The legendary skater boy reveals how he may have inspired the rappers to make their own skateboard.
The Wu-Tang Clan‘s debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), has just turned 20 years old and remains one of the cornerstones of modern hip hop. As well as influencing too many rappers and producers to mention here (have you heard Drake’s new album?!), the freewheeling rappers are also responsible for inspiring world-famous skateboarder Gino Iannucci.
Our man in Italy, Gianluca Quagliano, says he first heard the Wu-Tang Clan after he started skating – and he only picked up a board because of Wu-Tang superfan Gino Iannucci. So here’s Gianluca speaking to the man who caused a skateboarding ruckus about his Wu fandom.
Let’s start at the beginning: how did you get into Wu-Tang Clan?
“My interest in Wu-Tang was instant. After hearing their first single, Protect Ya Neck, which had Method Man on the b-side. I hadn’t heard anything so raw and diverse. Each member had his own style and sound and all of them were on top of their game lyrically. No one in my mind could f**k with their MC skills. The beats and rhymes were a deadly combo – always on point.”
Is it true that Wu released their first skateboard deck after seeing your pro model with the GZA graphic?
“I’m not 100 per cent sure about that but it’s what I heard. One of the Wu heads was up in [New York skateboard shop] Supreme and saw a board with a Wu rip-off graphic. It wasn’t long after that they tried their own boards. It just seemed too coincidental!”
RZA said the new Wu album is almost ready – are you still a fan?
“Of course! I’ll check out the new album when it drops. I’m sure there’ll be some good tracks and I’ll always be a fan.”
List your top ten favourite Wu-Tang tracks for us.
“Protect Ya Neck, of course. Cuttin Headz by Ol’ Dirty Bastard and RZA. GZA’s Liquid Swordz, I Gotcha Back and Cold World. Daytona 500 by Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. Ghostface Killah’s Motherless Child, After the Smoke Is Clear and Box In Hand (unreleased version). U-God’s Train Trussle.”