Things Done Changed: Wu-Tang’s Prophecies of Hiphop

Back in June of 1997, The much anticipated album WU-TANG FOREVER dropped and did not disappoint. The follow up to 36 Chambers lived up to the hype and then some. A huge part of the double cd was disc one and disc two intro’s. Our blog will focus on DISC TWO INTRO and the wise words of THE RZA being applied in BREAKING TERMS OF TODAY. RZA’s prophecies broke down what Hiphop Culture as whole was to become.

Each element has “grown” but suffer dearly in the hands of media/industry machines. Finding each art in its truest form has gotten more difficult as time has past.

With that being said, LET US BEGIN.


When listening to his words, we realize how so much of it is universal to HipHop Culture as a whole. Our translations to his words are as follow:

For the last year there’s been a lot of bboys coming out their shit been weak,
A lot of “Bboys” trying to take HIPHOP and make that shit A&B, Allstyle and bullshit!
(Many Bboy events have now switched their formats to All style for PROFIT in hopes of getting a bigger attendance)
Fuck that, this is BREAKING right here, this is HIPHOP.
REAL BBOYS gonna bring it to you in its purest form.

Bboys like Lego, Poe One, Rox Rite, Abstrak, El Nino, Moy,
Intact, and many others are keeping the essence ALIVE.

Yo, we want to let y’all bboys know something man,
to my people all across the world;
Japan, Europe, Canada, knowmean — Austria, Germany, Sweden

Yo, this is true HIPHOP right here in the pure form,
this aint no studio choreo with a wack toy shit..

That breakdance bullshit, All that corny dressing up on this shit,
actin like this some kind of fashion show man.

This is Hiphop right here, this is breaking, BBOYING.
And yo, to y’all bboys who think you going to become a dope bboy overnight,
Better snap out that fuckin dream. Man, it takes years for this.

You Cat in the Hat ass breakers, You Dr. Seuss, Mother Goose, simple minded.
Stop running up on bboys with all that wack shit.

You ain’t no Bboys.
Dope bboys come out with a style now everybody wanna imitate their style…

It’s all good to show love to a nigga but stop biting their shit!
Come from your own heart with this shit.

Don’t bite their shit, y’all bboys keep biting.
Yo, I’m going to tell y’all something man

It’s time for the revolution right here.
To all bboys across the world raise your motherfucking fist in the air

and get ready for the Triumph.
Word up, peace

Many want to turn the bboy community into the choreo dance world community, putting us below their dance style because they generate more income. Kids dont want to be the next Ken Swift anymore, they want to become the next commercial breaker that can audition for America’s Best Dance Crew. The industry does not recognize Breaking as the dance of Hiphop, we are breakdancers. They shuve us to the side for the studio wannabe toys…

In other elements, for Rap, you obviously hear what they play on the radio now-a-days… DJs? Most so called DJs don’t realize it stands for Disk Jockey. They own no records, they have a computer and download garbage music! Paris Hilton is a dj… that answers that. In graff, many toys are getting away with that easy internet fame, but we must say, Graff is the one element that toys get put in check. If they go over real writers, they don’t get a diss on FaceBook… They get their FaceBeat.


Hate it or love it, Hiphop is Hiphop. Each element may be different but the same standards apply.
Those that know the culture understand Wu-Tang and will understand this blog, the younger bboys/bgirls reading might get confused and its understandable because their knowledge of Hiphop Culture is still young. And then we have those corny ignorant individuals who will fight these words and start talking about Hiphop Nazi, Breaking Illuminati, Hiphop Jehovah witness and a whole lot more toy nonsense.


We now leave you with great knowledge from THE WU.


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3 Responses

  1. A. Roze says:

    word! Crazy how this applies so much to today’s hip hop game.

  2. Benjamin Watson says:

    To be honest Im not that impressed with what RZA has said on this track. I wouldn’t even call it a prophecy, it is more of an assessment. The only critiques that can be garnered from this entire track are very subjective. Calling other artist’s material “weak” and “bullshit” doesn’t offer any detail as to what they are doing wrong. He mentions that “this is hip hop” “in its purest form”, yet he doesn’t really go into depth as to what hip hop is to him…at least in this assessment. I have a lot of respect for RZA, and I value his opinion on hip hop culture; however, here he had an opportunity to really explain his thoughts on the development of hip hop, knowing that people are listening, and all he can say is rappers today are “weak” and “bullshit”. My point is that maybe the primary threat to hip hop today isn’t that new comers to our culture do not know the “rules”, but that we place so much power and authority in that hands of O.G.s, yet its rare to hear them really articulate the meaning, purpose, and guidelines of our culture. I worry our hesitancy to question the authoritative voices of this culture threatens our direction. I feel that we have reached an unreasonable level of diplomacy, as a means to earn respect, and to prevent endangering how others think of us. Too many head nods and not enough questions. In my opinion, hip hop really needs to be more critical of itself on all levels.

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