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  Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

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MEMBERS: Masta Killa, RZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, Method Man, Cappadonna, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Genius/GZA, and U-God
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BIRTHDAYS: Raekwon (January 12, 1968)
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BIGGEST LP: Wu-Tang Forever (1997)



Wu-Tang Clanbutton.gif (123 bytes) Wu-Tang Clan topped the Billboard Hot Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales chart for a week with "C.R.E.A.M."

button.gif (123 bytes) Wu-Tang Clan won Source Awards for New Artist of the Year (Group) and Single of the Year ("Method Man").


Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Foreverbutton.gif (123 bytes) Wu-Tang Clan released Wu-Tang Forever.
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Wu-Tang Forever topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart for a week, the Billboard R&B Albums chart for 2 weeks, and the UK Albums chart for a week.

button.gif (123 bytes) 4 (Raekwon, GZA, Inspectah Deck, and Method Man) members of Wu-Tang Clan found themselves under investigation for beating an employee (a promotion representative) of their record company. The incident allegedly occurred in Chicago. The group had recently and suddenly left its tour with Rage Against The Machine with no official comment to why.

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legendbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ol' Dirty Bastard (aka Russell Jones) was arrested in New York on for not paying child support for his 3 children. Jones reportedly failed to pay over $700 a week in support during most of 1996 and a portion of 1997. Jones was also wanted on charges of domestic assault and driving under the influence, and was served with divorce papers after the court appearance. Jones was arraigned and a court date in the future was set for the allegations.

button.gif (123 bytes) Ghostface Killah (aka Dennis Coles) was arrested for weapons possession in Harlem. Police found a loaded Magnum and hollow-point bullets in Cole's car after he had words with police officers who had pulled over a friend's car. The New York Post reports that Coles was wearing a bullet-proof vest which allowed the police officers to search his vehicle. Coles had been scheduled to appear in court last week on robbery charges, but failed to appear claiming malaria.


button.gif (123 bytes) Wu Tang Clan were nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist.

button.gif (123 bytes) Ol' Dirty Bastard of Wu Tang Clan became a life saver when he helped a 4-year old who had been hit by a car. Ol' Dirty was working a Brooklyn recording studio when the accident happened, and was one of a dozen individuals who helped lift the car to release the pinned child. The child was rushed to hospital suffering from burns.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ol' Dirty interrupted
Shawn Colvin's acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards by grabbing a microphone and complaining that he bought a new suit, and didn't win an award. Part of his "speech" included: "Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is the best..." He told MTV that, "...something just jumped into my blood." Wu-Tang Clan had been nominated for Best Rap Album for Wu-Tang Forever.

button.gif (123 bytes) Ol' Dirty Bastard was shot in the back during a robbery attempt in Brooklyn, New York. He checked himself out of the hospital 8 hours after being brought in to treat the gunshot wounds, which were called "superficial."
button.gif (123 bytes) Ol' Dirty Bastard was accused of stealing a pair of sneakers worth $50.

Wu-Tang Clan - The Swarm, Vol. 1button.gif (123 bytes) The Swarm, Vol. 1 was released.
button.gif (123 bytes) An arrest warrant was issued for Ol' Dirty when he failed to appear in a Virginian court to faces charges of shoplifting.
button.gif (123 bytes) ODB hit the Top 40 helping out
Pras Michel and Mya with "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" from the film Bullworth.

button.gif (123 bytes) ODB hit the
Top 10 with "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" (with Pras Michel and Mya).

