The 9 members of Wu-Tang Clan, RZA, GZA, Raekwon the Chef, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, U-God, Method Man, and Ol' Dirty Bastard, affectionately referred to their own hometown of Staten Island as Shaolin. Shaolin was a staple of the old Shaw Brothers kung-fu flicks the group was raised on, a sacred place far away from the rest of Chinese civilization where true enlightenment and kung-fu styles were often achieved.
RZA essentially created the group, first recruiting his cousins GZA and ODB, hand-picking the other members for the unique styles they could bring to the group. He did this similar to the movie, The Five Venoms, which the group often referenced on their debut album. "Bring Da Ruckus" is the first song on the record, possibly the best encapsulation of the Wu-Tang sound overall, complete with movie clips about the Shaolin and Wu-Tang styles, most of the group members being introduced, and a beat RZA created with a plastic bucket and a microphone. Wu-Tang was genius and innovative in creation, from everything down to their logo, and common kung-fu terms like chambers and swords were metaphorical for the overall message the rappers were trying to relay.
Wu-Tang Clan have released seven studio albums as a group, and while 2014's A Better Tomorrow comes in at a close second, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) was no doubt their best. There was something about the brander newness of the sound and the concept. There was something about the group's varied styles and approaches to the mic, about their clever ways of associating hip hop references to those of Shaw Brothers kung-fu flicks. There was something about their love for these movies because of the brotherhood of the protagonists who always had each other's back, no matter what. No one member has ever publicly beefed with another, only reuniting year after year to drop new albums, not to mention all the guest spots the members do on each other's solo albums. RZA created something special when he formed Wu-Tang Clan, and their debut album is one that has no doubt left it's mark on American hip hop culture forever.