Wu-Tung is one of the greatest rap groups of all time. The original lineup of RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, and Masta Killa influenced a generation of aspiring rappers. A Wu-Tang Clan fan who used the n-word while rapping “Protect Ya Neck” was slammed with a $600 fine for “severely” scaring a woman.
Rapping out to the famed group’s 1992 hit, “Protect Ya Neck,” a Wu-Tang Clan fan in the UK was fined $600 (£500) for using the n-word. The fan was in a women’s restroom stall and filming himself for a TikTok video. According to The National, a woman of mixed race who was seated one stall over was “severely shocked” by the incident.
Kyle Siegel, a 25-year-old white male from Norgaet, Lerwick, agreed to using the offensive phrase but insisted he was unaware of the presence of the complainant in the stall next to him. On February 20, 2022, at the Scalloway Boating Club, the event took place at 1:00 AM.
Attorney Tommy Allan claimed that Siegel was singing along to a TikTok on a friend’s phone. Siegel and the woman got into a fight after he performed the lyrics, and eventually the incident was reported to the police. Although Siegel insisted that he had no malice in his heart, he acknowledged that he crossed the line.
The song “Protect Ya Neck,” from Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), was added to the U.S. Library of Congress earlier this year. The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest, Songs in a Minor by Alicia Keys, and other songs were included in the introductory class. Check out the video below.
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