BBC - Wu-Tang Clan - BBC Glastonbury Festival - 2011

Steve Lamacq

16:00 – 19:00 // In the studio next is Marc Riley

Wed 22nd June – Sun 26th June 2011

Worthy Farm, Pilton

Wu-Tang Clan

The World's Greatest Hip Hop Collective

They created one of the greatest and most influential hip hop albums of all time with 1993’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), and members of the Clan have gone on to produce numerous solo albums.

After Jay-Z (sorry Noel!) and Snoop proved that there is a home for rap at Glastonbury the Clan performed a storming set.

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Set list Powered by Songkick

  • 1.

    Bring Da Ruckus

  • 2.

    Da Mystery of Chess Boxing

  • 3.

    Shame on a N****

  • 4.

    Clan in da Front

  • 5.

    Criminology

  • 6.

    Duel of the Iron Mic

  • 7.

    M.E.T.H.O.D MAN

  • 8.

    Ice Cream

  • 9.

    Liquid Swordz

  • 10.

    That's Gangsta

  • 11.

    No Said Date

  • 12.

    Do You Really? (Thang Thang)

  • 13.

    Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nothin' to F*** Wit

  • 14.

    4th Chamber

  • 15.

    Che Blood

  • 16.

    Grid Iron

  • 17.

    Bring Da Pain

  • 18.

    C.R.E.A.M.

  • 19.

    Shimmy

  • 20.

    Old Man

  • 21.

    Gravel Pit

  • 22.

    Reunited

  • 23.

    Triumph

  • 24.

    Roc Wilder

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    Comment number 1.

    Mmm, top notch acoustics.

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    Comment number 2.

    LOL....what a load of (c)rap! Lets all shout and cus and give everyone a headache!

    Now....if Public Enemy were there, THAT would be worth seeing. Proper rap without the c.

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    Comment number 3.

    Wu Tang Clan massively disappointed me on Friday. I came in not being too familiar with their music except, of course, Gravel Pit; and being a big lover of all music, especially Hip Hop, I was looking forward to seeing what the Clan had to offer.

    What I experienced was neither Hip nor Hopping. It was a collection of barely talented blokes shouting profanities down their microphones whilst cradling their egos. Credit where credit's due though, they did have the crowd eating out of their hands and lapping it up. The music (I use the term music in the loosest possible sense here) was somewhat lacking and not to mention every 60 second blast of repetitive yelling and rapping was brought to a climax with one of the cheesiest explosion/smashing crescendos I've heard this side of 1999...

    In 2013 I'd like to see some genuinely talented Hip Hop artists at Glastonbury. The likes of Jurassic 5 or CunninLynguists, who know how to hold a beat and get people moving their feet!

    I barely dare even mention the "freestyle" skit that took place, which could not have been less "free" or less "stylin'".... Wu Tang Clan was a black spot in an otherwise flawless festival for me. Feel free to disagree and contradict, however. I am speaking pure opinion here.

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    Comment number 4.

    100 percent agree they were so poor it was making me feel angry , not a feeling i ever get at glasto

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    Comment number 5.

    ^^^ I don't think they should be trying to cater to everyone's personal musical tastes.

    I thought they were great although the sound let them down a bit. I expect most people who like the music would have enjoyed the set

    .. but how can someone who lists hiphop as one of their favourite types of music not be familiar with who are arguably the most influential hiphop group of all time?

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    Comment number 6.

    Sorry but these guys should never have got here - there are a lot better bands out there!
    WHO INVITED THEM!

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    Comment number 7.

    I totally disagree, hip-hop isn't my favourite genre by any means but these guys are legends, put out so much energy and the crowd gave it back - it really kicked off Glastonbury for me.

    Whether you appreciate them or not it's a tribute to itself that Glastonbury is showing a wide range of acts, and still suprising people; What's one less indie band to make room for Wu-Tang?

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    Comment number 8.

    Dayve Dayve Dayve (and sigrid, yes you)......for such a 'big lover of all music' and 'especially hip hop' you're clearly either having a spectacular off day, or are extremely high or are just simply the kind of guy who likes to have an overblown opinion about stuff he knows absolutely nothing about. I'm extremely impressed that you managed to name Jurassic 5 and The Cunninlynguists but really just give yourself a big old slap in the mouth because you got that one all kinds of wrong. The Wu are an absolute cornerstone of hip hop and have been essential listening for nearly 2 whole decades, outlasting almost everyone else in the game. Yes, they've had their ups and downs but c'mon, that's a slice of hip hop history right there. Undoubtedly some of the greatest/most memorable production/verses in the history of hip hop have come out of the Wu stable so do your homework before shooting your mouth off. Shame on a Dayve!

