LORELAI: So, let me guess, the Wu-Tang Clan had the office before you?
RICHARD: Yeah, it’s a bit disheveled, I know.
Wu-Tang Clan, a nine-piece hip hop group formed in Staten Island, New York in 1992. Their 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) received widespread critical acclaim and is regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. They are considered one of the most influential hip hop groups, and a key developer of East Coast hip hop and hardcore hip hop.
While recording their 2000 album, The W, the Wu-Tang Clan lived together for three months in a mansion on Mulholland Drive (except for Ol’ Dirty Bastard, who was imprisoned at the time). It was probably about as messy as you’d expect for eight men living together, especially as the Wu-Tang Clan are known for their history of internal tensions. Their own recollection is that they turned it into a personal gambling den.
Rather unbelievably, Richard appears to know who the Wu-Tang clan are, and understands what condition their house is in! For someone who didn’t know who Metallica were a few episodes back, he sure has caught up with contemporary music very quickly.