There are many events in rap history that are either unknown or forgotten, from album releases to deaths to random ass events most of us can't even recall. As an attempt to remember those moments, Complex will share an event that helped shape hip-hop in a sometimes minor, sometimes major way. Join us as we look back on This Day in Rap History.

February 19, 1991

Before Wu-Tang was even a clan, GZA released his first solo album Words from the Genius under Cold Chillin’ Records on February 19, 1991. The album's significant for being the only album any Wu-Tang member dropped before the group formed in 1992. The album was unfortunately a flop—GZA was freed from Cold Chillin' after the release. It was all for the best, of course. 

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