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Ghostface Killah at the Rickshaw Theatre

Monday 13th, March 2017 / 13:43

By Molly Randhawa

Ghostface Killah photo by Galen Robinson-Exo

February 27th, 2017

VANCOUVER – Let me start off by saying that the Wu-Tang Clan has been one of my favourite hip-hop groups growing up. “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” came out 6 months after I was born, and it was one of those albums that I grew up listening to. From the lisp-y raps of Method Man, the grittiness of RZA’s production, and ODB’s recklessness, I will forever remain a fan of the clan. However, seeing Ghostface Killah perform live at the Rickshaw Theatre on Monday night really cut me deep.

Ghostface Killah photo by Galen Robinson-Exo

I walked into the venue around 9PM and quickly realized that I was one of the awkward early-birds at the show. Kash Honey had just started her set while the room was still nearly empty. People started trickling in around 9:45, and quickly after, The People North West performed their set. Having never seen them before, I wasn’t sure what to expect but their energy radiated through their performance. The crowd on the other hand was a little too low energy for the charismatic local rappers.

The People North West photo by Galen Robinson-Exo

On top of being over a half hour late, there seemed to be technical difficulties with the production which delayed the show even longer. Their Edmonton affiliate took the stage to spit a verse while everything was being sorted out. While it makes sense that he was trying to hype up the crowd that was slowly losing interest, it seemed forced and disorganized.

Ghostface Killah photo by Galen Robinson-Exo

After figuring out what was wrong with the sound, Ghostface appeared on stage alongside Killah Priest, J-Love, and aforementioned Edmonton affiliate. Expecting more from the show as a fan and as a lover of hip hop, Ghostface and co. performed a dull performance that lacked depth and more importantly, interest. To add on top of the general disarray of the evening, Killah Priest’s attempt to rap the first verse of the 1997 track “Triumph” was truly disappointing. After rapping the first six bars of Method Man’s verse, he seemed to forget the rest or was out of breath while Ghostface was gesturing for him to keep going.

Ghostface Killah photo by Galen Robinson-Exo

Their whole entourage seemed bored, uninterested, and quite frankly, lazy. Ghostface heavily relied on the use of backtracks; ad-libbing to his world-famous tracks instead of putting in the work to perform an authentic show. For some, seeing a member of the Wu-Tang Clan is a novelty but for Ghostface Killah, it was clear that novelty has worn off.

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