Wu-Tang Clan's exclusive Aussie shows
A quarter of a century since the release of one of hip-hop’s most defining albums of all time, legendary East Coast rap group Wu-Tang Clan will make their Sydney Opera House debut this December, performing two exclusive Australian shows.
Across two raucous nights, all nine members will perform together for the first time in Australia, smashing out their critically-acclaimed debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in full.
Bursting onto the scene in 1993, Wu-Tang Clan brought New York rap pride back into the mainstream, providing an antidote to the West Coast G-Funk domination by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. They became instantly recognisable for their innovative beats, dark lyrics, and unique lexicon.
Led by groundbreaking hip-hop craftsman RZA, they forged a new blueprint for the genre through seminal songs like 'C.R.E.A.M.' and 'Protect Ya Neck', which combined the urban-dystopian reality of 1990s New York with the world of martial arts.
Wu-Tang Clan has since released seven gold and platinum studio releases and sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.
Each member of the unparalleled rap collective simultaneously made their own mark and established successful solo careers. After reuniting in 1997 with the Grammy-nominated sophomore album, Wu Tang Forever, five more albums followed between 2000 to 2014.
In 2016, after six years in the making, the Staten Island collective unconventionally released one copy of the 31 track double album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which sold for seven figures and sent hip hop into realms usually reserved for contemporary art.
This December, RZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, GZA and Cappadonna will electrify Australian audiences and show why 25 years on, Wu-Tang Clan remain the true game changers of hip-hop. Offering audiences a 360° view in the Concert Hall, together they will play their iconic 12 track album that opened doors for Nas, Biggie and radically influenced contemporary artists like Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar.
Wu-Tang Clan are at Sydney Opera House on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December.