When Wu-Tang came on the scene, I felt as if they were the vocal embodiment of our childhood Kung Fu shenanigans: They were both humorous and serious. They were viciously dope lyricists--hard, strong, and full of hooligan energy. Woven into their names and rhymes was a Shaolin-style of martial art madness and it felt right. Wu-Tang opened up and explored the parallels of hip hop and martial arts and integrated the the cultures. Sure, poppers and b-boys had integrated martial arts moves into their moves and steps before, but Wu-Tang created a cultural synergy, melding East and West under the rising sun of hip hop.