Sunz of Man

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Intro

A Wu-Tang Clan affiliated group that currently consists of Prodigal Sunn, Hell Razah, 60 Second Assassin, Shabazz the Disciple and Killah Priest.

The group's first incarnation also included 7th Ambassador and Supreme.

It is one of the earliest and most successful of Wu affiliates along with Killarmy, basing much of its lyrical content on biblical stories, social issues, conspiracy theories, and a dose of Five Percenter teachings.

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1994-1996

Prior to being affiliated with Wu-Tang Clan, Sunz were initially known as Da Last Future and included Shabazz the Disciple, 7th Ambassador and producer Su-Preme, but not 60 Second Assassin,. Upon their induction into the Tang family, the group became the first group signed to Wu-Tang Records. In 1995 and 1996, the group released a number of singles, including "No Love Without Hate", "Soldiers of Darkness" (a collaboration with Killarmy), "Five Arch Angels" and "Bloody Choices". These tracks were to be included on the group's planned debut album Nothing New Under the Sun, originally scheduled for release in 1996. Due to label complications, the album was eventually shelved.

1997-2001

In 1997, the group signed a deal with Red Ant Entertainment. Their first release on the label was the "We Can't Be Touched" b/w "Natural High" single, released that same year. They also made an appearance on Mood's debut album Doom on the song "Illuminated Sunlight". "Natural High" was included on the group's 1998 debut album The Last Shall be First.

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The album featured production from Su-Preme, as well as Wu producers RZA, 4th Disciple and True Master, and Wyclef Jean. Album guests included Wu-Tang members Masta Killa, Method Man, Raekwon, Ol' Dirty Bastard and U-God, as well as Killarmy's Beretta 9, Dreddy Kruger and Tekitha. The album saw an impressive debut at #20 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and #7 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts. The album received moderate acclaim from critics.

Before the release of the debut, Killah Priest began to clash with Wu leader RZA, as Shabazz had earlier, both eventually cutting their Wu ties, and leaving the group for solo careers.

In 1999, the album The First Testament was released, compiled of the group's earlier work, with contributions from Shabazz and 7th Ambassador.

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A number of tracks from the album were released on singles, including "Deep in the Water", "In the Beginning..." and "The Sins of Men". However, due to heavy bootlegging, the album never saw a proper release. The group took a hiatus, while Killah Priest established his solo career.

2002-present

Hell Razah, Prodigal Sunn and 60 Second Assassin, returned in 2002 with the group's second official studio album Saviorz Day.

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The album was met with a lukewarm reception commercially and critically. In 2004, The First Testament saw a re-release as Elements, which featured most of the tracks from The First Testament, as well as a handful of other previously unreleased tracks.

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Later in 2004, Hell Razah and 4th Disciple (under the prefix "Sunz of Man presents") released the album Freedom of Speech, which spawned the single "Article One" b/w "Project Love". In 2003, Shabazz announced a return to the group, but a new group album has yet to be recorded, and no further efforts were made. The group's most recent release was a 2006 compilation titled The Old Testament, which features the group's early singles as well as some of their later hits.

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Solo Careers

Killah Priest

He was the first SoM member to embark on a solo career, releasing his acclaimed debut album Heavy Mental a few months prior to The Last Shall Be First.

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He released more studio albums:

2000 View From Masada

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2001 Priesthood

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2003 Black August

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2007 The Offering

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Hell Razah

He released his solo debut When All Hell Breaks Loose in 2001 and received little attention.

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Hell Razah also released two albums in 2007: The first being Renaissance Child in February

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The second was Razah's Ladder, a collaboration with producers Blue Sky Black Death, released in October.

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Shabazz the Disciple

His long-delayed debut album The Book of Shabazz (Hidden Scrollz) was released in 2003, which included a number of his early singles, such as "Crime Saga", "The Lamb's Blood" and "Street Parables".

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Prodigal Sunn

His solo debut The Return of the Prodigal Sunn came out in 2005.

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Killah Priest and Hell Razah

in 2005 along with Royal Fam's Timbo King and New York veteran Tragedy Khadafi formed the Black Market Militia, and released their Self-Titled album.

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Razah and Shabazz

They teamed up with producer Ayatollah in 2008 to form T.H.U.G. Angelz, and release their debut, Welcome to Red Hook Houses.

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Albums List

1) Nothing New Under The Sun (Unreleased, planned for 1996,

Singles: "Soldiers of Darkness"/"Five Arch Angels", "No Love Without Hate", "Bloody Choices"

2) The Last Shall Be First (Released: July 21, 1998)

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Singles: "Natural High", "Shining Star"/"Cold", "The Plan"/"Collaboration '98"

3) The First Testament (Released: January 31, 1999)

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Singles: "Deep in the Water"/"In the Beginning..."/"The Sins of Man", "Who are the Sunz of Man?"/"The Valley of Death"/"Bring Back the Mike"/"Valley of Kings"

4) Saviorz Day (Released: September 3, 2002)

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Single: "Savior's Day"

5) Elements The First Testament re-release) (Released: July 13, 2004)

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Singles: "Deep in the Water"/"In the Beginning..."/"The Sins of Man", "Who are the Sunz of Man?"/"Bring Back the Mike"

6) The Old Testament (Released: April 4, 2006)

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Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Killa Beez

Killarmy

Royal Fam

Black Market Militia

Masta Killa

Method Man

Raekwon

Ol' Dirty Bastard

U-God

RZA