25 Years Later: Wu Tang Clan STILL Ain’t Nothin to Fk With

Enter the 36 Chambers.

Let’s just start this article by saying, if you don’t fuck with this album or really, if you don’t fuck with the Wu… then I am afraid I am going to have to ask you to close the article and back away slowly. It’s lightweight suspect.

Now that we have gotten that out of the way
The Wu Tang Clan, aka the Rza, the Gza, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, and UGod. All the originals minus one (RIP to the gawd, ODB) will be on stage, live at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles. The Hall sits about 6500 people, meaning that there will not be a bad seat in the house. In fact, you could probably sit in the very last row of the theater and STILL be able to see that the Wu ain’t nothing to fuck with.

Do you remember where you were when the album dropped? Do you remember where you were when you first heard it? For so many albums that have come and gone, those memories are fleeting, and fade away. For the 36 Chambers, however, there are many of us who can remember the exact time and day that they first pressed play on that tape.

Yes. Tapes. I know I just aged myself, but let’s face it, if I am old enough to remember when 36 Chambers came out, I am old AF. Despite the multiple years that have passed, I still remember the first time I head C.R.E.A.M. I was living in Oak Part at the time, and I had this homie Juanito who was a a couple years older than me. Juanito also had a brother who was a couple years older than him, and it was Juanito’s brother who was bumping it from day one. I remember how excited he would get about the beats, and the lyrics and the way that 9 dudes managed to meld and form together into this “fucking voltron” of hip hop. Their vocabulary was intense and their beats, though fairly typical for 90s style, had an added twist of being surprisingly lo-fi. The juxtaposition gave the album, and the crew as a whole, a vibe that hadn’t truly been felt before that in hip hop. It was a vibe that slapped you in the face with a mixture of Staten Island bravado and Stanford University vocabulary. I mean,Gza raps about fucking quantum physics, for fucks sake…

…and it still sounds harder than most of the shit you hear these days.

I don’t know what will be in store for a show where all of the original members are on stage. While I have seen many of them separately, this would be my first opportunity to see the full group live, and there is no way I am missing it. Even though the drive alone to see this concert is about 6.5 hours AND I would have to leave right after work to get there in time, there is NOTHING I would rather be doing next weekend.

Which reminds me. Click the link for tickets below and come be a part of this legendary night.
And listen if you DON’T get your tickets, please don’t say I didn’t warn you. When I start posting pictures and video and you’re heart is broken don’t come crying. All I will do is say I told you so.

Cuz I did.

I will see you July 27th, LA!

Until then, you know where to find me.

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Olivia Monahan

July 17th, 2018

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