If you ever need to know just how influential and monumental a group like the Wu-Tang Clan are, just look at how many artists there are that fall under the definition of Wu-Tang affiliates. It’s a rabbit hole the likes of Ancestry.com would acknowledge is complex. Artists that have created spin-off crews, been signed to some of the Wu-Tang record labels over the years, or may simply be related to Clan members. These are the Killa Bees.

Rapper and podcaster Noreaga made the recent mistake of referring to these associates of the Wu as flunkies on the Mickey Factz episode of Drink Champs. Specifically naming Shyheim and Killarmy in a dismissive manner that everyone in the room seemingly passed off as a throwaway comment. Something that they deemed was the general consensus. This was a big mistake, however, as Shyheim posted a video response to this via Instagram calling out Noreaga and requesting an apology. Then Killah Priest assembled a number of affiliates on his own podcast to discuss this one dismissive remark for over three hours.

On the one hand, Noreaga being half-cut on a show that encourages guests to get drunk was bound to put himself in hot water at some point. He was disrespectful, but then he often talks over his guests and is generally irritating as far as interviewers go. You half expect him to say some wild shit.

On the other hand, only the hardest of hardcore Wu-Tang fans is still checking for music from the likes of Shyheim. This is a shame because he’s a part of hip-hop history that often gets overlooked. Noreaga’s ignorance has inadvertently shone the spotlight on the Wu-Tang affiliates so while he may have embarrassed himself, Noreaga has reminded many people that the affiliates were more than some supposed “flunkies”. They were an extension of the Wu-Tang Clan in spirit, ideals, and aesthetics. When the likes of Method Man and Raekwon were putting out poor albums, you could turn to a Sunz of Man record for that true Wu-Tang style. If you weren’t feeling RZA’s change in production, there was Bronze Nazareth as an alternative. If you needed something more lyrical there was Killa Sin or Killah Priest. The Wu-Tang umbrella served its purpose on countless occasions.

On a personal note, this whole reminder of the affiliates made me unearth a fan wiki I’d set up a few years ago that aimed to document and provide more clarity on everyone associated with the yellow W. The Harlem 6 even updated their entry with some of the best promo writing you’ll ever read. So below isn’t quite the definitive list as I’m sure it will change over time, but it’s as accurate a list as possible. If any readers wish to correct, add or contribute further to this project, don’t hesitate to jump on the wiki.

Sources: Discogs.com, Wu-Tang Corp, this list from RateYourMusic

A list of all Wu-Tang Clan affiliate groups

Affiliate individuals is another thing entirely, which we can revisit.

