On Saturday night September 27, the famed Warfield in San Francisco, was transformed inside and out to “Wu Field” as the NY bred hip-hop outfit known as the Wu-Tang Clan took it over for an unforgettable night of old school flavor and wasted booze. Even though the Wu-Tang Clan had headlined last years Rock The Bells Festival in Mountain View, Calif. and has essentially found its way to the Bay Area once a year for the better part of the last decade, this “Wu-Field” was packed to the walls with fans all ready to experience everything the Wu would throw their way.
As the needle dropped on the ones and twos, and the beats started popping, the Master of Ceremonies, none other than RZA came out to greet the audience. Armed with a Mic, a bottle of Grey Goose and a chant of “Wu-Tang Killa Bees!” RZA started things off with a bang! Working hard not to overwhelm the crowd, The Wu-Tang pieced together their clan slowly. One by one, members of the Clan emerged from the shadows as their lyrical mastery was needed. Starting off with RZA and GZA for “Clan in da Front” and then Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Inspectah Deck for “Bring da Ruckus.”
The Wu-Tang Clan stuck closely to the classics from their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers. Songs like “C.R.E.A.M” and “M-E-T-H-O-D Man” incited the audience to hold up their hands in a “W.” However the group consisting of nearly a dozen emcees cherry picked some select records from Wu-Tang Forever and The W with “Triumph” (which sent one guy in the back through the roof and had him shouting “Whaaaat!!??” over and over again and looking around with a “Did they just do that?” look) and “Gravel Pit.”
Not to let us forget about the fallen, RZA slowed down the show with a tribute to ODB (Ol’ Dirty Bastard) with a fitting rendition of “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”
At the end of the night RZA had gone through at least 4 bottles of liquor and took to the mic once again to plug the Clan’s upcoming album A Better Tomorrow. As he stated “If you are having a good day today, Why not have A Better Tomorrow? And if you are having a bad day today, then you NEED A Better Tomorrow.”
With A Better Tomorrow coming out sometime this year “Hopefully” and the mystery “Art Piece” album touring at some point next year, there will be plenty of new Wu-Tang to consume, and based on RZA’s statement of San Francisco being a second home to the group, the Bay Area will surely see the collective again soon.