'Our music is not 'gangsta rap'. There's no such thing,' he insists down the phone from New York, as his children raise hell in the background. 'The label was created by the media to limit what we can say. We just deliver the truth in a brutal fashion.'
To Genius (given that name by another of the Clan, known as Dirty Old Bastard), most criticisms about rap's fixation with women and violence distract the public's attention from seriously examining the experiences rappers describe. 'The young black male is a target,' he says. 'Snoop (Doggy Dogg) has gone four times platinum and makes more money than the president. They don't like that, so you hear 'ban this, ban that'.
'We attack people's emotions. It's a real live show that brings out the inside in people,' Genius promises. Like I said, intense.
Wu Tang Clan plays The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Rd NW5, 1 and 2 Sept (071-284 2200) pounds 13.50.