Yesterday (Dec. 5), in commemoration of their conquering 1993 debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the Wu-Tang Clan got together to perform a native influenced long-winded session of Wu hits on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series. Together, Raekwon, RZA, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, U-God, Cappadonna, alongside the son of the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Young Dirty Bastard, fed onlookers with a wealth of musical wisdom than obtains 25 years of brilliance.
Starting off with a top-notch classic, “Triumph” which arguably accommodates one of the greatest verses in hip-hop history, Inspectah Deck spewed the famed moment, preceding into their early mantraesque hits from “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta Fuck Wit” to “Method Man.” Touching base on their iconic solo still-Wu gems, the concert flew into tracks in the likes of Raekwon’s “Glaciers of Ice”, Method Man’s “Bring the Pain,” Ghostface Killah’s “Run” and ultimately sealed the show with the affectionately received “C.R.E.A.M.”
While both Method Man and Ghostface Killah were not present, the group successfully managed to set forth a nostalgic performance which was reminiscent to the traditional rap cypher their gritty craft tends to reflect. Young Dirty Bastard appears to be on a role with the undertaking of his late father’s eccentric vigor, as he is seen portraying Ol’ Dirty Bastard segments in modern-day performances.
With the help of strings of The Green Project, RZA dropped a “dart” where he accumulates his Wu experience in live time.
“I used to be a metaphor whore/I would search through the core of my brain to find a metaphor better than yours/But now I’m a spiritual lyricist mystic/And I realize Hip-Hop has a sickness/So I’m going to cure the sickness without a pill/That’s better than me saying dollar dollar bill…”
Last month the super group’s debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) reached a new milestone of 25 years since its iconic release. In extended honor of the 25th anniversary of 36 Chambers, the clan will hold two respective east coast celebrations in Philly and New York. Watch the clan swarm through their “Wu Classics” playlist with Tiny Desk, here.