Both Wu-Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest have had albums archived in the Library of Congress.
The National Recording Registry revealed Wu-Tang’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory were among the pieces selected to be archived in the Library of Congress.
Every year, the Registry adds 25 sound recordings that it classifies as “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” to its list. Other inclusions this year are Alicia Keys’ Songs In A Minor, Duke Ellington’s Ellington at Newport and Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
“We are honored to have our work added to the prestigious National Recording Registry amongst so many other astounding works,” Q-Tip said in a statement. “We are humbled and grateful for this acknowledgement. Thank you so, so much.”
Meanwhile, earlier this year, A Tribe Called Quest were also included among the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2022. They will discover later this year whether they made the cut.
On the Wu-Tang side of things, Raekwon revealed plans for a potential biopic about the band by Leonardo Di Caprio ended after RZA turned down the project because he wanted it to be a serialised project instead of a film.
He explained: “I could tell he wasn’t going to agree to do it, and my instincts told me why: my guess is that he was already in bed with a production company, deep into developing the scripted series for TV, even though none of us had signed off on it.”