Wu-Tang Clan “Brings da Ruckus” to San Francisco

On January 22, The Wu Tang Clan came to San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom to live up to their name as one of the most legendary and influential forefathers of ‘hardcore’ hip-hop. Before the performance started, the crowd demonstrated their enthusiasm by chanting out lyrics of some of Wu Tang’s most famous songs like “C.R.E.A.M.” and “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin Ta F’ Wit” before the beginning of the show. The anticipation and excitement of the crowd was almost unbearable by the time that the show began.
As Wu-Tang exploded onto the stage RZA, the mastermind and forefather of Wu-Tang, commenced the show by spraying a bottle of pink champagne all over the crowd. Wu-Tang started the set with “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin Ta F’ Wit”, arguably their most famous and recognizable track. With high energy, Wu-Tang continued with other notable songs off of their tour de force album “Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).” Opening with all these famous songs was a very intense and unexpected way to start the show. The audience was extremely enthusiastic during the entire time that they were performing songs from “36 Chambers” as they danced, sang, and flashed the “W” Wu-Tang hand signal.
Once Wu-Tang finished their section of the concert dedicated for “36 Chambers,” the next three songs were from GZA’s notable album “Liquid Swords,” hinting to the crowd that they were going to be performing their songs chronologically. The highlight of these three songs was “4th Chamber (Feat. Ghostface Killah, Killah Priest & RZA)” because of RZA’s extremely enthusiastic performance. Also, Method Man put on an impressive performance because he was wearing a leg brace and was sitting in an office chair. Despite his injury, he still somehow managed to do a stage dive, which was incredible to say the least.
Wu-Tang performed a lot of songs from solo albums of Clan members. This came as a pleasant aspect that added to the diversity of performance material for the concert. It also gave the crowd the opportunity to give praise to each individual member during the performance. A memorable instance of solo album song performances was when they played “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard. This gave the crowd and Clan the chance to pay homage to the fallen member by pointing to the sky during the song, and having everyone chant “Ooh baby I like it raw”.
Wu-Tang completed the show with the song that started their whole musical career, “Protect Ya Neck.” They performed a quick encore with “Gravel Pit” from the album “The W”. Overall it was an impressive performance.
It had all the best aspects of a concert – a great set list, spot-on execution, collaboration from the performers, and high energy performances. Wu-Tang lived up to its name and brought the ruckus to SF.

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