If you are a Wu-Tang Saga fan and a true fan of hip hop, you would’ve loved Wu-Tang’s recent show at Skyway Lounge.
The MSR caught up with members at the tour kickoff held at the Skyway Lounge in Minneapolis. The tour consisted of three members of the Clan: Raekwon, Ghostface Killah & GZA. The three gave an undeniable performance that classic hip hop fans would not have wanted to miss.
“The tour has three different chambers of music from classic albums, ‘Cuban Linx’ and ‘Ironman’ who are like brother and sister but ‘Liquid Sauce’ was like an educated cousin that needed to be around,” explained Raekwon. This tour is simply an anniversary outing for Raekwon and Ghostface whose albums are 20 and 25 years old.
The Wu likes the Twin Cities; they have been coming here for years, and it has always been good energy.
Ghostface Killah said the first stop of the tour is important cause it sets the tempo for every other place they go. “The first stop is never a dead stop; each time the Wu stops through a town, the fans show nothing by love,” said Ghostface.
The Wu-Tang’s debut album was called “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).” The ’90s were serious and the Wu made their mark during that era. The group has nine original members with one member deceased (Ol’ Dirty Bastard). Each member achieved solo successes in their careers. One member had a vision and instilled the vision into others.
Since coming together as a brotherhood, most members have converted to Islam and are vegans or vegetarians.
Not only is the group musically inclined, but they also started the Wu-Tang wear (wutangclan.com), a clothing line that was later changed to “Wu-Tang Brand.” They have now added Park Hill clothing (parkhillclothing.com). Park Hill is the name of the projects in New York where most of the Wu-Tang crew grew up. The goal is to tell the story behind the story.
Watching these guys on stage performing in their Kung Fu style element, mixing slang and Asiatic influences, and grooving to their own music, takes you back to the ’90s.
If you missed the Wu’s first stop, be sure to catch them when they come your way. The tour wraps up in December.
Nikki Love is a contributing writer at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.