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Killarmy
Origin New York City, New York
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1995 - Present
Labels Wu-Tang/Priority/EMI Records
Loud/Relativity Records
Associated acts Wu-Tang Clan
Sunz of Man
Members
4th Disciple
9th Prince
Kinetic 9
Dom Pachino
Islord
Killa Sin
ShoGun Assasson

Killarmy (pronounced kih-luh-AR-me) is a Hip hop group, best-known through its affiliation with the Wu-Tang Clan. It is one of the earliest and the most successful of the many Wu-Tang affiliates that emerged in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Career

Originally consisting of New York emcees 9th Prince (RZA's younger brother), Islord, Dom Pachino, Killa Sin, and Ohio-based producer 4th Disciple; it added Beretta 9 (a.k.a. Kinetic 9) and ShoGun Assasson to its membership in 1996, also from Ohio. It distinguishes itself from the other affiliates with gritty subject matter, differing from the standard subject matter of martial arts common to Wu-Tang Clan and their affiliates and focusing on themes of military and combat—but with a heavy dose of the Five-percenter philosophy prevalent in everything related to Wu-Tang Clan.

Killarmy released numerous singles from 1995 to 1997, including "Swinging Swords" and "Camouflage Ninjas" as well as the Sunz Of Man collaborations "Wake Up" and "Soldiers of Darkness." The album Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars was released in 1997 just after the release of Wu-Tang Clan's second album, as well as a 12-inch single containing two tracks from the album, which were "Wu-Renegades" and "Clash of the Titans." Shortly afterward, the group's manager General Wise was shot dead in Steubenville, Ohio, where several members were from and Wu-Tang Clan members like the RZA had spent time in their youth and young adulthood, but the group pressed on undeterred, appearing on the Wu-Tang Killa Bees: The Swarm compilation and each making numerous appearances on other Wu-Tang projects from the Wu-Tang Clan members themselves and from other affiliates. The group's second album, Dirty Weaponry, was released in 1998 and their third and final album, Fear, Love & War was released on September 11, 2001.

Discography

Album information
Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars
  • Released: August 5, 1997
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #34
  • R&B/Hip Hop chart position: #10
  • Singles: "Swinging Swords," "Camouflage Ninjas"/"Wake Up,"
    "Wu-Renegades"/"Clash of the Titans"
Dirty Weaponry
  • Released: August 11, 1998
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #40
  • R&B/Hip Hop chart position: #13
  • Singles: "Red Dawn"/"Where I Rest At," "The Shoot-Out"
Fear, Love & War
  • Released: September 11, 2001
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #122
  • R&B/Hip Hop chart positions: #34
  • Singles: "Street Monopoly"/"Monster," "Feel It"/"Militant,"
    "Nonchalantly"

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