Posts Tagged ‘wu-tang clan’
After a 2 hour drive out from LA to San Bernardino, I arrived as the sun was setting and Lauryn Hill was in the middle of her set. Surprised she was on so early, I rushed through the gates to see what I could of what was left of her performance. It was amazing to see her on stage again. Her voice sounded great and her energy was explosive. At times it looked like she was going to explode on her band when they didn’t do exactly what she thought they should but it was still a good performance.
Tribe Called Quest gave my favorite performance of the night. Q-Tip was on fire. It might as well have been 1993 when Midnight Marauders was just released the way he rocked those songs. Even though Phife’s voice gave out on him a handful of times, the crowd was there to do his rhymes for him! Ali Shaheed Muhammed on the turntables kept everything moving along just right and all there chemistry was incredible. Even Jarobi and Busta Rhymes came out to perform half way through their set! All the while, the screen behind them was a dynamic backdrop that went through some very cool visuals.
As someone who got into chess on account of how the Wu-Tang Clan made it seem cool when they first came out, you can imagine that seeing the entire Wu-Tang Clan on stage was a moment for me. The fact that the late ODB’s first born son Boy Jones filled in for him and actually brought the same kind of energy as his father was even more remarkable. Unlike Tribe Called Quest though, the Wu didn’t make a point of adding much production value to their show so there wasn’t anything but “Wu Tang Clan” on that screen behind them during the whole set but when they went into their hits- the whole crowd spazzed out and didn’t care so much about those kind of details.
I opted to head back to LA before Snoop Dogg capped off the night since I’ve seen him perform so many times already but apparently he brought out Lady of Rage, Warren G and The Dogg Pound to bring his debut album Doggystyle to life. How each act performed their classic album was definitely one of the coolest things about Rock The Bells this year. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Midnight Marauders and Enter the 36 Chambers…live…so classic.
This kinda felt like the good ol’ days ’til I noticed Ghost isn’t in the video for some reason. Still though, seeing those W’s raised up brings back all the right memories. Rap Radar on the exclusive.