Louisville hip-hop fans are treated to a special night with hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan.
Review by Greg Deinlein
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of a Hip-Hop album that would define the genre forever, the Wu-Tang Clan brought their unmistakable style to the Old Forester Paristown Hall in Louisville, KY to perform Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in its entirety. With their world-famous boom-bap beats and massively talented cast of rappers, everyone knew what to expect, and the Wu delivered in full.
Starting the show with the first song on their famous 1993 album, the show started strong with RZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, and GZA putting the Wu-Tang sword style on full display. As expected, the audience didn’t need much urging to “Bring Da Ruckus.”
The absence of the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard is tough to work around but his son, Young Dirty Bastard is performing his dad’s verses with the Clan on this tour and leaves nothing to be desired. Everything that ODB is known and loved for is recreated perfectly by his son, YDB. With performances of some of ODB’s most famous solo work in “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” and “Got Your Money” it really felt like watching the late legend himself. YDB put in a performance his dad would be proud of, and the energy he brought was contagious.
There was one notable no-show for this tour, and as someone who had a presence on 9 of the 13 songs that made up the 36 Chambers, it left quite a few holes that the crew had to fill. With Method Man out filming a movie, his verses were mostly crowd-sourced, with other members filling in. One of the most iconic songs on the album and one named after Method Man was skipped entirely.
After the performance of Enter the Wu-Tang, it was time for a few “covers” and a medley of the members’ solo tracks. With covers of The Beatles’ “Come Together,” Rick James’ “Mary Jane,” and Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” there were a few surprises; it was something you would have to see for yourself to understand. One thing that was very noticeable was the diversity of those in attendance. Every race, age group, gender, and aesthetic was well represented.
Wu-Tang is for everyone, and they will leave a legacy that will last for ages. A chance to celebrate that legacy at this moment is an opportunity to be cherished. Experiences like this won’t exist forever.