Cam'ron & Jadakiss Recall First Hearing Wu-Tang Clan

Steve Rifkind speaks on his relationship with RZA. Cam'ron and Jadakiss remember first hearing Wu-Tang Clan in high school.

On the 20th anniversary of the release of Wu-Tang Clan’s iconic debut, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), a number of emcees have come forward to share their memories of the Staten Island crew. Cam’ron, Jadakiss, and music industry vet Steve Rifkind are among a handful of people who revealed their memories of the group in “Wu-Forever Celebrating 20 Years Of Wu-Tang Clan,” a three-part video special put on by

It was outside of his former high school when Harlem spitter Cam’ron says he was first introduced to the music of Wu-Tang Clan.

“I was walking out of high school, school was over, there was some other kids from my school who never go to class, outside on the corner chillin’,” said Cam. “And they was playing, I’m like ‘Yo, who is that?’ And they was like ‘Wu-Tang Clan.’ I’m like ‘Wu-Tang? What is that?’ You know when you first heard the name you like ‘What is Wu-Tang Clan? What are you talking about?’ They like ‘Nah, it’s these dudes.’ So, then I’m outside listening. I’m like ‘How many people are on this song, yo?’”

Similar to Cam’ron, Jadakiss says he also caught his first listen to the nine-man group while in high school. According to Jada, his first listen came via “Protect Ya Neck,” Wu-Tang’s debut single.

“They incorporated the whole kung-fu, the whole—they slang. They had they own slang,” said Jadakiss. “It’s nine of them. One of them wasn’t showing his face. The Ol’ Dirty that was wild, different personalities and energies. So, that was crazy. I remember somebody came with ‘Protect Ya Neck.’ First time I heard ‘Protect Ya Neck’ was in the school in the bathroom. Cause the deans would take your walkmans and radios away. Somebody snuck a black radio…And ‘Protect Ya Neck’ was on. He just kept playing it back. And I remember everybody saying, ‘What’s that?’”

In addition to commentary from various artists and music journalists, “Wu-Forever Celebrating 20 Years Of Wu-Tang Clan” also includes an appearance from Steve Rifkind, the founder of Loud Records and the man who helped launch the career of Wu-Tang.

While speaking on the group, Rifkind recalled working directly with RZA who he says was in his office every day with a list of tasks he hoped to accomplish.

“That record debuted number one in the world in every country,” said Rifkind. “So, my gut was right. And me and RZA just had the most incredible—we still have the most incredible relationship. You know, where he would come in every single day with a yellow pad and say ‘These are all the things I would like to get done.’ And I would say ‘Yes.’ And he goes ‘Why are you saying yes to me?’ I said ‘Because it makes sense.’ He goes ‘You’re the first person that ever said yes to me.’”

On the 20th anniversary of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) those in Wu-Tang Clan have also come forward to share their early memories. Among them was Wu-Tang emcee U-God, who recently compared his relationship with Method Man to that of Batman and Robin during an interview with

"I was really holding down Meth[od Man]," said U-God. "Me and him were more Batman and Robin in the streets. We were doing our thing because we had both gotten kicked out of our houses so we had to stand up like men and do what we had to do."

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  • PATHH88

    ay yo, so bomb it, We Usually Taking All Niggas Garments... Wu Tang are the greatest group ever in Hip Hop, no disrespect to Gang Starr, Eric B & Rakim, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Run DMC, NWA, etc etc etc

  • Anonymous

    I first heard Wu in 97 I was 10 years old... Wu chronicles... Rza Tradedy.. I was like who fuck is this? I went back and heard 36 chambers and then Liquid Swordz, Tical, OB4CL, IRONMAN.... Heavy Mental... SW4QW... From Wu I found NAS, Mobb Deep. I thought all hiphop was like this lol RIP GOLDEN ERA. WU FOREVER

  • Anonymous

    adverts to enlist blacks into the army... on WuTang video... wow!! How Ironic!

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  • Anonymous

    Think I was about 14 yrs old and they had a song in a 411vm skate video.

  • Anonymous

    that nigga Gza Genius is the man,

  • Carol Ayala

    just before I saw the bank draft which had said $8400, I didnt believe that my brothers friend woz like actualy bringing in money in their spare time at there computar.. there friend brother has done this less than fourteen months and by now paid for the depts on there home and bourt a great Chevrolet. published here... www.Fb39.Com Hopsin=Uncle rufus from boondocks. Sellout uncle toms like hopsin are even worse than racist whites. Look in hopsin eyes tell me he aint a devil the soul of a white devil trapped in a black body.

  • Kendrick Lamar

    When I first heard The Wu Tang Clan I was in a womb in Compton.

  • Nancy Smtih

    up to I saw the receipt which was of $7048, I didn't believe brothers friend woz like realy bringing home money parttime from there pretty old laptop.. there mums best friend haz done this 4 less than twenty months and by now repayed the mortgage on their place and got a brand new Mercedes-Benz S-class. This Site... www.Fb39.Com spoken like a true outsider, probably a lil white kid from the burbs he cant understand a rap song without someone breaking it down line by line for him with pretty pictures and videos LMAO

  • RiQRuDE

    cocaine strait frm bolivia...saw wu like 4times the first time was in 93 in miami wen Rae and Ghost was sharin that grenn n red tommyhilfiger jacket from the iron man cover that concert Rza and Method got into an argument bcuz meth use2 jump intha crowd durin his set and Rza stoppd the music and went off.........tru story classic memories!!!!BONG


    Wu Tang are the greatest no one can tour the world 20 years after their first solo SUUUUU

  • Hash

    I was 13 or 14 was smoking lots of hash bought the cd shit was epic cream was y I got it first then I heard protect ya neck I knew they was dope but my fav joint was Tearz god damn I was high as fuck just replaying that shit over n over

  • imho

    greatest rap group of all time. better than nwa, w.e else u wanna mention.

  • Anonymous

    first time i heard wu tang was after drake did a song about them.

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  • insanemacbeth

    respekk, to THE WU.

  • OUCH!

    I smoke on the mic like smokin' Joe Frazier The hell-raiser, raising hell with the flavor Terrorize the jam like troops in Pakistan Swinging through your town like your neighborhood Spiderman So uhh, tick tock and keep ticking While I get you flipping off the shit that I'm kicking The Lone Ranger, code red: danger! Deep in the dark with the art to rip the charts apart The vandal, too hot to handle You battle, you're saying goodbye like Tevin Campbell Roughneck, Inspectah Deck's on the set The rebel, I make more noise than heavy metal

    • dren

      It's crazy, Deck has so many memorable verses, some of the best I've heard in hip hop, yet his solo albums always fall flat. That verse on Triumph is still one of the best ever.

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