Fair nuff, always nice to see others getting into it.
others will probably be able to provide you with suggestions closer to Wu-Tang as i'm not much of a fan of them or a Golden Era? guy, but lemme try point out
Nas, Dilated People, Gang Starr, Jurassic 5, De la Soul, The Roots, Cypress Hill, Beastie Boys
other random artists I have folders/albums of (~only accurate way of "some pointers for some of the best artists" imho):
8-Ball and MJG, Outkast, Eminem, D12, T.I., Bone Thugs N Harmony, Bun B, Yelawolf, Chamillionaire, Busta Rhymes, Ice Cube, Killer Mike, Will Smith, Shaggy, Young Jeezy, Jay-Z, Ludacris, B.G., Lil Wayne, Hot Boyz, Nelly, Trae the Truth, Z-Ro, Slim Thug, The Game, Tech N9ne, B.O.B., Lupe Fiasco