MEMBERS: Masta Killa, RZA, Ol'
Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, Method Man,
Cappadonna, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck,
Genius/GZA, and U-God
BIRTHDAYS: Raekwon (January 12,
Wu-Tang Clan topped the
Billboard Hot Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales chart
for a week with "C.R.E.A.M."
Wu-Tang Clan won Source Awards for New Artist of the
Year (Group) and Single of the Year ("Method
Ol' Dirty Bastard: # 167
Singles Artist of the Year
Wu-Tang Clan released Wu-Tang
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.
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.
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.
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
Ol' Dirty Bastard: # 156
Singles Artist of the Year
Wu Tang Clan were nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop
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.
Ol' Dirty interrupted Shawn
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
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
Ol' Dirty Bastard was accused of stealing a pair of
sneakers worth $50.
Swarm, Vol. 1 was released.
An arrest warrant was issued for Ol' Dirty when he
failed to appear in a Virginian court to faces
charges of shoplifting.
ODB hit the Top 40 helping out Pras Michel and Mya with "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" from the film Bullworth.
ODB hit the Top 10 with "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" (with Pras Michel and Mya).
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)").
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.
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.
Method Man was arrested in Memphis and charged with
obstructing traffic while signing autographs outside
his hotel room and resisting arrest.
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.
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.
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
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."
It was reported by New York Post that some
members of Wu-Tang Clan were being investigated for
possible gun-running charges."
Wu-Chronicles was released.
Ol' Dirty Bastard entered a drug rehabilitation
center after skipping out of a court date in
ODB was sentenced to 1 year in a drug rehabilitation
facility and 3 years probation after pleading no
contest to various charges.
Ol' Dirty Bastard: # 161
Singles Artist of the Year
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.
Ol' Dirty Bastard was on the run and
wanted after running away from a drug-treatment
facility in California.
The group released The W with the first single,
"Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)."
ODB was arrested again on warrants issued after he
fled a drug rehabilitation center.
The W hit #1 on the Billboard
R&B / Hip-Hop Chart and was certified platinum.
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.
ODB was sentenced to 2 more years in jail for
possession of body armor.
Wu-Tang Clan released Iron
ODB released The
Trials & Tribulations Of Russell Jones.
VH1: 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists includes Wu-Tang Clan at # 12.
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
Rolling Stone: The 500
Greatest Albums of All Time: # 386: Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers.
Wu-Tang reunited for a concert on July 17th in
Of The 36 Chambers was released September 28th.
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
Wu-Tang Clan released 8
(Billboard peak: # 25 - Rolling Stone: - Entertainment Weekly: C-).
Entertainment Weekly: 100 Best
Albums of the Last 25 Years included Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers at # 42.
Wu-Tang Clan was nominated for a American Music Awards for Favorite