Most iconic rap group: N.W.A. or Wu-Tang Clan?
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Most iconic rap group: N.W.A. or Wu-Tang Clan?

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There are a few different legendary rap groups, but N.W.A. and Wu-Tang Clan are definitely on the list. N.W.A. was comprised of Californian rappers who helped put "gangsta rap" on the map and were not afraid to say "[bleep] the police." Wu-Tang Clan was made up of rappers from Staten Island, New York who took a different approach to rap. Wu-Tang was loved for their philosophical lyrics and love of martial arts. Which rap group is your favorite? 

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Comedian Godfrey sat down with DJ Vlad of Vlad TV and they hashed out which group was more influential. They mention other groups that impacted hip-hop like Outkast and Geto Boys, but its clear N.W.A. and Wu-Tang were the most iconic.

N.W.A. released "Straight Outta Compton" on August 8, 1988. The group is respected for their hit "F–k tha Police," which tackled police brutality. Speaking out so candidly and vulgarly about law enforcement and the circumstances people of color are subjected to was unprecedented in rap at the time. But loudly declaring the flaws of the criminal justice system was just a start, Kory Grow of Rolling Stone revealed other facts about the group you may be unaware of. The group was credited for creating gangsta rap, but that wasn't their intention. 

The group didn’t call their music “gangsta rap” when it came out.
“We were trying to make records that can go on the radio, and when we started doing mixtapes — which we knew wasn’t going on the radio — that’s when we really started to talk about the neighborhood,” Ice Cube told Rolling Stone in 2015. “Talking about what really led into the style that we ended up doing, which is now called hardcore gangster rap. Back then we was calling it ‘reality rap’; ‘gangsta rap’ is the name that the media coined.”

Check out the iconic "Straight Outta Compton" LP below via Spotify. 

2018 marks the 25th-year anniversary of the Wu-Tang Clan's debut album "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)."  "Protect Ya Neck" and "C.R.E.A.M" are two of the groups most notable classics. Even though the members have gone on to do solo projects, fans say together they are untouchable. The New York rappers are known for changing the hip-hop game. One reason is that they stayed authentic to themselves. Martín Caballero of USA Today says:

There's a reason member RZA's book The Wu-Tang Manual contains a glossary: From the beginning, Wu-Tang painted vivid pictures of urban life using the language of the streets. But it was more than just slang; they helped introduce a new lexicon that weaved influences from Five Percent Nation (an offshoot of the Nation of Islam) philosophy, Asian cinema, food and other elements into a uniquely original vocabulary. "Biscuits" were guns, "sharks" were those who "bit" (or copied) their style, "Earths" were women. Rather than simplifying their speech for a mass audience, they brought that audience into their own world, speaking to them on their own terms with their own words.

Check out their iconic album "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" below via Spotify. 

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