Ghost: We came in to destroy niggas. First niggas on the line was Hit Squad because—that was them. No disrespect, I loved Hit Squad, but we wanted to destroy them. They had a big group, they had Das, K-Solo, Redman, Erick Sermon and Parrish, and those were the only ones that were saying shit we wanted to hear. So, who you got? You’ve got Genius, RZA, Ol’ Dirty, Method Man, you’ve got Inspectah Deck, killas that just straight… It’s a sport! Those are the guys you gotta go beat! You gotta go get ‘em!
So they had “Headbanger,” we came in with a little “Protect Ya Neck” right in back of it and shit. Not saying that “Protect Ya Neck” beat them niggas out because “Headbanger” was strong—they had lines in there. Redman was going crazy in there—clearing everything. But they’re the ones that… I just remember watching “Headbanger” and then “Protect Ya Neck” came in with a bunch of dudes and from there… It wasn’t like our focus was on them, even after that, because everyone started doing other shit. But for that first record, that’s how I was sizing it up.
Deck: Wu was the biggest machine moving. Wu came through like the first Terminator. Everybody in the way terminated it. Once the eyes were on you, you were in the way. We went through that with the Hit Squad. I remember us sitting in the house and wondering, “Man, if we do make it. We gotta deal with the Hit Squad. Redman, Das EFX, Erick Sermon. Fuck!” These are my dudes. Part of my rapping comes from that. So how do you approach that? I remember we was there like, “Meth, you take Redman. You get K-Solo. You get Das EFX.” We sat there really mapping it out and then Hit Squad broke up. Then we were thinking, “Damn, Brand Nubian are on the same tip that we are, teaching knowledge.” Then Brand Nubian broke up. N.W.A reminded us of us and they broke up. Leaders Of The New School broke up.
Everybody was breaking up so RZA said it’s the perfect time. Clan means family. We brought the idea of nine of us. That’s my brother. I don’t care. We got saying with you. That’s how we do. That idea kind of spawned everything. People respected that. I think Wu-Tang had the utmost respect in the beginning especially because it was something new. You didn’t know us. We had our faces covered on the first album until you bought it and opened it up.