Whichever the case, the energy Wu-Tang brought to the Majestic Theatre last night made it worth the wait — even if that wait was 25 years. After all, the group's current tour celebrates the 25th anniversary of its debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
The venue was packed with a multi-generational crowd in black and yellow shirts with Wu-Tang's “W” emblem emblazoned across the front. The wide range of ages drove home how much impact the collective still has, not just in its genre but on pop music in general.
“Where’s the energy at tonight, San Antonio?” he yelled before rapping the hook to the “Bring Da Ruckus," the first song on 36 Chambers. Met by a roar of cheers, Ghostface Killah emerged next, setting in on his verse: “Ghostface catch the blast of a hype verse / my glock burst / leave in a hearse, I did worse.”
The group jumped right into the album's second track, “Shame On a N*gga,” as Young Dirty Bastard (the late Old Dirty Bastard’s son) exploded across the stage rapping with his dad's chaotic fervor. Not only did YDB sport a similar hairstyle and bear physical resemblance to his father, his firework delivery added a youthful edge to the group, whose members are in their late 40s and early 50s.
They also threw in “Triumph” from the second album Wu-Tang Forever and let Young Dirty Bastard spit verses from his father’s solo outings “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” and “Get Your Money.”
“We started in New York City,” RZA told the crowd at the end of the night. "We made it to New Jersey and then down to Philly. There was this man named Will Strickland who was the first person to play Wu-Tang in Texas all those years ago, and since then, Texas has always been a big supporter of us, so we just want to say thank y’all for that. The song he played had no hook, just eight dope emcees’s getting lyrical. That song was 'Protect Your Neck'."