Wu-Tang Clan Brings Da Ruckus To The Tiny Desk With A Medley Of Their Hits
On their award tour celebrating 25 years of 36 Chambers, the members of the Wu-Tang Clan are keeping the family vibe strong. Lyrical swordsmen including RZA, GZA, Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa, and Inspectah Deck are joined by Cappadonna and O.D.B.’s son, Young Dirty at the NPR Music Tiny Desk.
There, the members of the team join a live band including a guitar player, cellist, and a violinist (a collective known as The Green Movement). The onetime Brooklyn DJ, RZA posts up behind a CDJ turntable coffin and provides additional sounds, controlling the set. As they have been doing across several TV spots and in their documentary last month, the Clan performs the legendary hit songs that fans love them for. They also take Heads some rare places for those who know the extensive discography of the umbrella. Every Wu MC gets a chance to demonstrate why for the last quarter-century they’ve had something meaningful to say.
The collective opens with 1997’s “Triumph.” They move into Rae’s Purple Tape. Chef Shallah flash-freezes “Glaciers Of Ice” with the string section bringing in some ominous sounds as the mic moves to Jamel Irief, who does his thing. RZA switches into Ghostface Killah’s “Winter Warz,” with the strings going with him. Cappadonna spits his legendary ’96 guest verse with delight. RZA scratches on the tables, other MCs rock highlight verses, from U-God to Young Dirty Bastard.
The vibe is loose, with the Clan closing out with “C.R.E.A.M.” To them, this is a party, and RZA, in particular, appears to enjoy it deeply. Before the set ends, RZA pulls out his phone to deliver a verse, as the strings start playing. It is impassioned and tells his story, from then to now. At a time when he has made movies, re-launched merchandising brands, penned books, and taken his act to new heights, Bobby Digital is still eager to rock out and show his B-Boy roots.
Yesterday (December 4), it was revealed that Ghostface and Inspectah Deck have a new project (alongside 7L & Esoteric) as a Ghostface Meets Czarface 2019 album was announced, along with a first single. In October, NPR Music‘s Rodney Carmichael hosted an incredible discussion with RZA at Atlanta’s A3C Festival.