Maybe it’s a tad odd to feature a hip-hop group on an electronic music site. However, whether you listen to minimal techno or death metal, you are almost certain to have this ubiquitous fondness of New York’s Wu-Tang Clan.
It’s a group that needs little introduction. They played in Miami during Art Basel weekend to a warehouse full of red-eyed Wu-Tang fans in Mana Wynwood.
The entire clan was there: the RZA, the GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killa, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, U-God, and Cappadonna. The stage was decorated with the famous Shaolin Apartments and a Chinese pavilion. While I find some hip-hop artists to be too “preachy” between songs, Wu-Tang did not hesitate; they quickly transitioned from classic to classic.
Wu-Tang played songs from their classic debut album, 36 Chambers, with tracks like “Bring da Ruckus” and “Cream.” Then came an entire assemble of “Triumph,” where every member took a turn on the mic. It wasn’t strictly Wu-Tang classics either, they went to play songs from their solo work like GZA’s “Liquid Swords” and RZA’s “Ice Cream.” Towards the end of the show, it only seemed appropriate to pay homage to Ol’ Dirty Bastard by playing his hit “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.” The crowd was further going insane. The energy in that venue could not be replicated.
In the world of touch-and-go modern day hip-hop, it is refreshing to see the legends still be able to hold the flame they originally lit. It has been 25 years and Wu-Tang has not aged one bit. Their songs still sound so crisp, yet so raw, and they can hold the crowd in the palm of their hands. Not even Martin Shkreli could tarnish the reputation of one of New York’s finest.