes are from

and what, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 15:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

RZA for me. Every time he mentions the applehead he makes the track.

No homo.

paulhw, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 17:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

rza then odb then ghost then meth then gza

forksclovetofu, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 20:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

raekwon

am0n, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 21:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

dr morbius

latebloomer, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 21:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Not even the "best," but these days my favorite is RZA easy. Specifically for his blunted delivery and verses on...

4th Chamber:
Aiyyo, camouflage chameleon - ninjas scalin your buildin
No time to grab the gun they already got your wife and children...


Assassination Day:
You can never master, it's invincible, Wu-Tang indispensable
One nation under God, indivisible
With liberty and justice, the mic is in my clutches
Thugs who bring ruckus, leave in crutches


Reunited:
Wu-Tang Incorp. take your brain on spacewalk
Talk strange like B-jork, great hero Jim Thorpe
How can I put it? Life is like video footage
Hard to edit, directors, they never understood it
...
Grow like a fetus with no hands and feet to complete us
and we return like Jesus, when the whole world need us


PS - His own solo stuff aside, Meth's the most consistent and really ought to win this thing - almost never less than great, and often brilliant. He pretty much holds Forever together. And his verse on Radioactive is sublime...

It ain't all to the good, muh'fuckers hatin in the hood
Gotta a hundred wolves waitin in the woods
for the Clan's forthcomin'
I miss you in the game a court summons
And fugitives of rap caught runnin, y'all get locked up
E'rything was wack 'til we popped up
And got it on and poppin like Orville Reddenbacher
Podnuh, you ain't got no wins in mi casa
Wu-Tang got ya, like every ghetto got a Tasha
Request lines are now open, you see these MC's chokin
and thinkin, "What's that SHIT they be smokin?"
I'm so focused, simple chronic halitosis
Keep my shit funky when I spit this braggadocious
[hach, spit] Y'all niggaz got some fuckin nerve
to critic what I write, that's my muh'fuckin word
Blah blah blah, like N'Sync
Kiss that ass "Bye Bye Bye" knahmsayin? I ain't playin...


U-God and Masta Killa are probably the most underrated.

rogermexico., Wednesday, 16 May 2007 23:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

gza - some of the best flows on 36 chambers and liquid swords is just brilliant

gman, Thursday, 17 May 2007 03:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

This is too damn hard. I've managed to narrow it down to GZA & Ghost, but.......

The Reverend, Thursday, 17 May 2007 04:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

Voted Gza cause the guy tried to steal my spaghetti during an interview.

MaGoGo, Thursday, 17 May 2007 15:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

POLL closes: May 05

2008?

-- StanM, Wednesday, May 16, 2007 4:22 AM (1 week ago)

Poll Closing Date: Monday, May 4, 2020 7:00 PM

am0n, Monday, 28 May 2007 22:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

sweet.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 28 May 2007 22:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

i wish i could go back and vote for rza

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 28 May 2007 22:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

if only people hadn't posted who they voted for, so we could dig up the time capsule in 13 years and be surprised by the results

bernard snowy, Monday, 28 May 2007 22:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

if only people hadn't posted who they voted for, so we could dig up the time capsule in 13 years and be surprised by the results

in the future, u-god will be the most highly praised wu-tanger ...

... or, with a greater probability, method man will be the most highly praised wu-tanger and 13 years from now folks will be shocked that he got so little love back in the day.

Eisbaer, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 03:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

U-God is awful. His verses are almost uniformly bad, IMHO.

RZA is a great lyricist and his beats (at least before 2000), are amazing.
GZA's verses are the most cerebral.
Inspectah Deck is a hugely underrated lyricist, and while he's not charismatic enough to handle a track alone, he always makes a track better (BTW, check his verse on "Let My Niggas Live"-- it's badass)
Ghostface is the most stream-of-consciousness and in many ways the most surreal lyricist.
ODB... well, you gotta love ODB.
I don't really care for Meth all that much. His style doesn't really fit in with the other members in my opinion.

Richard Wood Johnson, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 19:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

you sound like a valuable new poster

deej, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 19:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

i voted for Ghostface, although maybe i should have voted GZA. for year, Beneath the Surface was the only wu-tang album i owned.

From the Daily News: When rapper Method Man rolled down his SUV's window at the Battery Tunnel to pay the toll, a cloud of marijuana smoke wafted outside - and landed him in jail, authorities said yesterday. "It was like something out of 'Cheech and Chong.' He rolls down the window and the smoke would choke a horse," a source said.

poortheatre, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 19:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

i voted gza.

M@tt He1ges0n, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 19:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

i voted for meth, in the end.

jabba hands, Wednesday, 30 May 2007 01:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

ODB

"WU-TANG IS FOR THE CHILDREN!"

j-rock, Wednesday, 30 May 2007 01:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

Insightful, "Wood" Johnson!

xposts

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 30 May 2007 01:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's gotta be the Genius!

Davey D, Wednesday, 30 May 2007 02:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

eight years pass...

Best to worst:

Ghost
Rae
GZA
Deck
Mef
ODB
RZA
Masta Killa
Cappadonna
U-God

Voted Ghost

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Friday, 11 December 2015 20:23 (one year ago) Permalink

looks like I already voted in this one...

I'm guessing it was for Raekwon

Check Yr Scrobbles (Moodles), Friday, 11 December 2015 20:28 (one year ago) Permalink

only 5 years to go!

Ghostface no contest

Οὖτις, Friday, 11 December 2015 20:28 (one year ago) Permalink

betting my food stamps on ODB!

rip van wanko, Friday, 11 December 2015 20:30 (one year ago) Permalink

ghost

marcos, Friday, 11 December 2015 20:38 (one year ago) Permalink

GZA is corniest.

― gabbneb, Wednesday, May 16, 2007 10:29 AM (8 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the fuck

marcos, Friday, 11 December 2015 20:39 (one year ago) Permalink

gza possibly least corny out of this whole group jfc

marcos, Friday, 11 December 2015 20:44 (one year ago) Permalink

oh god lets not have that debate again...

flopson, Friday, 11 December 2015 21:08 (one year ago) Permalink

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lute bro (brimstead), Friday, 11 December 2015 21:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Hoping all you peeps are gearing up for the Wu Tang artist poll (probs sometime around mid 2016?)

Spottie, Friday, 11 December 2015 21:37 (one year ago) Permalink

should've done it back in 2002 - the battle was filled with the wu iirc

Doctor Casino, Friday, 11 December 2015 22:20 (one year ago) Permalink

kinda pumped to do it next year, i really haven't dipped into old Wu in years. Ready for a refresher.

Spottie, Friday, 11 December 2015 22:22 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

new single:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_7msIox3e4

sounds old, though

niels, Friday, 25 August 2017 12:16 (two months ago) Permalink

Poll Closing Date: Tuesday, 5 May 2020 00:00 (in 2 years)

lol waht

frankfurters take on new glamour in this gleaming aspic (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 25 August 2017 12:21 (two months ago) Permalink

i do wonder who i voted for 10 years ago

ciderpress, Friday, 25 August 2017 14:29 (two months ago) Permalink

I probably voted for GZA in 2007; this time around I'm going with Cap'n Checkmate because his contributions to The W and Iron Flag are waaaaay overlooked and I'd hate to see him end up with 0 votes after all these years

the old rugged crocs (unregistered), Thursday, 7 September 2017 22:51 (two months ago) Permalink

i think this year i'm voting for inspectah deck. hopefully i haven't made that choice all the other times or the results are really gonna be skewed.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 8 September 2017 03:23 (two months ago) Permalink


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