September 12th, 2008 – by: rrodjr1931
Reppin Wu, not the West Side!
Ok so many of you know Im from Brooklyn, which is home of some of the most celebrated Hip-Hop Artists in the world...IE. Biggie, Jay-Z, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Fabolous, and the list goes on! Were pretty proud of our rap roots and stars, so we always support them. However, me and my friends were presented with an opportunity to go see Staten Islands (Shaolin) own Wu Tang Clan. All of us were super excited, because we love Hip-Hop that has a story to tell..not the stuff you hear bumping over the radio today that is nothing more than a good beat and a catchy hook. Im not getting up and doing the Super Man or Super Soaking any ho's....Dont get me wrong I listen to it, but I prefer stuff with content.
This is the exact reason why NAS says Hip-Hop is dead, but thats a debate in itself and Im just here to write a blog about my WU experience.
None of us could pass on the opportunity to be brought back to that state of Hip-Hop, so we bought tickets to see WU at an intimate spot in Manhattan called the Fillmore. I know at least 2-3 of us (including myself) spent the entire day before the concert listening to Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Tical, Return of the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, Only Built for Cuban Linx, Liquid Swords, and Ironman. These albulms produced hit music that was influential to us, and thought a chance to see these songs live....oh man sign me up!
We met up before the concert for a bite to eat and a few drinks, which was good because it gave us a chance to amp each other up.
Look at that diversity...
After that we got on line and I was pretty impressed to see the diversity Wu pulled from the streets to see this concert. I saw people who were young, old, fat, skinny, hood, suburban, dancers, stiff as boards, black, white, latin, asian, and everything in between. It was great. We got in and the DJ was pumping 90's Hip-Hop which was right up our alley... We were wildin out....at least as well as late 20 early 30 years olds can do...hahaha. However, the show did not start until almost 3 hours later....WOW. We justified it by saying the bar needed to make money, so it would make no sense if they jumped on and off immediately. However, we were all getting ansey.
The show finally began with two kids rapping their hearts away.
Raekwon The Chef
.. However, they were boo'd off because the crowd came to see Shoalins WU not 2 white kids from Ronkonkoma Long Island singing about experiences they saw on tv. Hey it wasnt just me, all the white kids in the crowd were booing too....lol. If your own peeps dont stick up for you...then theres an issue. Anyway, who am I to judge (lmao). The WU finally came out with Cappadopnna first up to bat... He was followed by others, but the show was mostly GZA... with a brief song by Raekwon the Chef. RZA sat up on stage and sang on 1-2 songs, but this wasnt the WU I grew up with. No Method Man, obviously no ODB cuz he passed away, and several others were MIA. They sang like 4 songs that we really knew... How disappointed were we. But the younger people in the crowd were rockin out with what seemed to be a new WU to us, and knew the words.
It made me stop and wonder... Has the group gone south, am I too old for the music, or what? Well after long pontification, it occurred to me that WU will always be WU... they still deliver crazy stories over crazy beats and connect with the crowd... even more amazing they crossed over age gaps to deliver a memorable Wu to young hip-hoppers just like the Wu music me and my friends listened to back in the hay day. Maybe age has to do it with it, who knows... but this has nothing to do with Wu as artists. Ill always be a fan, just not the new stuff....