Saturday, May 28, 2011

Jim Jones Massacre

Jim Jones MassacreLatest news about Jim Jones Massacre Update, Reppin' Shaolin like it was 1993, veteran hip-hop titans Raekwon and Ghostface Killah brought the house down Friday night, mixing in rare old-school joints with classic tracks like "C.R.E.A.M." and "Bring Da Ruckus." The release party for the upcoming Wu Massacre album (due out March 30) featured two thirds of the Meth-Ghost-Rae trio, with Method Man unable to make it out. The album is a Wu reunion of sorts, with appearances from former members RZA, Inspectah Deck and Cappadonna.

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To kick off the night, Ghost and Rae threw down some tracks from the early days, with joints from Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…. From the get-go, the show's themes became abundantly clear—represent for New York, celebrate old-school, raw hip-hop, and pass the torch to up-and-comers. Early on in the set, Ghost turned the mike over to young mixtape rappers Grafh and Red CafĂ©. While not exactly the big names usually associated with the Wu, both MCs brought a lot of energy and hit their spots well. As a follow-up, Rae introduced the crowd to a familiar duo, Tek and Steele of Smif N Wessun. They brought some serious heat to the set, highlighted by the classic track "Bucktown," which got everyone in the crowd joining in on the chorus.

The Wu members took center stage once more, raising the energy in the building to a whole new level. Firing off classic after classic, Rae and Ghost performed a great tribute to late group member Ol' Dirty Bastard with "Shimmy Shimmy Ya."

Once more there was a series of unannounced guest appearances, this time featuring someone simply announced as Ghostface's son, Theodore, on a quick track. The last guest rhymer was a welcome surprise, with Jim Jones performing "We Fly High" and "Certified Gangstas"—to the delight of the crowd, as evidenced by the roar of "Balllllllin'" rippling throughout the theater.

Wu returned once more to close out the show, ending the night with the hit single "Triumph." With a night full of '90s gems and some oddly arranged guest sets, the crowd got exactly what it came for: an entertaining, well-performed show full of Wu-Tang classic hits. If anything, this show proved that, as their still-relevant hit track suggests, "Wu-Tang Clan ain't nothin' to fuck wit!"—Alex Edelstein

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