Bullworth soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ol' Dirty Bastard was nominated for 2 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rap Video and Best Video from a Film ("Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)").
button.gif (123 bytes) Ol' Dirty Bastard was arrested and accused of threatening to shoot and kill security guards after being asked to leave a nightclub in California for drunken behavior. ODB was arrested at the House of Blues in West Hollywood and released on bail the following day after being "drunk, disorderly, and annoying other patrons..." and then threatening to kill security guards when they tried to remove him from the club.

button.gif (123 bytes) Wu-Tang Clan had a lawsuit filed against them by a woman claiming the group battered her and held her against her will in August of '97.
button.gif (123 bytes) Method Man was arrested in Memphis and charged with obstructing traffic while signing autographs outside his hotel room and resisting arrest.

button.gif (123 bytes) Ol' Dirty Bastard was arrested yet again in California for allegedly threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend, twice. He was apprehended while trying to climb a security gate to enter where she works.

button.gif (123 bytes) Ol' Dirty Bastard of Wu-Tang Clan was named as the #1 NewsMaker of 1998 by MTV more for his antics and arrests over the year than his music.


button.gif (123 bytes) Ol' Dirty Bastard was arrested again in New York for attempted murder after a shootout with police over a traffic stop (for driving erratically). He sat in jail for a few days as questions about the incident arose - especially the question of whether or not a weapon was found by the police. ODB reportedly said he was holding a cell phone, not a weapon.

button.gif (123 bytes) A grand jury decided ODB should not face charges for the incident in January, and he promised to sue the police department stating "They took shots at me... now I'm taking shots back at y'all."
button.gif (123 bytes) It was reported by New York Post that some members of Wu-Tang Clan were being investigated for possible gun-running charges."

Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Chroniclesbutton.gif (123 bytes) Wu-Chronicles was released.

button.gif (123 bytes) Ol' Dirty Bastard entered a drug rehabilitation center after skipping out of a court date in California.

button.gif (123 bytes) ODB was sentenced to 1 year in a drug rehabilitation facility and 3 years probation after pleading no contest to various charges.

2000... Ol' Dirty Bastard: # 161 Singles Artist of the Year

button.gif (123 bytes) Wu-Tang Clan re-grouped for a summer tour. Ol' Dirty Bastard would not be part of the tour after he was sentenced to 6 months in a drug rehabilitation center after 90 days of evaluation.

button.gif (123 bytes) Ol' Dirty Bastard was on the run and wanted after running away from a drug-treatment facility in California.

Wu-Tang Clan - The WNovember
button.gif (123 bytes) The group released The W with the first single, "Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)."
button.gif (123 bytes) ODB was arrested again on warrants issued after he fled a drug rehabilitation center.

button.gif (123 bytes) The W hit #1 on the Billboard R&B / Hip-Hop Chart and was certified platinum.


button.gif (123 bytes) ODB plead guilty to drug charges which will allow him to only serve 2 to 4 years in prison. The agreement would drop bail-jumping charges.

button.gif (123 bytes) ODB was sentenced to 2 more years in jail for possession of body armor.

Wu-Tang Clan - Iron Flagbutton.gif (123 bytes) Wu-Tang Clan released Iron Flag.


button.gif (123 bytes) Iron Flag was certified gold.

button.gif (123 bytes) ODB released
The Trials & Tribulations Of Russell Jones.


button.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists includes Wu-Tang Clan at # 12.

button.gif (123 bytes) ODB was released from jail after 2 years for drug charges. A few days later he signed a deal with Roc-A-Fella Records and changed his name to 'Dirt McGirt.'

Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-Timebutton.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: # 386: Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers.


button.gif (123 bytes) Wu-Tang reunited for a concert on July 17th in California. Disciples Of The 36 Chambers was released September 28th.

button.gif (123 bytes) ODB died suddenly in a New York recording studio at the age of 35. A medical examiner's report later stated the rapper died of an accidental overdose - the mixture of cocaine and Tramadol, a prescription pain killer.


Wu Tang Clan - The 8 Diagramsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Wu-Tang Clan released 8 Diagrams (Billboard peak: # 25 - Rolling Stone: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: C-).


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Entertainment Weekly: 100 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years included Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers at # 42.

Wu-Tang Clan - 'A Better Tomorrow'button.gif (123 bytes) Wu-Tang Clan was nominated for a American Music Awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Band/Duo/Group





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