13th June | Trinity
The Wu-Tang Clan are one of those rare instances in popular music whereby an artist (or group of artists, in this case) can attain a mythological status without passing on to the great unknown (omitting, of course, Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s untimely death in 2004).
Individually ODB, RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, U-God, Inspectah Deck and Masta Killa have arguably never quite reached the game-changing artistic heights that their collective debut, 36 Chambers, so dramatically set in ’93; but that album alone did enough to forever cement them into the historic lifeblood of the genre.
Three years later, Ghostface Killah released Ironman. Featuring the same gritty, kerb-stomping RZA production that gave the Wu-Tang debut its untethered edge, it was a solo debut that crystallised Ghostface’s importance not only to the Clan, but hip-hop as whole.
Fast forward over two decades and eleven albums later, and we have a rapper whose catalogue has covered more ground than most. From smoother, more commercial RnB stylings to straight-up street-noir and everything in-between (even including a BADBADNOTGOOD collab), all pulled off with conviction. Ghostface Killah’s talent is indisputable.
It’s a talent that, thankfully, will be making its way to Bristol next week, as the Trinity Centre plays host to the hip-hop colossus. It is a show that promises to be as enlightening as it does raucous, and Bristol will get to experience a little slice of East Coast street poetry, first-hand.
See the video for ‘Rise of the Ghostface Killah’ here: