If the Juice Crew laid down the blueprint, then the Wu-Tang Clan capitalized on it. Sure, in recent years, the family has squabbled both in private and public, as its various members attempt to continue the crew’s legacy. But the group belongs here regardless, if only for managing to thread the needle between organic in-group chemistry and true individual talent.

Of course, not everyone in the Clan was ready for a solo career. But as strong as they were as a collective, they appeared even more potent after the first wave of solo records, a legacy that suggested that loyalty and a collective effort could help break down the door for their individual stars. Few (if any) crews since have managed this kind of balance: either one star breaks down the door and the rest garner pseudo-fame on the mixtape circuit, or the crew comes through only to spawn unfortunate solo careers. But for Wu-Tang, the family’s unity provided for each individual member, in turn, to the best of their abilities. It may not have lasted forever, but it was the most powerful example nonetheless.