1.4.0 ProductionsChapel, Cheesy Rat, Just 1, Shortre, T. Diddy1999
2nd Generation WuiNTeLL, PXWER, Sun God, Young Dirty Bastard2019
71RawAnthai the Protagonist, Broken Tongue, Martial Art2004
A.C.G. 137Airwave Justo, ShoGun Assasson2018
AchozenBeretta 9, Reverend William Burke, RZA, Shavo Odadijian2009
Actual FactsBolo Gah, Buda Love
A.I.G.Allah Wise, Darkim Be Allah1998
The Almighty5 Star, Bronze Nazareth, C-Rayz Walz, Killah Priest, M-Eighty, Son One2008
American Cream Team a.k.a. Harlem HoodzChip Banks, Lord Superb, Polite, Rhyme Recca, Triflyn, Twiz1998
American Poets 2099Atlantis Scrolls, Nova Kane, Pro the Leader, Warcloud2009
Ancients CoinsArmel, Destroya, Got Flow, High Price, Holy Smokes, J.R. Spoons, Spanky Splash1998
A & RArmel, Stoneface2005
Armor of GodPro the Leader, Warcloud2019
Babylon WarchildFresco P, KDB, Legitimate, Rumplestiltz, Unknown Mizery2011
Tha BeggasBegga Ooh, Bolo Gah, Buda Love, Dragonfly, Father Lord, Jim Kelly, Long Axe, Longfist, Majik Sword, Mega Soul, Samo Heung, Scorpion, Yukon Black1998
Black Knights of the North StarBlack Knights (Crisis, Doc Doom, Rugged Monk, Warcloud), North Star (Christ Bearer, Meko the Pharoah). Also part of West Coast Killa Beez.1998
Black KnightsCrisis, Doc Doom, Rugged Monk, Warcloud. Also part of West Coast Killa Beez.1998
Black LotusDragonfly, Jim Kelly, Long Axe
Black Market MilitiaHell Razah, Killah Priest, Timbo King, Tragedy Khadafi, William Cooper2003
Black Rose KartelAllah Sun, Aristotle, Baracus, Bloodthirst, Daddy Rose, Elohim, Goldie Mack, Judas Maccabee, King Solomon Rose, Nikki Bonds, Salahudin2000
Black TechsBig Nut, P-Nuts, Pimp Nasty, Sleep. Also part of West Coast Killa Beez.2004
Black W.A.S.P.1st Black Republic, Hell Razah, Prodigal Sunn2011
Blaquesmiths, TheJ. Brand, Mike McDonald1997
Brooklyn Zoo12 O’Clock, Buddha Monk, Merdoc, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Zu Keeper, Shorty Shitstain1995
C.C.F. DivisionFreemurda, ShaCronz, Terra Tory2002
Celestial SouljahzFreestyle, Shabazz the Disciple1998
C.I.A.Beretta 9 (a.k.a. Kinetic 9), ShoGun Assasson
Coney Island GankstasBigg Cy, Dr. Quick Fingers, Trigga
Crooks of Da Round TableDJ Scream, KDB1996
CZARFACE7L & Esoteric, Inspectah Deck2013
Da Groove StalkersDJ Choco1992
Da Last Future7th Ambassador, Hell Razah, Killah Priest, Prodigal Sunn, Shabazz the Disciple1994
Da ManchuzBabyface Fensta, Born U Majesty, Buddha Monk, Chilli Black, Drunken Dragon, Espionage, G-Note$, Lee Major, Professor King Bean, War1997
Da Monstar MobJewel Unique, Leviathan, Mantra, Onslawt, Skarekrow, Warcloud2001
Da UndadogzCarlton Fisk
Deadly VenomsChamp MC, Finesse, J-Boo, Lin Que, N-Tyce1997
Disciples of ArmageddonKillah Priest, Shabazz the Disciple????
DMD PosseCarlton Fisk, Inspectah Deck, Method Man, Raekwon, Streetlife????
D.R.U.G.G.12 O’Clock, Master Fool, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Popa Chief????
The Four Horsemen (a.k.a. HRSMN)Canibus, Killah Priest, Kurupt, Ras Kass2000
G-CiplesKillah Priest, Rasul Allah????
Ghetto Government Officialz (GGO)Hell Razah, Vega X????
GoldMinerzDecrep Da Omen, Duhnokah, Eyez-N-Powa, Rook Da Rukus, Simon Roofless, Sponatola, Uncle Buk2006
GP WuDown Low Recka, June Luva, Pop Da Brown Hornet, Rubbabandz1994
GravediggazRZA, Frukwan, Poetic, Prince Paul1994
Green Back GorillasD.C., P.C., Why-Z2009
GunslingazBigg Cy, Trigga1995
Harlem 6Almighty God-Rule (AGR), Black Jesus, Young Man, Rap Master 1, G-flexx, Military-Mind, Khilly-MO$$2002
Hawk & KrymeKryme Life, Tommy Whispers2008
Heart FoundationFes Taylor, Mr. Prezident2007
HenchmenCilvaringz, Moongod Allah1997
Hidden AspectsBolo’s Kitchen, Begga Ooh, Dragonfly, Jim Kelly, Long Axe, Yukon Black2005
Hillside ScramblersAutumn Rae, Black Ice, Desert Eagle, Inf-Black, Kawz, King Just, Leatha Face, U-God2004
Homicidal CommitteeArsenal, Arsonist, Big Supa, Crisis, Monk
House GangCarlton Fisk, D.C., Fes Taylor, Inspectah Deck, La Banga, P.C.2004
Ice Water Inc.Cigar, D.C., Hanz On, P.C., Polite, Raekwon, Stumik2002
