Consisting of nine NY natives, the Wu-Tang Clan is arguably one of the most influential rap groups and possibly one of the best in hip-hop history. Wu-Tang constituents are well renowned for their use of imagery and graphic metaphors throughout their lyrics and videos, most notably in â€œTriumph.â€ The name Wu-Tang stems from the martial arts film, Shaolin and Wu Tang, where warriors were trained to fight in the Wu-Tang kung fu style. Since their creation in 1992, the Wu have fused many different artistic influences into their music, videos and especially cover art. Together Wu-Tang and their affiliates have dropped over 100 albums and mixtapes, each with their own distinct and creative cover art that continue to catch the eyes of fans across the globe.
The Wu-Tang â€œWâ€ is one of the most distinguishable logos in hip-hop culture. Wu clan members adorn the â€œWâ€ logo on everything from clothing to chains, but it is most prominent on dozens of album covers. By staying consistent with the infamous â€œW,â€ the Clan have made themselves instantly recognizable and popular within hip-hop culture.
GZA and DJ Muggs – Grandmasters
GZA joins forces with DJ Muggs on the cleverly titled Grandmasters album. As the self proclaimed grandmasters of their crafts, GZA and Muggs use the â€œgrandmasters of chessâ€ theme to express their deft skill and intellect. The flags of the chess table mirror the shape of the â€œWâ€ logo and the chess game imagery reflects the chess terminology used in the track listing like â€œQueenâ€™s Gambit,â€ â€œUnprotected Pieces,â€ â€œAdvanced Pawns,â€ and â€œSmothered Mate.â€
Masta Killa – No Said Date
Masta Killa brings listeners back to the vintage, old school meets new school sound of Wu-Tang in tracks like â€œDigi Warfare,â€ â€œSchoolâ€ and â€œOld Man.â€ The Masta Killa initials are reminiscent of the classic â€œWâ€ logo on a back drop of splattered paint and a mixture of classic hip-hop images of a turntable and speaker as well as a few fantasy references like the demon that are often featured in the more creative Wu album covers.
Method Man – Tical
Method Man foreshadows the dark themes and deep bass of Tical, specifically in â€œBiscuitsâ€ and â€œSub Crazy,â€ with deep hues and intense dark, wispy cover art. His marijuana references parallel the picture of him blowing smoke and the tattered â€œWâ€ logo mimics that of a horror story.
RZA – Bobby Digital in Stereo
Bobby Digital in Stereo introduced the world to RZAâ€™s cyber-thug, alter-ego Bobby Digital. This album cover depicts the heroic Bobby Digital over a back drop of fast cars, girls and enemies emerging from a giant â€œWâ€ logo.