by: cathy foreman
When the announcement was made, I knew it’d be a huge deal. I have friends that are steadfast Killa Bee fans. One of them even has the infamous “W” tatted on his arm. I remember when I initially saw it I thought wow, that’s some serious commitment. I couldn’t fathom the idea, but there it was. The Clan def has as its own legion of fans. And that was validated by the number of people, young and old, black and white who turned out for this mega event … the 25th Anniversary of the release of the 36 Chambers.
Wu-Tang Clan formed in Staten Island back in 1992. It’s members: RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, and Masta Killa are all popular and well versed through the entertainment industry in their own rights, in part attributed their underground successes and ultimately the coming together as the unit, Wu-Tang Clan. Each member respectively created a body of work that would withstand the test of time and ultimately be considered classic.
The fans were definitely there for the experience. Super stoked and well “lit”, whenever the DJ and later RZA made the call “Wu-Tang Clan”, they echoed “Ain’t Nuttin To Fuck Wit”. It was a sight. And for this girl who is not so much a hip-hop head, going into this show, I knew its significance. There are some performances and performers that no matter where you stand in respect to the genre, you know it’s a moment you simply must capture. And that was how I approached this reunion. Standing in the pit, waiting for the show to start, I could absolutely feel the energy and enthusiasm of these fans that moments later would only be heightened by the groups actual performance.