Monday 27 March 2017

HIP-HOP

WU-TANG CLAN

Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

TRIPOD, DUBLIN

The omens for the first Irish headline appearance from one of the most pioneering crews in hip-hop were not good. Hours after this show was announced it was mysteriously pulled, only to materialise yet again about a week later.

Hip-hop is notoriously hit or miss live and the Staten Island collective are one of its most unpredictable proponents, if they even manage to show up at all.

Thankfully, they spare their Irish fans the 'will they or won't they' circus, punctually arriving and playing a blinding show.

The Wu-Tang Clan almost single-handedly define the concept of a hip-hop crew, being a close-knit band of rapping brothers who won't even let death get in the way. The late Ol' Dirty Bastard died of an overdose in 2004 at the tender age of 35 and his comrades pay a touching tribute by dropping his calling card solo hit Got Your Money into the mix.

For a bunch of rappers in their early 40s, the Wu-Tang Clan's infectious energy is extraordinary.

Egos in hip-hop are probably more inflated than any other sector in the entire entertainment industry with many of its brightest stars content to show up late, make a token personal appearance and pick up their pay check.

However, the Wu give it their all, bounding around the stage and prompting one of the wildest reactions TriPod has probably ever seen. Method Man is their leader in the loosest sense of the word, showcasing a unique flow and one of the most distinctive and singular voices in hip-hop.

Intriguingly, the audience appears to be 90pc male with Dublin's homies out in full force. Their beloved Wu give them a night out to remember with a staggering performance that confirms that they're right up there with Public Enemy and N.W.A. in hip-hop's golden circle.

Irish Independent

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