They wouldn’t be the first name on every parent’s school-run playlist, but apparently “Wu-Tang is for the children”. At least that was the view of group member Old Dirty Bastard (just ODB for the young ones) at the 1998 Grammy Awards. He went on to say: “Wu-Tang teaches the children”. That is undoubtedly true. For developing rhyming skills, none finer. Increasing vocabulary, definitely. How to make it out of the ghetto? Well it didn’t work out so well for ODB, but the rest of the Clan are doing very nicely, thanks. Whatever their suitability as educators, damn can they make music.
The classic album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) recently celebrated its 20th (!!!) anniversary (not feeling old, AT ALL), and as a birthday treat to themselves and everyone else, a group of artists has gathered to show what Wu-Tang music has meant to them, how it has influenced their work, and to generally pay homage to the greats. Among the guests to feature are Dscreet, Kid Acne, Mr Penfold and Malarky, and a wide range of genres including fashion, animation and ceramics will appear alongside graffiti and illustration. Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch is hosting from 5 March to 14 March, whet your Shaolin appetite with our sneak preview of selected works.