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It's hard to believe that almost 20 years have passed since the release of "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)," the debut effort from hip-hop "supergroup" the Wu-Tang Clan. But then, that album's shadow looms so large over all that followed in the hip-hop and rap worlds that it seems fitting that the 1993 release is still cited as one of the most significant and influential rap platters this side of RUN DMC and Public Enemy.

Conceived initially as a loose collective of MCs who would gather together beneath the Wu-Tang umbrella periodically, then scatter to pursue world dominance as solo artists, Wu-Tang today is widely considered one of the most successful brands in the history of hip-hop. That initial plan worked -- Wu-Tang members are by this point as widely hailed for their solo work as they are for their contributions to the collective.

The original microphone masters comprising Wu-Tang -- that's RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and Cappadonna -- will gather on the stage of the Town Ballroom at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Remaining tickets for the 18-and-over show are $45 (box office, TownBallroom.com and Tickets.com).

-- Jeff Miers