The crowd in the Sugar Land stadium threw up hands locked together in the Wu-Tang symbol before Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, U God, GZA, Masta Killah, Raekwon, Cappadona, and one new member draped in a red Houston Rockets/Wu Tang mash up T-shirt.
“I hear y’all…but I'm talking about that youthful energy. The energy that come from a youth like YDB,” the group’s leader explained while motioning back to the animated member in the red shirt. A huge black and white photo of the late Old Dirty Bastard flashed across the screen as the chords for the intro to "Brooklyn Zoo" filled the room. The Young Dirty Bastard, or YDB as RZA called him, sprang forward and the room erupted in applause.
The Wu-Tang Clan recently finished the Gods Of Rap tour which had the group performing across Europe with Public Enemy and De La Soul. They almost immediately went from that excursion to touring stateside for the 25 year celebration of their debut album. The group released a four-part documentary on Showtime earlier this year and Wu-Tang: An American Saga, the mini-series based on the group’s beginnings, is currently getting high reviews on Hulu. It’s a busy year for the group whose members have branched into various regions of entertainment and business of the last two decades. They still took the time out to perform in celebration of their debut album being released 25 years ago.
In honor of the album the group performed every song, with RZA introducing group members as their verses came to the stage. The introductions kept the audience guessing, and speculating, as to which members were performing. With a group this large the main concern would be if everybody would be in attendance and The Wu came to Smart Financial with only one member missing.
“My brother Method Man wanted to be here but he’s filming for new movie,” exclaimed RZA to an audience eagerly awaiting the introduction of his song. “We’re sorry he couldn’t be here…but all the smokers out there gonna show love right?”
The video for Method Man played on the screen as clouds of smoke drifted through the air.