Monday, July 19, 2004

Wu-Tang? Back Again?

I personally have the 36 Chambers CD in my car ready for action at any one time, so its good to hear that the Wu are back together onstage:

Original Wu-Tang Clan Lineup Reunites At Cali Hip-Hop Fest

SAN BERNARDINO, California — For the past few years, the promise of "Wu-Tang forever!" has evolved into "Wu-Tang ever again?" But all that worrying washed away Saturday when the improbable happened in front of more than 8,000 fans at the Rock the Bells hip-hop fest.

Well, the worrying wasn't entirely absent. After sets from locals Dilated Peoples as well as Chali 2na and DJ Nu-Mark, and a raucous set from Redman, the wait was on. Anticipation was nearly as thick as the smoky air, which turned the overloaded Orange Pavilion into a chronic-scented steam room. Nearly an hour after the headlining set was supposed to begin, relief came. The question "Do you think your Wu-Tang sword could defeat me?" pumped from the speakers as the Clan emerged for another Wu banger with all 36 styles of danger.

That's right, the RZA, the GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, U-God, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Cappadonna and Method Man all on the same stage for the first time since 2000.

"Bring da muthaf---in' ruckus!" screamed RZA, frontloading the 90-minutes-plus set with the Enter the Wu Tang classics "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'," "C.R.E.A.M.," "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit" and "Shame on a N---a." Unlike some hip-hop crews that can't seem to get out of each other's way in concert, the Clan respected each other's shine and moved onstage and on the mic in perfect synchronicity.

They definitely come correct. Bring the ruckus indeed.

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