As you’ve no doubt seen, Kanye West’s Yeezus tour merch features Confederate flags and Native American headresses. Like all things Kanye, people feel strongly about it. Depending on who you listen to he’s either a bold and fearless artist/genius unafraid to take aesthetic and artistic risks, or a brazen opportunist who should be shamed for playing loose with proactive imagery for the sake of press. Where you stand on the issue doesn’t matter. What matters is … none of the Yeezus tour merch can even begin to touch the Wu Tang Clan 20th anniversary merchandise!
Wu Tang Clan’s classic debut 36 Chambers came out on Nov. 9, 1993, and to celebrate they’ve released a torrent of incredible must-have merch. All of it can be found on the Wutangbrand Instagram account, and bought on the group’s website. You know, provided it’s not sold out. A lot of it is. Because it’s just that cool. Let’s dig in.
Ol Dirty Bastard was a lot of things — old, dirty, a bastard — but most of all, the guy was a saint. This shirt remembers him properly, and — best of all — is one of the few bits of Wu apparel that can be worn to church. Sadly, it is sold out.
It’s a sweatshirt with an all-over print of all the classic Wu Tang albums. Plus Iron Flag. Chances are you’d look like a clown wearing this. The world’s coolest clown.
If Ted Nugent and the Wu Tang Clan met in the streets of Shaolin to rumble, chances are RZA would instead admire the Nuge’s archery skills and the two would have a talk about the interconnectivity of nature, the will of man, Kung Fu, and Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha. Then they’d barbeque a goat and design some apparel that celebrated their new friendship.
Wu Tang Clan, meet Nirvana.
Another shirt that would be appropriate for church. Would also give the purchaser the opportunity to use the phrase, “Have you seen my ‘Roll that shit shirt” if ever misplaced.
To keep your Wu toe-ldiers warm. (Sorry.)
If Lance Armstrong had owned this bike, he wouldn’t have needed to blood dope.
Guarantee if you buy this and are at least moderately fit, you will win next year’s Tour de France.
Because your neck’s not the only thing that needs protecting.
These types of roll call shirts have been around awhile now, and most are very played. This one’s pretty great, though, provided you’re not Cappadonna.
Next time we watch a home design show on HGTV or what have you that doesn’t use one or 10 of these pillows to spruce up a room and add a touch of color, we’re calling for a boycott.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 28, 2013