From the slums of Shaolin: Wu-Tang Clan live at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre [Review]
Vancouver, BC – The most epic rap show in Vancouver’s history was held this weekend at the Orpheum Theatre and HipHopCanada was in the building and proud to be a co-sponsor.
Timbre Concerts managed to bring almost every member of the mighty Wu-Tang Clan to Winnipeg and then Vancouver the following night. Who was in the building? The RZA, The GZA, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon The Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Cappadonna, Masta Killa and DJ Mathematics brought the house down in Vancity and although Method Man would have been a welcomed addition, the night was still nothing short of spectacular.
Full force nostalgia filled the beautiful Orpheum Theatre as the Clan got grimy on-stage to kick the night off with all of the best tracks from Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers. Over 20 years in the game and these guys still have that same fan appeal; enough to nearly sell-out one of Vancouver’s larger music venues. They wore shirts with individual yellow letters printed on the chest to spell out “WUTANG” which could have bordered cheesy if it was anyone but the Wu.
Even in the absence of Meth and the late ODB tracks like “Method Man” and “Got your Money” still had their moment, although the white boys went absolutely bananas over tracks like “Bring The Ruckus” and “Triumph.”
Cappadonna’s performance was definitely a major highlight, his style is as on-point as ever and his rhymes sprayed through the Theatre like a clip of ammunition. RZA seemed to lead the team with conductor like presence, GZA signed album covers for fans in the front row, Rae rocked a Vancity Originals snap-back and professed his love for the city while Ghostface made his preference in stage lighting known. “Yo! Turn off them white lights and put on them blue and red ones. These people is paying you. Change that lighting up.”
One has to wonder about the personal dynamic of hip-hop’s most prolific rap group. Why wasn’t Method Man in attendance? How come GZA seemed detached from the crew, signing autographs and eventually placing his microphone down and sneaking off stage before the show was complete? Maybe these are details that only a journalist would question. Did it take away from the show? Not at all. But it was certainly a little peculiar.
“Yo, you guys want us to keep going? Say ‘fuck the curfew!” RZA directed the crowd to put their W’s up as they pushed their set past the allotted time. Nobody complained and by the time the lights came on and the guys wrapped up to head backstage hundreds of satisfied Vancouver hip-hop heads filed out the door to head to one of two Wu member hosted after-parties. Nine legends made Vancouver history that night and anyone in attendance was surely feeling that once-in-a-lifetime high. Here’s hoping for at least 20 more years – Wu-Tang forever.
Written by KassKills for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands
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