Inspectah Deck Says 20 Year Wu-Tang Clan Anniversary "Is Really 30 Years"

Inspectah Deck recalls pre-"Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" days, including Ghostface Killah having "an afro like the Jackson 5."

The Wu-Tang Clan's 20-year anniversary has arrived, so it's natural that its members are reminiscing.

In an interview with noisy, the Wu's Inspectah Deck recalled his pre-Wu days.

"I come from [that] era; I used to breakdance, I used to pop and lock," said INS. "I used to battle Ghostface Killah."

Deck continued, explaining the differences between his and Ghostface's styles on the dance floor. "Ghostface Killah used to breakdance. I used to pop and lock. Electric Boogie. We used to go to junior high school together. We used to battle every day like it was Beat Street the movie. Don't get me wrong; Ghost used to have an afro, like the Jackson 5."

"Anything on the floor-wise, he was good. But standing up? I got you. He beat me today, I might beat him tomorrow," he added.

The talk of schoolyard days transitioned to the beginning of the legendary collective's legacy, which Deck credited to RZA, whose famed five-year plan to release made the Wu one of the most influential and ubiquitous Rap collectives in history.

"I can honestly say, RZA might've saw this happening," he said. "He really saw this far back then. Twenty-year Wu-Tang anniversary is actually like a thirty-year anniversary for us. It's ill that we still here."

"When we first came out, we had the masks on," said Deck, referring to the cover art of the group's debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Stocking caps and everything on the album cover, so people didn't really know who we were, what we looked like. By the time the album dropped, we got back to New York. The first album release at Webster Hall, and it was a surprise... It was crazy. I remembered seeing everybody that we looked up to: Busta Rhymes, Brand Nubian...everybody that we had listened to growing up."

"I remembered seeing all those cats like, 'Yo! They on our shit!"

Prior to the release of 36 Chambers in 1993, GZA released Words from the Genius as "the Genius" on Cold Chillin' Records in 1991. Additionally, RZA released the Ooh, I Love You, Rakeem EP on Tommy Boy in 1991. Because 2013 is the 20th anniversary of 36 Chambers, the group has plans to drop a reunion project.

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13 Comments

  • Anonymous

    And who gave you corny ass young kids the right to talk about who needs to put the mic down??.. You fags are all fans of guys like LIL WAYNE, TWO CHAINZ, TI, and DRAKE... Based on that alone, you guys shouldn't talk anymore. Just sit down and shut up.

  • Anonymous

    to all you youngin's talking smack about "old rappers" and the new shit is Drake, 2Chains .....he'll be 2Broke in 3 years...dumb niggas always go broke.....but anyway, back to the kids...niggas probably gangbanged your mothers to some of these classic Wu joints. You should bow down to the WU. If it wasnt for them, ..she probably would have swallowed you.

  • Anonymous

    in other words, these guys are old as fuck and are in the process of looking for a retirement home that will house their 85 members.

  • IMhO

    wutang is a beast- i just hope they still come with that fire. that said theres old ass swag rappers like gucci n them 30-40+ years old.. whats worse than hearing old rappers rap about the street life they lived? hearing old rappers talk about swaggin.

  • Real Talk

    Im confused by comments below about "old" rappers, aren't 2Chainz and Rick Ross and Juicy J like 45 years old? 2Chainz still quoting NWA records from the 85 and shit lol

  • killa

    I woke up in a new buggatti.. thats what rap is these days? lol wack ass youngins, dam shame they missed the real hiphop era, an era like that only comes around once a lifetime, too bad so sad you 15year olds missed it

  • NickRazor

    Wow. the haters jumped on this one quick. Its ok. they dont understand. they are just kids

  • Anonymous

    Nothing worse then old farts claiming to be pimps, hustlers, killers etc. Get a life you are 48 years old and not 17 years.

    • Anonymous

      I don't care if they're 17 or 70, as long as they're rapping circles round Chief Keefs wack ass they're all good.

  • Yung Djini

    these old rappers dont know when its time to stop and lay the mic down these days. im sorry but nobody is waiting for yall to fall and bust your hip on stage.