The Birth Of The Wu
Inspectah Deck: RZA didn’t know that I knew Method Man, Raekwon and U-God, we were all from the same neighborhood. I came to RZA’s house with them the next time we met up and it was just like, “Where’s the beats? What do you want to do?” And [RZA] threw some beats on and I hadn’t heard anything like that at the time like that. I looked at Meth and we look at each other like, “Yo, we’ll get back.” I got [RZA’s] number then and came back to Park Hill and it was one day—I used to sell drugs and all that craziness—me and Meth were out on the avenue and we didn’t have anything left. We had a pocket full of money and I say, “What you wanna do?” He was like, “Yo! RZA invited us down so we should go see.” That’s when I met Ol’ Dirty, GZA, it was like a family affair, Ghostface was there. Everybody! The whole clan was there. That’s how we all got formally introduced as far as that side of the fence. Me, Ghost, Raekwon and U-God grew up and went to school together and things like that.
“[Ol' Dirty Bastard was] the best. The best. You can’t really put it into words. Just the best. Energy, character. That’s all he’s got to say: ‘Y’all ain’t shit without me.’ That’s my brother.” —Ghostface Killah
Ghostface Killah: Things started happening, and I started seeing a little bit of money here, a little bit of money there. I was still making money in ’93 though. My last brick was probably in ’95, ’96, and after that I was just seeing money. $300,000 over here, $500,000 over there—you know what I mean? There’s no reason for me to still be doing a bunch of shit. That was it. We was doin’ it.
Deck: Our mothers were involved. RZA’s mother was involved in a lot of things going on. Raekwon’s mother, she was the cook. She used to sell dinners in the hood for $5, so she was feeding us. RZA’s mother was helping us take care of our financial things as his partner at the time. It was more of a family thing.
Ghost: [Ol' Dirty Bastard was] the best. The best. You can’t really put it into words. Just the best. Energy, character. He never did anything to hurt your feelings, but he’d come in and say he was the best—you know what I mean? That’s all he’s got to say: “Y’all ain’t shit without me.” That’s my brother. You can say whatever you want to me or us—whatchu gonna say to him? Whatchu gonna do to him? Nothing.
Deck: We didn’t come together to make a record. We were already together. The record just happened to fall together upon us. “Hey! You guys want to make a record? Fuck it! Let’s do it.” If the record didn’t happen, we still would be as tight as we are. We probably would have moved off into our own lives but it’s not like we came together to make a record like, “I don’t really know you.” Wu-Tang is from the karate pictures we used to watch all the time. Wu-Tang turned into a word we used for dope. “Yo. That shit’s Wu! It’s Wu-Tang.” Just making things up. [RZA] was like, I want to take that to a whole other level and he had this ideology behind it like Clan means family and Wu-Tang is a sword, the tongue is a sword.