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The Real Names of the Wu-Tang Clan Members

Known for producing hip-hop music that is straightforward and raw, the Wu-Tang Clan have been legends ever since their 1993 album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) brought them into the spotlight.

Hailing from Staten Island, NY, the Wu-Tang Clan has 10 members, 9 living (R.I.P. to the Ol’ Dirty Bastard), who have all made an impact on the hip-hop landscape both with Wu-Tang and with their respective solo careers.

Each member of the Wu-Tang Clan also goes by a stage name that gives them an artistic edge and a persona to work with.

These stage names, along with the iconic Wu-Tang logo and the down-and-dirty rhymes they’ve created have contributed to the group’s massive success and notoriety. There’s just an undeniable cool about the entire organization that makes you want to rock with them.

However, after years of listening to the group, some of you may be wondering what the real names of the Wu-Tang Clan members are. Today we’ve dug around the internet to gather the group’s born names, and we’ve broken that all down for you here.

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RZA – Robert Fitzgerald Diggs

GZA – Gary Grice

Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Russell Tyrone Jones

Photo by Bob Berg

See our ranking of the 10 Best Ol’ Dirty Bastard Songs and the fan-created Muppets Mashup to “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”.

Method Man – Clifford Smith Jr.

Photo by Daniel Prakopcyk

For more on Method Man, check out our other posts The Story of Method Man’s Dead Eye or Discovering Method Man’s Love for Lacrosse.

Raekwon – Corey Woods

Ghostface Killah – Dennis Coles

Photo by Johnny Nunez

Inspectah Deck – Jason Hunter

U-God – Jody Hawkins

Photo by David Corio

Masta Killa – Elgin Turner

Photo by Al Pereira

Cappadonna – Darryl Hill