Wu-Tang Clan is reuniting for a series of shows -- dubbed, the Reunion Tour -- with all eight members appearing on one stage. San Diego is the first scheduled stop, making the hip-hop icon's Dec. 4 show a must-see concert.
Equal yet separate, the Wu-Tang Clan negotiated a preposterous recording contract in 1993, which allowed the members to record as a group and pursue solo careers with a label of their choice. The birth of the critically acclaimed album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) produced the monumental hits “C.R.E.A.M.” and “Wu-Tang Clan Aint Nuthing Ta F--- Wit.” The Clan’s second studio album was released in 1997, titled Wu-Tang Forever; the album was highly anticipated and well-received. The remaining three albums, The W, Iron Flag and 8 Diagrams, were solid projects and rounded out the group's discography.
Method Man’s Tical album kicked off the solo projects and subsequently earned him a Grammy award in 1995. Other solo albums released in 1995 were Raekwon’s Only Built for Cuban Linx and GZA’s Liquid Swords; each was extremely successful.
Russell Jones (aka Ol’ Dirty Bastard) released his Return to the 36 Chambers: Dirty Version in 1995 and remains a must-have hip-hop album. O.D.B. died from a drug overdose in 2004, just days shy of his 36th birthday. Never scripted and highly unpredictable, O.D.B. was aberrant and volatile while onstage, delivering his rhymes in an uncanny combination of singing and rapping flow style. Like his lyrics, O.D.B. loved his women raw, as stated on his hit “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.” Offstage, O.D.B. deviated from the social norm, which resulted in legal troubles and incarceration, despite a successful solo career.
Arguably the best hip-hop group of the '90s, the Wu-Tang Clan was ranked No. 7 on MTV’s greatest hip-hop group list, in 2007. 4th & B has a nice sound system that will definitely accommodate RZA's beats. San Diego, dust off your Wu-wings and get ready to spread them for the Clan. Tickets are on sale now, $35 for general admission, and $55 for VIP; the doors open at 8 p.m.