There’s an eternal quality to innovative music. You can’t always put your finger on it, but for some reason, it crosses generations and becomes ingrained in pop music culture forever. Old school hip hop is like that. No matter how many different reincarnations of the genre there have been, the originators always seem to draw the same enthusiasm at their shows that they did back in their glory days
The Wu Tang Clan is such an act, and last night at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco two of its originators, Method Man and Redman schooled us all on hip-hop and the ways of the Shaolin. The crowd listened attentively knowing full well they were in the company of legends. “Tonight, we’re going to only play the old shit!” said Red Man at the start of the show.
On the syllabus this evening were Wu Tang favorites like “M.E.T.H.O.D. Man,” “Shame on a Nigga” and the classic “Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin to Fuck With,” but also the iconic “Rappers Delight” and even an LL Cool J jam “4,3,2,1,” that the duo used to warm up the crowd at the start of the show.