As the news of Freedom “Popa Wu” Allah‘s passing continues to send shockwaves throughout the industry, many who knew and loved the wise spiritual guide of The Wu-Tang Clan. Taking to Twitter and Instagram, Popa Wu’s loved ones are joined in mourning after losing one of the most memorable voices of the culture.
Earlier, we reported on the news that Popa Wu transitioned with details scant at the time. Since our published work from earlier Monday (December 16), we’ve learned Popa Wu was 63 years of age and that there was an alternative spelling of his attribute (name) listed as “Freedum.”
U-God was among the first Wu-Tang Clan members to pay their respects for their fallen comrade, and other members such as GZA sharing a video clip of Popa Wu “building” (teaching Five Percent Nation lessons) in the Hulu series Wu-Tang: An American Saga. and Method Man reposted an older photo of the pair. Ghostface Killah, Cappadonna, and Raekwon also gave tribute on their respective social media pages.
Others such as R.A. The Rugged Man, Five Steez, and Justis Hype also shared kind words for Popa Wu, and it was Hype who reminded many that Popa Wu was far more than just a Wu-Tang Clan affiliate. He also operated a record label out of Brooklyn, and he also was an adviser to many up and coming rappers and producers all hoping to soak up his wisdom and outlook on life.
A common refrain among those who met Popa Wu in passing is that he imparted the same bristling gems of advice to them as he did across several Wu-Tang Clan tracks. We’ve collected some of those responses in the gallery below.
Peace to the God Freedom “Popa Wu” Allah. Rest Powerfully.
The Wu-Tang Clan & Hip-Hop Reacts To The Passing Of Freedom “Popa Wu” Allah was originally published on hiphopwired.com
RIP Popa Wu. Inna lillahi wa inna llayhi Raaji'oon. may Allah bless him and grant him a place in Jannah. pic.twitter.com/o3drMCD4T9— The Sicilian Shooter (Saifullah) (@vinnie_paz) December 16, 2019
PEACE💪🏿👊🏿💡7️⃣⭐️— The 5 Percenters (@The_5Percenters) December 16, 2019
May Allah be pleased with our Dear Brother and Comrade Freedom (aka Popa Wu). Rest In Power King @popawu7 #The5Percenters #FivePercenter #PapaWu #FreedumAllah #WuTangForever #PeaceToTheGodsAndEarths pic.twitter.com/LimMFATsBT
RIP Popa Wu !!! Wings Up !!— R.A. the Rugged Man (@RAtheRuggedMan) December 16, 2019
oh shit RIP popa wu - didnt work with popa wu often but when I did it was inspiring - remember divine saying "popa wu & you are good to each other & roll tight" .. a god in the #wutangclan family here he is shelling the crowd before an electric show at bonaroo @WuTangClan #popawu pic.twitter.com/bsBTLwA27d— Simon Peter Green (@SimonPeterGreen) December 16, 2019
RIP Popa Wu! His intro on Wu Tang Forever changed how I viewed and interacted with the world after. And those gems still remain with me since I heard the album when I was 10.— Five Steez (@FiveSteez) December 16, 2019
Popa Wu will be mostly remembered for his association with Wu Tang but he was also a pillar in the community as well Ft Greene Bed Stuy BK— Justis Hype (@JustisHype) December 16, 2019
The God did his job. He showed n proved. He was giving the 85 Knowledge of Self & they didn’t even have a clue he was teaching through the music. Popa Wu is Forever....— The Conduit 🇬🇭 (@Baba_LP_7) December 16, 2019
Man if you ever met Freedum #popawu then you know he was one of a kind. He didn’t play no games! I remember the last time I spoke to him on the phone. Never forgetting what he told me. I’m keepin it for me and blessing those who worthy.— ShowPen7 (@show_pen7) December 16, 2019
I love you Popa Wu. I am so sorry you went to Heaven. You have been there for me in ways I am unable to explain to the world. You gave me life wisdom when u wanted nothing in return but love. You gave me the nickname Blondie. I love u for life and beyond. https://t.co/Km6raRz5DL— Scott Isbell (@scottisbell_) December 16, 2019