Interesting, I was just debating this very question with distinguished scholars from the American Antiquarian Society. And before he passed away, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. and I frequently argued over whether Masta Killa should be considered a full-fledged member of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Anyway, GZA has the nickname of the “Genius”, but RZA is obviously the leader, the true brains of the clique, and the the sun in the Wu-Tang Clan solar system that the other members draw their energy from and orbit around. If we’re doing an old-fashioned Wu-Tang roll call (“The RZA, the GZA, the Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, the Ghostface Killah, and…M-e-t-h-o-d MAN!”), we have a lot of talent, but RZA has to be the President. The great thing is that President RZA has himself a built-in Cabinet with his fellow killer bees!
And, if RZA is in the top spot, I’d want Ghostface Killah as his VP. As I said, RZA is undoubtedly the leader, and while I’m a big fan and think highly of everyone in the group, I think Ghostface’s talent level is above and beyond any other Wu-Tang member. I’d want him right at the top with RZA, ready to take over, if necessary.
(By the way, I’d like to see Eric Foner or Cornel West or H.W. Brands try to answer this question. WU-TANG!)