I Disagree With The Assessment Saying They Couldn't Drop Scheduled Albums On Their Own Or All Be On 1 & Drop Music In A Timely Manner
true, being on one label doesnt necessarily mean delayed releases of product- YMCCB is a good example of that- No Limit to take it back to time of WU's decline from "top pop spot supremacy" did just that indie-
in Wu Tang Manual RZA describes the business goal as
"divide ourselves and conquer the record industry... it's usually best to keep all your artists under one umbrella because you get a bigger payday. But I wanted the industry to work for me... have friendly competition with my product" (76).
He then talks about the Winter campaign in 95 where Geffen, Loud, Def Jam and Elektra made a triple deal for Christmas Wu-Tang Family tree (77).
Its basically send out many soldiers under a common banner to claim/ collaborate with existing industries- the freedom for a crew of hardcore hiphop men to have that power in the industry was history making
I Agree That Wu Tang Is Recognizable & They Created Many Musical Gems Up Until Wu Tang Forever However Many Things Since Then Have Been Exposed From Rza's Basic Productions To Bad Business Practices To These Deals Which Leave A Bad Taste For Their Legacy
yes 97 was their apex in terms of "top pop spot supremacy", yes there has been lows in quality and consistency of music since but theres been just as much if not more classic material and culture still being manifested!
The brand is wuniversal- WU-TANG FOREVER
im still a great fan/disciple and look forward to what they add to their legacy
- speaking of deals i dont know all the business details... of course we read the lawsuits and all... i just think there legacy is just so epic and human- so damaged and grand by life
theres basic and then theres minimalist... RZA's come with both successfully and unsuccessfully
in suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuumation, wu tangs legacy lives up to the phrase "divide and conquer"