tbt: Wu-Tang Clan Live on Staten Island 2011

Listen to a throwback live performance by the Wu-Tang Clan courtesy of Red Bull Music Academy Radio.
Wu-Tang Clan at Bonnaroo 2013
Wu-Tang Clan © Catie Laffoon/Red Bull
By Elliott Sharp

All nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan united last week on 'The Daily Show' to talk to Jon Stewart about their upcoming album, 'A Better Tomorrow,' and to perform a new song called 'Ron O'Neal.'

It looks like everyone is getting along, at least for now, and the new album is expected to arrive later this year. Also on the Wu horizon is the mysterious 'Once Upon A Time In Shaolin,' the single-copy collector's item album they said they were offered $5 million for. So keep your eyes open for new Wu.

But first: #tbt

In 2011, Red Bull Music Academy curated a series of events celebrating the best of New York City hip hop. There were public discussions and perfomances by Mobb Deep, Slick Rick, Black Moon and The Diplomats - and they were held across the city in the various boroughs each artist or group represents.

There was one more: the Wu-Tang Clan performed at Eve Ultra Lounge, in Staten Island. The whole clan wasn't present, but Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, GZA, Masta Killa, U-God and Cappadonna rocked the stage.

That night, Ghostface was interviewed by 'Rolling Stone': "You can't really describe the feeling," he said. "This is your hometown, and you love to perform in front of the people. I just hope that the microphone is right and the music is sounding alive, because we feel alive."

The set was very alive, indeed. The Wu pulled out deep classics from '36 Chambers,' as well as cuts from their various solo albums. And RBMA Radio was there to capture it all. Listen to the two-part performance above.

Wu-Tang Forever.

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