Founder member of Wu-Tang Clan makes rare performance at iconic venue
Wu-Tang Clan member Dennis ‘Ghostface Killah’ Cole headlined the second night in Converse’s ‘Get Dirty’ series, last night (April 18) – playing to a packed 100 Club in London.
A rare live appearance for the Staten Islander, Cole arrived on stage at 10.15pm to much fanfare, before diving into opener ‘Comin For Your Head’ and ‘Wild Out’ – tracks from his collaborative project with D-Block – Wu Block. Although light on material from the rapper’s new album, the rampant set encompassed over 30 different tracks in just over 60 minutes, with the renowned DJ Technician manning the decks for a late-stage 10-track medley.
The set also featured a short cover of Notorious BIG’S ‘Hypnotize’, an instrumental version of Puff Daddy’s ‘It’s All About The Benjamins’ and tracks from Wu-Tang’s back catalogue, including ‘CREAM’, ‘4th Chamber’ and Old Dirty Bastard’s ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’.
During Wu-Tang’s ‘Protect Ya Neck’ two members of the crowd were invited on stage for a rap battle, with the crowd encouraged to adjudicate by either screaming their approval or booing.
Instructed to wrap it up due to the venue’s noise curfew, Cole finished the set with the Wu’s ‘I Wish You Were Here’, urging the crowd to “raise their peace signs”.
Doom (formerly MF Doom), who appears on Cole’s newly released 10th solo album ‘Twelve Reasons To Die’, filled the support slot. Dressed in his signature chrome mask, the leftfield-rap artist intersected airings of his tracks ‘Kon Karne’, ‘Hoe Cakes’ and tracks from his collaborative album with producer Madlib, ‘Madvilliany’.
The Converse ‘Get Dirty’ series concludes tonight with Gallows.