If you're unfamiliar with legendary group Wu-Tang Clan, you're living under a rock. The New York rap crew formed in 1993, and each of the original nine members spit fire. Hundreds of aspiring performers and fans consider Wu-Tang lyricists like RZA, Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and Ghostface Killah to be inspirational figures. And the covers that those Wu-Tang fans create are phenomenal.
Wu-Tang MCs took over the rap game, and their influence transcends the form. They appreciated all genres of music, too. The group sampled from varied performers like The Beatles, Nirvana, and Tupac.
Now, many different types of musicians emulate the Clan sound, creating covers that pay homage to '90s hip hop and classic style. Rappers use Wu-Tang music as a sounding board, but so do swing musicians, jazz artists, and rockers. The diverse collection of Wu-Tang Clan covers will make you want to protect your neck.
Believe it or not, this jazzy swing version of "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta F*ck Wit" actually works. Rusty Cage even manages to match Method Man's impossible flow pretty well.
Lady rappers love Wu-Tang, too. In fact, the Lady Wu-Tang crew totally kills a cover of this infamous Clan song. Some might even say these women add a more nuanced flavor to the masculine lyrics.
Killandra Bea's version of "C.R.E.A.M." is haunting and satisfyingly jazzy. Her vocals are perfectly matched with the Shinobis' jazz accompaniment. If you've never liked bebop, this cover will change your mind once and for all.
You're going to want to turn the volume up in your earphones for this one. Clayton Blunk's acoustic version of "Triumph" is sweet and ethereal. The guitar chords are great additions.