Seminal hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan needs little preamble. The group spawned an artist and commercial empire that remains firmly planted in not just hip-hop but culture writ-large. Founders RZA and Ghostface Killah developed an ethos blending Eastern philosophy, martial arts movies, comic books, and elements from The Five-Percent that has served as a foundation for projects beyond music, including fashion and visual arts. The Clan’s latest endeavor is a massive coffee table book containing over 300 rare and unseen photos that chronicle the rise of the largest hip-hop crew in history.
The design of Wu-Tang Clan: Legacy and its case draw inspiration from Wu-Tang’s debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang Clan, also known as "36 Chambers,” and is bound in fine Italian black leather with a golden logo on the front. Any other limited-edition book like this would come encased in perhaps a fancy wooden book, maybe with some ornate engravings or in-laid materials. But Wu-Tang: Legacy comes in a 400 lb steel and brass sculpture designed by Gethin Jones. Inspired by Zhou Dynasty, whose first ruler was King Wu-Tang, the sculptures resemble ritual bowls. The globe-like top prominently features the Wu-Tang logo and folds out in a way similar to how fans raise up “Wu-Tang” hands to reveal the book nestled inside.