Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch bring the Wu Block to Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic
Edmonton, AB – Originally published on April 21, 2014 – On Apr. 19, Pearl Entertainment brought the first ever Iron Mic Music Festival to the Edmonton Expo Centre. The festival serves as Western Canada’s biggest indoor hip-hop music festival. And the event’s debut brought headliners Smoke DZA, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Ghostface Killah, and MGK, together on one ridiculously stacked bill for a night of greatness.
After Action Bronson’s set wrapped, Wu-Tang’s legendary Ghostface Killah took the stage; only minutes before 10 p.m. Let’s put things into perspective, for a minute, here: Ghostface is the kind of MC that other MCs get excited about seeing. When Ghostface arrived at the Edmonton Expo Centre, his fellow Iron Mic headliners – Smoke DZA, Joey Bada$$, and Action Bronson – jumped at the chance to exchange words with him. I mean – Tony Starks has been in the rap game since before 19-year-old Joey Bada$$ was even born. Think about that for a minute.
And having Ghostface grace us with his presence was only the beginning; it didn’t stop there. He made it a Wu Block affair by bringing LOX member and D-Block Records founder, Sheek Louch, on to the stage with him. Yes, that really happened.
Y’all know that Wu-Tang is forever, right? But do you know how – exactly – Ghostface manages to carry that legacy? He’s a man for the people; that’s all there is to it. He signed autographs after his set. And he actually got two people from the audience up on stage to spit verses from “Protect Ya Neck.” It was glorious. And those two dudes nailed it. Full disclosure, here: Ghostface brought a bunch of guys up on to the stage but only the ones that could spit the verses got to stay on. Not many MCs could walk into a room 100 per cent sure that at least two audience members could accurately spit every single line on a verse. But like I said, Wu-Tang is forever. My HHC partner in crime – miss Rosa Jay – told me that as the two dudes exited the stage, they were getting daps from everyone by the stage exit, including the likes of Action Bronson. That’s how real it was.
HipHopCanada caught up with Ghostface Killah after his performance, for what we agreed was one of our favourite interviews of the night. After all, Ghost is a storyteller of legend. So we were just lucky enough to seep in some of those stories. We caught up about that hot ticket single-copy The Wu — Once Upon a Time In Shaolin album, Raekwon’s decision to go on strike from Wu-Tang, the Ghostface-Drake connection, and more. So while you itch for that interview to drop, check out these photos that Sarah Sussman took of Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch below.
Photography by Sarah Sussman
Photography by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada
About Iron Mic Music Festival
Iron Mic is the first of its kind for Western Canada – it’s an indoor multi-headliner hip-hop festival offered to all ages. The festival is three parts in nature: it features headlining performances from internationally recognized artists. It provides an opportunity for local artists to gain some exposure. And it gives back to the community through charitable efforts. Iron Mic Music Festival was made possible through Pearl Entertainment’s partnerships with Nightshift, Mez Muzik, Dubsac, Jakmove, Diamond Kings Entertainemnt, IPartySask, and HipHopCanada.
Tags: Action Bronson, D-Block, EST 19XX, Ghostface Killah, Iron Mic Music Festival, Joey Bada$$, Machine Gun Kelly, MGK, Pearl Entertainment, Pro Era, Sheek Louch, Smoke DZA, The Lox, Wu Block, Wu-Tang Clan