The IndovizualzItchy Palmz, Legend, Poison Ivy2010
Iron EmpireCilvaringz, Moongod Allahn/a
Killarmy4th Disciple, 9th Prince, P.R. Terrorist, Islord, Killa Sin, ShoGun Assasson1995
Klik Ga Bow (K.G.B.)Asiatic, DJ Kin, Ill Knob, Raheem1994
K.M.G.Raysun, Solomon Childs1988
Lin BrotherzBarrakjudah, Cilvaringz, Moongod Allah2000
Loyal-N-LazloLoyal, Lazlo2013
MaccabeezDaddy Rose, Hell Razah, Killah Priest, Salahudin, Timbo King2001
Mafioso ChapterCharles Amorelli, J. Mennella, JoJo Pellegrino, M. Oliva, Pino Pesci1996
Money Makin Operation (M.M.O.)7-Up, Bam-Bam da Bad Man, Black Az Billy Da Kidd, The First Lady, Foogie, Itchy Fingas Sha, Louicoinz, Naisha, Pearl Handle, Sir Kac-Off, Trigga1998
Moon CricketsDJ Merciless, Killah Priest, Lord Fury2017
Most High BrotherzBarracuda, Doc Blake, Magpie2000
MysteriousBlackksun, Excalibur, Omega Red, Weapon X, and X-P2020
North StarChrist Bearer, Meko the Pharoah2000
The Odd CoupleCappadonna, Ghostface Killahn/a
Orphanage4th Disciple, Beretta 9, Lord Superb, ShoGun Assasson2017
Othorized F.A.M.Crunch Lo, Lounge Lo, Molly-Q, Shawn Wigs1994
Premium PlusDJ Extremidiz, Seekz Monster2010
Rocks the World ProductionsRuss Prez, Smokin’ Joe, Storm1999
Royal FamDark Denim, Dreddy Kruger, Hell Razah, Jahrule, Mikey Jarrett Jr., Q-Base, Roc, Stoneface, Y-Kim the Illfigure1995
Ruthless BastardsApocalipps, Beno, Blizzard, Bless, Iron Mic, P. Live, Sha Gotti, Truck1998
SaharaArmand Van Helden, Tekitha2002
School of the GiftedNapoleon, Dexter Wiggles, Shaka Amazulu the 7th, Solomon Childs, Al-Hajar-Ul-Aswad, Rubbabandz2007
The SentinelsJowlsywells a.k.a. Boot Face, Mic Moses, Pro the Leader2007
Shadow Clan Productions2008
Shadow GovernmentFes Taylor, ?2002
Shaolin SoldiersBaby Pa, Fes Taylor, King Just, Leatha Face, Papa Ron, Star1993
The Shield EnforcersMasta of Ceremoniez, Pro the Leader2017
Sonz of WuBoy Jones, Infinite Coles, Jamel, Kappo, Karim Justice, Sun God, PXWER, PiRo, Prana Supreme, Propa, Shamel Irief, Supreme Coles, Young Prince2010
Soul Kid KlikBlak Spik, G-Clef, Goodfella, Storm, Spinbad1996
Staten StarsBaker Don, D.C., Ellery Chambers, Fes Taylor, Heidi Flyce, Iron Mic, Stumik2012
The StrengthP.R. Terrorist (a.k.a. Dom Pachino), Shyheim
Sunz of Man12 O’Clock, 60 Second Assassin, 7th Ambassador, Hell Razah, Killah Priest, Prodigal Sunn, Shabazz the Disciple, Su-Preme1995
Team NapalmChapel, Crunch Lo, Dom Pachino, NLZ2005
Theodore UnitCappadonna, Du-Lilz, Ghostface Killah, Hayzel-L, Kryme Life, Shawn Wigs, Solomon Childs, Sun God, Trife, Twiz2004
T.H.U.G. AngelzHell Razah, Shabazz the Disciple2008
Thug VaticanHell Razah, Killah Priest
TMFKryme Life, Tommy Whispers, Trife1996
Tru-N-Livin’Tru, Livin’2003
Two Da Road12 O’Clock, Prodigal Sunn2001
Two 4 WarFes Taylor, Killa Mac, L.I.S., Lon Dini, Lot-A-Nerv, Pa Bazil2006
United Kingdom (a.k.a. Population Click)Ancient Coins, Black Rose Kartel, Brooklyn Zoo, CCF Division, Dungeon Master, Makeba Mooncycle, Remedy, Royal Fam, Sunz of Man1998
Universal Zu StudiosBxYungGz, Danja Da Hood, Deus, DG Kash, Lex-Supa, Mike Boston, Nahbi Reality, PopSoundz
West Coast Killa BeezBlack KnightsBlack Techs, City Officials, North Star, Dexter Wiggles, Eternal, Dionna Nichelle, G-Twin, Homicidal CommitteeIndovizualz, Madam Scheez, P.C., Pesha, Sandman, 6 Mill, Skarekrow, Yellow Jacketz2010
WisemenBronze Nazareth, Illah Dayz, June Megalodon, Kevlaar 7, Phillie, Salute the Kid2002
Wu BlockGhostface Killah, Sheek Louch2012
Wu ElementsBronze Nazareth, Cilvaringz, Darkim Be Allah, Mathematics, Moongod Allahn/a
Wu-LatinoChoco, Gab Gotcha, Impetus, Ramses2009
Wu-SyndicateJoe Mafia, Myalanksy, Napoleon1998
Yellow Jacketz1Man, $paceMan, Armel, Blaqtoven, Christ Bearer, Cognac, Esun McGraw, General Jihad, Iceman, J Justice, Meko, Ramith, Shaddow Law, Short Dawg, Skratch, Supreme I-Self, 2Real, Voodou, Young Roscoe. This crew also make up part of the West Coast Killa Beez.2010
Zu Ninjaz5 Foot Hyper Sniper, Black Lantern, Celo, D.L., Hook Ninja, K-Blunt, M.A.S.P.D., Ninja Scroll, Popa Chief, Rambo, Raw, Shaheed2000