10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 27, 2002
Wu-tang still dangerous after 10 years
By David Mosse
Daily Arts Writer
tate a certain other famous Motown
star. Not to be outdone, a heavy
metal group called Tri-Tek graced
the stage with their nauseating
brand of "music."
When the first two members of
Almost a decade after they
changed the face of hip-hop with
their groundbreaking debut, the Wu-
Tang Clan continue to
light up audiences
throughout the country.
On Sunday night,
the ruckus to the State
Theater in Detroit and
thrilled the crowd with
old and new material.
State Theater, Detroit
Sunday, March 24
the Wu finally
arrived, GZA and
no other rap group
has achieved such
won, followed by, perhaps the man
most responsible for the success of
the group, RZA. The four alternat-
ed between performing songs from
their various solo albums and their
joint LP's, including the spine-tin-
One member missing-in-action
was Russel Jones, a.k.a. Ol'Dirty
Bastard, who remains locked up in
a federal prison since his July
arrest, following his conviction on
cocaine possession conviction.
Jones was sentenced last April to
two to four years in prison. This
did not stop the crowd from chanti-
ng the initials O.D.B several times
throughout concert, most notice-
ably after the group performed his
hit song, "Shimmy Shimmy Ya"
The evening's most electric
moment came when Method Man
burst onto the stage to the beat of
his classic anthem "Release Yo
Delf." The group's most charismat-
ic star proceeded to rock the State
Theatre with performances of
"M.E.T.H.O.D Man," "Bring the
Pain," and the Grammy award win-
ning, "You're All I Need."
After treating the crowd to a few
more classic numbers from their
extensive catalog, including "Wu-
Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F'Wit"
and "Reunited," the crew got down
to some business, promoting their
latest release, Iron Flag.
Unfortunately, this only served
to illustrate that the Wu-Tang Clan
have lost some of their edge in
recent years. The selection of
songs from their new album, high-
lighted by the current single "Uzi
(Pinky Ring)" and "Rules"-- a
violent message to the perpetrators
of September 11th - failed to
a blend of
Their appearance came not a
minute-too-soon after fans were
forced to sit through two horren-
dous opening acts. First to bore the
crowd was a quartet of local rap-
pers, including a blonde-haired
white male trying his best to imi-
mass appeal as the
Wu-Tang Clan. Since the release of
Enter the 36 Chambers in 1993,
their rambunctious brand of hip-
hop has elevated them to an
As the concert ensued, different
Clan members began to emerge to
the delight of the audience. Third
to make his appearance was Raek-
The Wu, keeping it real every second they're not blowing stuff up.
Courtesy of BMG/RCA
move the audience in the same
manner as their old material. RZA
also performed his new single
"Brooklyn. Babies" from his latest
release, "Digital Bullet."
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Method Expected Typical
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the Clan's prominent members
(minus O'l Dirty Bastard) together
on stage were a welcomed sight for
Wu-Tang fans amid all the rumors
of dissension amongst the group in
the past year and speculation of an
impending break-up. While such
rumors were already squelched by
their appearance at the Source
Awards and the release of a new
album, this latest tour serves as
further proof of their solidarity.
As the night drew to a close and
the various group members
thanked the audience, Raekwon
remarked, "It's been 10 years and
we're still here. Not many groups
can say that.", With the passion and
energy they displayed at the State
Theater, the Wu looks poised to
continue on for another 10 years.
Yet, they will be hard pressed to
duplicate the remarkable success
they have already enjoyed.
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Should any precautions be followed during use of DEPO-PROVERA
During the time you are using DEPO-PROVERA for contraception, you may skip a period, or your
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How often do I get my shot of DEPO-PROVERA Contraceptive Injection?
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