LL was good back in the early days, but he never progressed in his lyrics and style. Wu-Tang have always been experimental, mostly with Rza's penchant for Eastern Music. But Wu-Tang showed us it's possible for many people with different styles to co-exist in a group. They were a more diverse N.W.A. (which takes nothing away from N.W.A., they were pioneers). Wu-Tang was the middle step between N.W.A. and the new "Super Groups" (G-Unit, D-12, etc.). In the end, I felt the Clan has grown to a different level, and I still think LL is stuck in the past.