The Wu-Tang Clan is sort of like al-Qaida. Both have complex, often apocalyptic mythologies and are primary forces in a culture war between East and West. Additionally, they both have vast decentralized numbers with membership earned more from acting upon the governing philosophy than by being officially sanctioned.
The difference of course is that Wu-Tang are artists offering dark, introspective reflections of a society drowning in media and madness, while al-Qaida are sociopathic ass-clowns who offer the world nothing other than hope for a future without them in it.
But the acknowledgement that there is such a thing as a "Wu movement," is further evidence that Wu-Tang Clan is as much a philosophy as it is a musical group. That philosophy is what drives the dark spacious atmosphere of their sound and the exiled and downtrodden American Bushido tone of their lyrics, a consistently compelling combination that is the foundation of modern East Coast hip-hop.
This week Boise has a chance to experience that winning combo first-hand, when Eternal of the Wu-Tang Killa Beez plays Neurolux. His tracks are powerfully dark homages to comic books and samurai films that illustrate the realities of class disparity through gritty imagery and delivery.