Morrison, Colorado, April 19, 2016 – Despite Red Rocks Amphitheater being a massive outdoor venue, a heavy cloud of marijuana hovered over the rows from the time doors opened to when they closed for the Wu-Tang-Clan reunion concert featuring three former members of the rap group, Red man, Method Man and Raekwon the Chef. A fourth member, Ghostface Killah, was booked for the show as well, but missed his flight to Colorado.
April 20th, better known as 4/20 has been an underground holiday for marijuana smokers for years, but since the legalization in states such as Colorado and Washington there have been more and more big name concerts on 4/20 and 4/20 eve.
Of course, the most popular venue in Colorado, and one of the most popular in the United States was going to have a blowout concert event on the eve of what is becoming one of Colorado’s most celebrated days.
The openers, most notably Collie Buddz and Joey Bada$$ played while the sun was still high in the sky, and as it set the entire crowd grew more and more excited to see the rap greats.
All three former Wu Tang members went on to lead successful solo careers, and each performed their solo music to begin the respective sets. Because of their chemistry dating back to the early 1990’s they were able to add verses and play off of each other like they never spent time apart.
Redman and Method Man came in hot, dropping “Errbody Scream” which immediately got the crowd rowdy and ready to lock in.
Raekwon the Chef came out not two songs later and the trio stayed on stage together even while not performing. While one rapper was laying his rhymes the others did a phenomenal job pumping up the crowd. Overall the group looked incredibly comfortable in front of the sea of fans bumping with them. They exceeded the stage presence expected from rappers who have been performing for over 20 years.
Dylan Fair, a junior at DU and lifelong Wu-Tang fan said that the crowd really lost it during the intro of the song Method Man.
“Once that distinctive ‘M-E-T-H-O-D MAAAAN’ came over the sound system it felt like there was an earthquake,” Fair said “I never got to see them in their prime, but damn was this close.”
The rappers seemed to be into the legalized weed scene in Colorado and took the opportunity to announce their new sponsored strain of weed produced by the Colorado based dispensary chain Native Roots. Raekwon assured all of us fans that it would only be the highest quality of marijuana, stating that Wu Tang would smoke nothing less.
One moment that stood out in particular was when the members took a moment of silence for their fallen brother Ol’ Dirty Bastard (ODB). They performed one of the late rappers songs and let it be known he is still close to their hearts.
Near the end of the set the trio of rappers gave the crowd what they wanted, a good filling of songs off of their original album “Enter the Wu-Tang-Clan- 36 Chambers”.
Red man expressed love for the day one fans and vowed to save the best for last, for those that chose to stay the entire set.
Just after this they let loose “C.R.E.A.M.” My personal favorite Wu-Tang song, followed directly with a ruckus rendition of “Wu-Tang Ain’t nothin’ to F*uck With” which nearly crumbled Red Rocks.
After what seemed like an eternity on stage Red Man, Method Man and Raekwon ended with an unexpected yet crowd riveting cover of The Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight”. The throwback funky beat went along seamlessly with the group’s hard, project driven voices that have made them such a success.
The original Wu-Tang songs capped off with a 80’s cover left the audience in awe, which was evident by the silence of the lines heading out of the venue. No one needed to talk because they were still trying to process one of the greatest rap shows Red Rock’s has ever hosted.
MFJS Spring 2016 Reporter