Announced only a couple weeks before the show, House of Blues welcomed Wu-Tang Clan with special guests HighDro and Goodmuzik101. The most enticing aspect to this impromptu show, Wu-Tang was to include all remaining members of the Clan except for the RZA, who is currently tied up in other projects. [GZA, Ghostface, Method Man, Masta Killa, Raekwon, U-God, and Inspectah Deck] Without hesitation, I got my tickets, knowing this was a rare chance to see one of raps most legendary crews together onstage.
Opening was local rapper HighDro who typically freestyles alongside a DJ, tonight welcomed local band Goldfish Don’t Bounce and a beat-boxer to back him. HighDro put on a crowd pleasing performance, moving the crowd towards the stage and setting the atmosphere. Goodmuzik101 followed shortly after, rapping through a short set, getting the audience hyped and ready for Wu-Tang.
Wu-Tang arrived on stage late to an anxious and welcoming audience. Wasting no time, Wu-Tang Clan came out blazing, starting off with some fan favorites: Bring Da Ruckus, Shame on a Nigga, Killa Beez, and Ain't Nuthing Ta Fuck Wit. In no time The House of Blues was a rowdy party, money was falling down from atop the stage, wafts of marijuana clouds floated through the air, while all the females shook their booties. Method Man even stepped off stage onto the hands of fans, as a semi crowd surf, spiting rhymes as he stood atop a pyramid of obliging fans.
Wu-Tang kept the fans pumped throughout their set, constantly riling up the audience, “Everybody in this mothafucka make some noise if you love Wu-Tang!” Late appearances included Masta Killa and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard’s son, Young Dirty Bastard, who would’ve done his father proud with his talent on the mic. As Method Man was blazing up on stage, he mentioned “This is a family reunion.. ..goin on 17 years,” and they busted into a Family Reunion rap. The rounded out their short set with Ice Cream, Da Mystery of Chessboxin', C.R.E.A.M., and a special tribute to ODB of Shimmy Shimmy Ya performed by YDB.
The tightly packed crowd was still dancing, clapping hands, shouting “Yeah baby I like it raw,” as the stage quickly cleared. Before we knew it, Method Man became the sole rapper onstage, trailing off into incoherent rhymes. Shortly afterward, the lights came up and show was over. Completing an only one hour set, Wu-Tang gave fans everything we wanted, but nothing more. Leaving us hanging, with no closing shout outs or good nights.
Despite the short and sweet performance, I really can’t hate on it. Wu-Tang showed up full force, rocked the crowd hard, and agreed to a House of Blues show, after an impromptu appearance at Boomers in November packed the joint. This was a rare opportunity to see some many old school rappers that helped further define the genre in our generation, and I was grateful to be part of the sold out show.