Wu-Tang Clan Celebrates 30 Years of ’36 Chambers’ with Empire State Building Lighting and ‘Wu-Tang Day’ Proclamation

New York City is gearing up for a historic celebration as it pays tribute to RZA and the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. On November 9, 2023, the iconic Empire State Building will light up in Wu-Tang’s signature black and yellow colors, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the group’s seminal 1993 debut album, ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).’ Mayor Eric Adams will also declare November 9th as “Wu-Tang Day” in the city, marking a momentous occasion for both hip-hop and New York.


A Musical Revolution

Back in 1993, Wu-Tang Clan exploded onto the music scene with their groundbreaking debut album, ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).’ This collective of talented rappers, including RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killa, Inspectah Deck, U-God, and Masta Killa, forever altered the landscape of hip-hop. Later, Cappadonna would officially join their ranks. Their influence extended far beyond music, reaching into clothing lines, films, publishing, video games, and production companies. Wu-Tang Clan was at the forefront of launching their own fashion line, Wu Wear, which became globally recognizable. Their monumental success in building a multifaceted business empire opened doors for future generations of hip-hop entrepreneurs. With seven studio albums and gold and platinum records, Wu-Tang Clan boasts worldwide sales exceeding 40 million albums and has also launched prolific solo careers.



’36 Chambers’ – A Hip-Hop Gem

‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’ quickly became one of the most acclaimed albums in hip-hop history. Achieving platinum status within a year of its release, the album has now reached triple-platinum status. Its significance is further underscored by its inclusion in the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry, a distinction awarded to just 25 albums annually for their cultural, historical, or aesthetic importance. In 2022, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album at number 8 on its list of the 200 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time. In 2021, it was placed at number 27 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Even 30 years on, Wu-Tang Clan continues to inspire artists and resonates not only with the borough and state that birthed them but with the entire globe.

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To mark this milestone, RZA and the Wu-Tang Clan have forged a new partnership with Rock The Bells and SiriusXM. Starting on November 29, RZA will host #WuWednesdays, a weekly show on LL COOL J’s Rock The Bells, airing on SiriusXM channel 43. The show will feature new and classic tracks from all Wu-Tang Clan members, exclusive DJ mixes, interviews, and more. The first episode will shine a spotlight on Wu-Tang’s unforgettable performance on August 10th in Queens, New York, for SiriusXM’s Hip-Hop 50 celebration.

In collaboration with Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, Get On Down is set to unveil a special edition 7-inch box set, a limited-edition LP, and a limited-edition cassette. These collector’s items will be available for order at starting on Thursday, Nov 9th at Noon EST. The preorders for both the limited-edition box and color LP product pages will remain open until November 30th.

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New York City Joins the Celebration

New York City is unleashing a series of celebratory activations for Wu-Tang Clan’s 30th anniversary, including RZA’s The 36 Chambers 30th Anniversary Celebration at New York’s Gramercy Theatre from November 7-9. On Thursday, Nov 9th, 36 Chambers will host a pop-up shop in the East Village, offering signed copies of RZA’s graphic novel, “Bobby Digital and The Pit Of Snakes,” along with other apparel, records, toys, and collectibles. Additionally, the Hip-Hop Education Center (HHEC), Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and 36 Chambers ALC will present a special screening of the new documentary “A Wu-Tang Experience: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre” on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 pm. Notably, RZA, co-director of the documentary, is Urbanworld’s official ambassador for this year’s festival and presented the film at Urbanworld.