Wu-Tang Clan Celebrates 25th Anniversary of '36 Chambers' in Brooklyn With 'For the Children' Short Film

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RZA, left, and Inspectah Deck from the hip hop group the Wu-Tang Clan perform on day two of the Governors Ball Music Festival on June 3, 2017 in New York. 

On Thursday night (Nov. 8), the Wu-Tang Clan, in association with Certified Classics, treated fans to a screening of the Shomi Patwary-directed short film For The Children: 25 Years of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The event brought droves of die-hard Wu-Tang fans to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a night of drinks and celebrating the 1993 opus. Wu-Tang’s DJ Mathematics provided an eclectic mix of old and new hip-hop for fans to vibe and rap along to.

The short film celebrates the music of the Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang 36 Chambers. The members of the Clan are shown in the film recounting the principles that built the group and brought them together, how they used the struggles of growing up in Shaolin to fuel their lyrical content, the production of key songs and the lasting impact of the album.

A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Gary Vaynerchuck, and Joey Bada$$ all make appearances in the film, speaking about how the groundbreaking album inspired them. Young Dirty Bastard, Ol Dirty Bastard’s first-born son, makes an appearance as well, discussing his birth into the Wu and performing a thrilling rendition of his father’s verse on “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’.”

The audience received a special treat following the screening as Masta Killa, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, RZA, Loud Records founder Steve Rifkind and director Shomi Patwary emerged on stage for a brief Q/A on the making of the album and its impact on hip-hop. “We inspired a generation,” said Inspectah Deck in response to a question about the overall sound of the album. “Producers are carrying the torch and keeping that type of hip-hop alive,” he added.

When asked about the new generation ignoring the era the Wu-Tang Clan thrived in, Raekwon explained that the youth just want to be heard on their own terms. “We used to be like that. When we came into the game, we had something to prove,” Raekwon said. “So all that shows me is whoever feels that way may have something to prove.”

Before the night ended with an exciting performance of “C.R.E.A.M,” RZA revealed the borough of Staten Island will be recognizing Nov. 9 -- the day the album released -- as “Wu-Tang Clan Day” with the crowd applauding the special announcement.

“We at 25 years, we know we have arrived at our destination. We're grateful for everyone that’s been a part of this,” said RZA. “When we said 36 Chambers, the word chamber was giving everybody an idea that you will go through different chambers in your life. It's many things that you have to pass through in order to master yourself.”

 


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