by Riaz Charania / Photo by: Michael Silvestre
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As we walked into the venue, escaping the whipping wind and rain, I realized that the weather wasn’t the only unsettled part of this night. A restless all-ages crowd, many of which proudly donned their Wu-Tang apparel, brewed with equal parts frustration and excitement. “Boos” turned to “WUs” and then back again.

Suddenly there was life. An Al Bundy-esque couch was brought onto stage which could only mean two things: either it was a resting place for the security who were spent trying to calm some people in the crowd down, or the show was about to begin. Thankfully for everyone, it was the latter.

Ghostface Killah and Raekwon stepped on stage and the pent-up energy from the crowd was finally fully realized, W’s were thrown up.

They quickly made their way through a Wu-Tang heavy set, with ‘Da Mystery of Chessboxin’ accounting for a large chunk of it. They also dipped into their solo work, digging up classics like, ‘Daytona 500’ (a personal favourite of mine) from Ghostface’s ‘Ironman’.

As the end of the set neared, the moment most people were waiting for finally arrived as BADBADNOTGOOD joined forces with Ghostface on stage. The significance of this wasn’t lost on the hip hop savvy crowd, as BBNG announced earlier this month that they’d be releasing an album called, ‘Sour Soul’ where Ghosftace is featured on every song.

As enjoyable as that was, along with the nostalgia, raw energy, chest out/hands up bravado a show like this provides, it didn’t totally avoid pitfalls. The show lacked in flow, although not of the lyrical variety, as tracks were often cut short and rarely blended into one another, which often made it hard to drink up any momentum for more than a gulp.
Regardless of that, the two legends energetically delivered a set of classics and at the same time embraced a new generation by joining forces with BBNG. This old and new combo seemed to perfectly represent the crowd of old and young, who waited but were rewarded.