The recent rise of the yee-haw agenda has been blurring the lines between the worlds of country and rap. Artists like Lil Nas X have unintentionally challenged the status quo and forced the industry to recognize that country rap is here to stay. In line with this wave of history in the making, Wu-Tang Clan has become the first hip-hop act to headline at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
According to NPR, the group’s sold-out performance on June 9 for the Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) 25th anniversary show is the first hip-hop concert to be held at the 2300-person capacity venue, also known as the “Mother Church of Country Music.” Ryman Auditorium’s former general manager told NPR that she previously reached out to 50 Cent and Insane Clown Posse when employed at the legendary venue.
“It’s just not intuitive to have necessarily a hip-hop show at the Ryman,” said Eric Holt, a Nashville concert promoter and Belmont University professor. “It’s going to be interesting. I mean, the energy, I think is going to be different.”
Read the full report right here and learn more about the significance of this moment in the latest episode of All Songs Considered below.