It has been confirmed through several reports that Freedum “Popa Wu” Allah passed away this morning in his home in Brooklyn, New York. He was 63 years old.

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Popa Wu, who was most affectionately known as “Freedum” to his loved ones, was best known to the world as the Wu Tang Clan’s consigliere of righteousness, appearing on several Clan projects including “All That I Got Is You” featuring Mary J. Blige from Ghostface Killah’s Ironman album, Raekwon’s classic Only Built For Cuban Linx LP and opened up the WTC’s classic double CD Wu Tang Forever on “Wu-Revolution”. Given the name “Popa Wu” by Method Man, Freedum also appeared in the new Hulu series’ first episode of Wu Tang: An American Saga.

Being an older cousin to founding members RZA, GZA and the late ODB, Freedum was very instrumental to the structure of the Wu Tang Clan in its early developmental stages. The elder of the Cuffie crew aided in guiding the founders towards the teachings of the Five Percent Nation, a culture that Freedum adopted as a teenager in the mid 60s. These teachings are the principle aspect of the content of Wu Tang’s music.


Several Clan members and the Hip Hop community poured their love and condolences into social media posts showing their respect for the God.

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R.I.P. Popa Wu.

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No words! #rippopawu #theoldergodsputmeontohowtorockthis

A post shared by Method Man (@methodmanofficial) on sends our respect and condolences to his family, extended family of Allah’s 5% Nation, his Wu Tang family and a host of friends and loved ones that will miss Popa Wu.