Downtown Music Publishing has signed a series of global publishing administration agreements for Wu-Tang Clan’s back catalog, the company announced Tuesday (Sept. 8).
The agreements were signed between Downtown and Wu-Tang Productions, with owners Robert “RZA” Diggs and Mitchell “Divine” Diggs. Writers represented under the deals include Wu-Tang co-founders Ghostface Killah, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Method Man, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, RZA and U-God.
In addition to the Wu-Tang catalog, the deals also cover select works co-written or produced by individual members of the legendary hip-hop group for solo releases, affiliates and other artists. These include solo works by Cappadonna, Ghostface Killah, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon and RZA, and works by other artists such as Alicia Keys, Cardi B, Drake, Justin Bieber, Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross, The Game and Wyclef Jean.
Wu-Tang Productions was represented by attorney Tim Mandelbaum of Fox Rothschild, LLP.
“We are excited to be partnering with Downtown and entrusting them to handle our historic back catalog,” said RZA in a statement. “Downtown’s system is ideal for us — they have the global reach and capacity of a ‘major’ while maintaining strong, highly personal relationships with their clients. Their customized approach to clientele accompanied with their focus in areas like rights management and distribution make Downtown an ideal partner for Wu-Tang Productions.”
Downtown Music Holdings CEO Justin Kalifowitz added, “Wu-Tang Clan isn’t just one of hip-hop’s most influential groups, it’s an iconic institution in every sense of the word — with a legacy that extends well beyond the realm of music. As a New Yorker, representing some of East Coast hip-hop’s most revered legends — whose stories are so ingrained in the culture of our city — is a tremendous honor.”
“In addition to being inspirational artists, RZA and Divine are extremely talented entrepreneurs,” added Bruce Lampcov, Downtown’s senior vp of global business development. “From what they accomplished with Wu Wear to RZA’s work in film and television, and numerous other endeavors, the group has showcased their shrewd business acumen time and time again. It’s no wonder that their legacy has remained as strong today as it’s ever been. We look forward to collaborating with them on many creative projects; the possibilities are endless.”
Wu-Tang Clan burst onto the music scene with their 1993 debut album Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, which was certified three times platinum by the RIAA; the group has sold a total of 40 million albums worldwide. It was recently the subject of two series: Hulu biopic Wu-Tang: An American Saga, which was renewed for a second season in January, and the Showtime documentary series Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men.