Popa Wu, Mentor to the Wu-Tang Clan, Passes Away

Popa Wu, Mentor to the Wu-Tang Clan, Passes Away


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Popa Wu previously appeared on Raekwon’s “North Star” and Ghostface Killah’s “Black Jesus.”

According to various sources close to the situation, Popa Wu, a member of the Five Percent Nation and mentor to the Wu-Tang Clan passed away. Itโ€™s not clear how he passed away or when. But he was 63 years old. Jimmy Kang, vice-president of Wu-Tang Management and Clan members Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, U-God and GZA expressed their condolences on social media. Pete Rock and DJ Premier also responded to the news.ย 


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REST IN PARADISE MY BROTHER @popawu7 FOREVER TELL DIRT WE LOVE AND MISS HIM .. ALL PRAISES DO TO THE MOST HIGH #poppawuforever #wutangforever #ghostfacemusic #ghostfacekillahs #theodoreunit #wutang #wutangclan

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Canโ€™t believe your gone !!!!!!๐Ÿ˜ข this hurts. #PAPAWU #restinpeacegreatone

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R.I.P. Popa Wu.

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Papa Wu ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜” Damn say it aint so man Wow ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ the angels got you ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜”smh ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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Travel Forever Popa Wu #popawu #god #king #wutang #babies #children #teacher #school #consciousness #lovequotes #training

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No words! #rippopawu #theoldergodsputmeontohowtorockthis

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R.i.p. Popa Wu.. my condolences to his family and the entire clan @wutangclan he represented so graciously ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ.. youโ€™ll be missed truly beloved …

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Although he has appeared on numerous songs, Popa Wu acting as more of a spiritual guide to the group then a rapper, with Five Percent Nation teachings heavily influencing his perspective.ย 

He first appeared on Raekwonโ€™s โ€œNorth Star,โ€ off of Raeโ€™s classic debut album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.ย 

Over the years, he made additional appearances, with his trademark spoken-word style. He appeared on โ€œBlack Jesusโ€ and โ€œAll That I Got Is Youโ€ from Ghostface Killahโ€™s debut Ironman.

He also made an appearance on the intro of Wu-Tang Forever.ย  In 2000, he released an album called Visions of the 10th Chamber featuring a number of Clan affiliates.

Popa Wu made headlines in 2015 when a video and image of him confronting Action Bronson over his feud with Ghostface Killah went viral. He later said the whole exchange got taken out of proportion:ย 

What they did was, they took a shot of me and him standing there…And you see my hands are behind my back at every position. Iโ€™m not yelling at him. Iโ€™m talking to him like a father talks to his son, like, โ€˜You gotta be careful with what you say.โ€™ I was just talking to that brother…They blew it out of proportion.

In the spring of 2019, the corner of West 126th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard was officially co-named โ€œAllah & Justice Five Percenters Square.โ€ Popa Wu reflected on the Nationโ€™s teachings at the unveiling ceremony.

Popa Wu is survived by two sons, who previously rapped under the names ShaCronz and Freemurda.

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