The Wu-Tang Clan is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), and the iconic rap group gathered at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series to commemorate the momentous achievement.
Performing classic singles like “Triumph,” “Protect Ya Neck,” and “C.R.E.A.M,” the 20-minute performance had members RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, U-God, and Cappadonna in attendance, along with Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s son, Young Dirty Bastard who provided a spark of youthful energy.
With their medley of songs backed by strings courtesy of The Green Project, the solid performance showcased the members’ fluid chemistry with Raekwon, Inspectah Deck and Cappadonna trading verses with Masta Killa and U-God, which resembled a traditional hip-hop cypher between the crew.
In addition, RZA served as the DJ, and a notable moment occurs toward the end when RZA raps a portion of “Duck Seazon” from 1997’s Wu-Tang Forever and censored some explicit lyrics while referencing the #MeToo movement.
Enjoy the performance above, and for more, watch the trailer for Wu-Tang Clan’s ’36 Chambers’ documentary below.
Also, to further celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Wu-Tang’s ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers),’ have a listen to old school hip hop classics with OutKast, Run DMC, Fugees, Mobb Deep, Nas, and more in the featured playlist below.