review and photos by Kyle Johnson
The Wu Tang Clan returned to Seattle last Sunday night to a nearly sold out crowd at Showbox Sodo. Having missed their Bumbershoot performance this past summer, I was extremely excited to see the legendary hip-hop supergroup that had been largely responsible for starting my love of hip-hop so many years back.
Locals Furious Styles, Cancer Rising, and Dyme Def opened the show. I caught the tail end of Cancer Rising as they began to get the crowd hyped. The “Wu Tang” chants began during their set and wouldn’t completely stop till the Clan hit the stage.
Dyme Def has definitely had a great year in Seattle and opening for Wu Tang Clan seems like a fitting end to their 2007. The boys brought their signature space music sound to the Sodo venue and rocked with impressive energy and were backed by the amazing Bean One on the decks. Their set’s abrupt ending struck me as a little odd. It seemed as though they were a little annoyed at the overly Wu-Anxious crowd.
Eventually, the lights dimmed. The DJ introduced the entire clan. When the Wu stormed the stage to “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin’ To F#CK With,” pandemonium broke loose within the crowd. After enjoying the opening track, I couldn’t help but wonder why RZA wasn’t yet on stage. He never showed and his absence was never explained. This one major letdown didn’t overshadow the remaining Wu Tang Clan members, though, as the stage was owned by Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Masta Killah, GZA, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Cappadonna and Street Life.
Wu Tang’s set included many of the classics off of all Wu albums as well as some tracks off individual members’ solo efforts. My personal favorite was “Daytona 500.” The clan seemed to be having a blast with Seattle, offering countless praise and shouts to our city. Method Man controlled the crowd and definitely displayed the most energetic stage presence of the night.
Midway through the show the lights dimmed more and the crowd was instructed to use lighters or cell phones to light the dark Sodo venue. The late great ODB was honored in a two song celebration featuring my favorite ODB Track, “Brooklyn Zoo.”
The crowd was extremely positive and diverse. It is cool to see how a group’s music has affected so many different types of people from different walks of life. I never thought I would see another full length Wu Tang album produced, let alone another Wu Tang clan Tour. 2007 brought me both, and for that I am forever thankful. Hip-hop is alive and well.
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