Masta Killa is a popular name in the rap world. He is an American rapper and a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. His real name is Jamel Irief (born Elgin Turner). He has been constantly active since the mid-1990s.
He is one of the lesser-known members of the Wu-Tang Clan (only being featured on one track on their 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)). He still has been prolific on Clan group albums and solo projects since the mid-1990s. He released his debut album No Said Date in 2004 to positive reviews and has since released three additional albums.
A Look Into Jamel’s Early Days
Jamel was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City. Not much is known about his personal life of childhood.
He was the last member to join Wu-Tang Clan. Because of this, he was not visible in the group’s debut single, “Protect Ya Neck”. Masta Killa was also the only member who wasn’t a rapper at the time of the group’s formation.
He stayed close to GZA who tutored him extensively, during his initial days with the group. The fact is evident in the similar flow they both employ.
He was inspired by the 1978 kung fu film Shaolin Master Killer, for his rap name, Masta Killa. Masta only appeared on one track on the Wu-Tang Clan’s first album, in the closing verse to “Da Mystery of Chessboxin”.
He narrowly missed the chance against Killah Priest, who was also battling for the position. Masta was successful in completing the verse before Killah and managed to secure the spot.
Since then, he was seen making regular appearances in the group’s second album, Wu-Tang Forever, and further ahead.
Masta Killa’s Masta Riches
With all the stardom and successful albums, Masta Killa has acquired a net worth of over $1 million.
This huge sum is the total of all his earnings through his numerous appearances in the Wa-Tang Clan albums, tours, and also his solo releases. A part of it is also earned by his acting and producer work.
He has had a successful career as a solo artist as well.
Jamel and His Rise to Fame
During the first round of solo projects, he made several appearances on tracks now considered Wu-Tang classics, such as “Winter Warz”, “Duel of the Iron Mic”, and “Glaciers of Ice”.
His flow was distinguished as it contrasted the manic and forceful styles of members like Inspectah Deck and Ghostface Killah, with its very slow and laid-back flow.
He began appearing as the group’s mainstay with all his regular appearances in the group’s second album.
Masta was the last of the group members to release their solo work. His album was delayed by several years, finally released in 2004 under the name No Said Date. It was a well-loved album and also the talk of the town for featuring every single member of the Wu-Tang Clan, after a period where the group lacked unity.
He went ahead to release three more albums, the timeline of which is as follows:
- Made In Brooklyn (August 2006)
- Selling My Soul (December 2012)
- Loyalty is Royalty
With such a distinguished and successful career, Masta Killa is bound to have such a fortune.
Wu-Tang Clan and The Members’ Net Worth
Despite having a net worth of over $1 million, Masta still remains seventh on the list of Wu-Tang members ranked by net worth.
Given below is the list of all the Clan members ranked by their riches:
- RZA $18m & GZA – $18 million each.
- Ghostface Killah – $17 million
- Method Man – $14 million
- Raekwon – $7 million
- U-God – $5 million
- Inspectah Deck – $4 million
- Masta Killa – $1 million
- Ol’ Dirty Bastard – $500,000
Masta Killa, one of the members of the Wu-Tang Clan, is the seventh richest in the group with a net worth of over $1 million. He has made all this money with his rap albums.
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