RIP Wu-Tang Clan Patriarch Popa Wu

The longtime Wu-Tang associate was the older cousin of RZA, and can be heard on many of the groups projects over the years.

It’s a sad day in the Wu-Tang Clan universe. The group’s longtime patriarch and mentor, Popa Wu, died at the age of sixty-three in his Brooklyn home.

Also known as Freedom Allah to his closest friends, he has appeared on many Wu-Tang projects over the years, most famously on the intro of Wu-Tang Forever opening track, “Wu-Revolution.”

The older cousin of Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, Popa Wu has been an integral part of the crew since it first came together, famous for schooling the group on the principles of the Five-Percent Nation. He can be seen in the first episode of Hulu series, Wu-Tang: An American Saga.

News of his death has generated tributes from artists across the hip-hop nation, including DJ Premier, Questlove, and Pete Rock. See some of the acknowledgments below.

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