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The FBI Investigated the Wu-Tang Clan as Part of a 1999 Homicide Investigation

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 2000: Photo of Wu-Tang Clan Photo by Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

The FBI investigated seminal East Coast hip-hop crew the Wu-Tang Clan in 1999 as part of a double homicide case, as stated by recently revealed court documents. According to the Staten Island Advance, news of the Bureau’s investigation came to light in the wake of a court case where a federal jury found two men, Anthony and Harvey Christian, guilty of running a 20-year drug ring on Staten Island, and the former of ordering the murder of Jerome “Boo Boo” Estrella and Corey “Shank Bank” Brooker. Though the trial concluded last year, the pair’s lawyer Michael Gold just successfully requested for all police files from the case be released to the general public.

One of the documents, an interview with the gunman in one of the murders, alleges that the killings occurred “at the instruction of members of the Wu-Tang Clan,” Gold explained to the paper, as “revenge for robberies” of Raekwon and RZA’s family members. The document reads:

“A couple of weeks before the Boo Boo shooting, Uncles (the street name of drug supplier-turned-informant Paul Ford) told Humphreys about a Blood named Boo Boo who just came home from jail. He stated that Boo Boo had robbed RZA’s little brother and had also gotten into something with the Christian brothers. Uncles was talking about Boo Boo and said that he had just come home and robbed RZA’s brother and that they would likely come after him for that. Humphreys believes Uncles was referring to members of Wu Tang.”

The document goes on, claiming that the informant, Paul Ford, accused RZA of issuing a $30,000 contract for the murder.

“These reports seem to suggest someone else was liable for those murders,” Gold told the Staten Island Advance. I’m not suggesting that Wu-Tang committed these crimes. The FBI did. What I’m trying to ascertain is their stated belief in an official file that Wu-Tang ordered this homicide.” (h/t Pitchfork)