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But man, do you remember back in the day when the Wu-Tang Clan was young and ferociously hungry and more than a little dangerous? The FBI sure does!
Rich Jones, a member of the hacker community gun.io, makes a hobby of submitting Freedom of Information Act requests, which compel the federal government to release documents pertaining to a particular subject. (By the way, Rich Jones, this is an excellent hobby to have and I'm not being the least bit sarcastic.) Recently he put in an FOIA request for Russell Tyrone Jones, aka Ol' Dirty Bastard, aka Big Baby Jesus, aka Dirt McGirt, aka Osirus, aka you get the picture, and it turns out that the FBI has quite a substantial file on ODB and the Wu-Tang Clan, whom they suspect of being at least partially a criminal enterprise.
There's a lot to sift through and I've barely scratched the surface of the file myself, but Jones lists a few interesting tidbits, including suspected connections to a couple of homicides and Dirty being found "in possession of large bags full of paper currency." One thing I noticed is that the FBI's NYC bureau alleges that the Wu-Tang Clan would reward loyal operatives in the alleged criminal enterprise with "record contracts to record Rap style music," which I'm not saying totally explains a lot of those Wu affiliate records—but, you know, if the Wu-Tang Clan was actually the criminal organization the FBI file makes it out to be, that could definitely explain a lot of those Wu affiliate records.