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    Comment number 9.

    Haha, okay. You've pretty much hit the nail on the noggin with the "overblown opinion" comment, but I'll continue to divulge in spite of this.

    I appreciate that Wu Tang are some of the oldest players in the game, and without a shadow of a doubt an influence on a great deal of modern day hip hop artists. My quarms are not with their impressive back catalogue or indeed each individual members' solo work (which I am more familiar with). As a fan of the Clan; I can imagine that set was filled with nostalgia and great opportunities to shout along and wave your W's high in the air.

    However, my upset lies in the lack of quality produced on stage at Glastonbury. They definitely did themselves no favours if they were hoping to convert a few thousand more people over to the Wu faith. Their performance was uninspiring to say the least, their Dj cutting and chopping the tunes to destroy any hope of rhythm and seemingly the plan for vocal intonation was overlooked. I couldn't get my wellie groove on! This upsets me.

    So here you say Wu Tang Clan are a cornerstone of hip hop and that this performance was a slice of hip hop history. Shame on me for not doing my homework. I retort by saying shame on you, Master Mack, for basing the crux of your review on what they have done in the past and who they are historically. I am merely stating that this very performance, albeit debatably from hip hop legends, was lacking in pretty much everything I expect of my modern day hip hop

    Bitches, hoes and gats are outdated. People prefer more educated lyrical content nowadays. People would also probably prefer not be addressed by a derogatory racial slur. Especially at a predominantly white festival!! Although, now I am just being arsey!

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    Comment number 10.

    I don't normally comment on websites but reading this i felt strangely compelled to wade in with my two cents for once.

    I was at Glastonbury and saw their performance, and I'm sorry but I'm pretty sure their set did what it said on the tin. They performed their songs in their style and had me, a music fan eating out of the palm of their hand.

    Could the sound have been better? Hell yes, but so could some of the other acts I saw. The chopped up tunes comment is fair, but i have found that to be an American thing. It drove me crazy when i was in NY but that seems to be the way they like it.

    As for the racial slurs, bitches/hoes issue, I think as a fan of the Wu you surely must have known the content of their songs before you went to see them. I, for one, did not go to see them thinking they would rewrite their whole set/back catalogue based around the fact that they were performing at a predominantly white festival where a large portion of the audience is female. I expected them to come and do their thing.

    As a hip hop fans we know that there are different strands in the genre, conscious, gangster etc etc. and i lean towards the more conscious these days myself, but a tune is a tune and most people when they are old enough understand that its performance and not real life for the majority of us. Forgive me if i'm wrong but i don't think that the Wu have ever put themselves under the banner of conscious rap and I was one of those that got my wellie grove on, happy I had an opportunity to see them!

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    Comment number 11.

    I have to say, as a long time Wu Tang fan who saw this performance live at Glastonbury that this was amazing!

    If you don't know about the Wu Tang Clan, you can't claim to know hip hop enough to comment on this video in a negative way. Broaden your minds or narrow your lips.

    This performance was classic

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    Comment number 12.

    Wu Tang Clan are legends, they have a good vibe and it's nice to see some old skool vibes going on. Some people just don't know what they are talking about. WU Tang as already mentioned are one of the most influencial groups ever. I don't even like hiphop / rap but can appreciate a good act when i see them

    Any ideas what the tune in the back ground is 37:00 mins in when they are going clap clap as they close.

    Big in the game

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    Comment number 13.

    they smashed it

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    Comment number 14.

    @wolvebruza i think its jay z thank you

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    Comment number 15.

    Stochastic is the only person commenting here with any clue.
    "neither hip nor hopping" - yep, sounds like you know your stuff sir, "a big lover of hiphop" being unaware of Wu Tang material too? The mind boggles. Some of my favourite hiphop records of all time are featured here, executed with the sort of hype and confidence only artists as influential as Wu Tang dare to flaunt. The sound is clearly an issue but to hear such pivotal music in such a setting must have been extraordinary. I am very, very jealous of those who attended, despite what you thought of it.

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    Comment number 16.

    no offence but it sounds like a someone does not even know who wu tang that someone only knows them by one song and claims that this isn't hip hop. I really doubt a lot of you even know what hip hop is except for judging any form of rap music as real hip hop or not real hip hop. If you don't know what it is don't comment if u do big these guys up thats what rap concerts are like lost boys, coolio pete rock you name it all these guys have and do have concerts like this because that how it is. if you were looking for some extravagant performance with flying monkeys and talking animals then go back to sleep and keep dreaming. I will agree the sound let them down but like i said all the concerts they did in the 90s were bass heavy and the sound some times was crap like this. Just a final word wutang is rap run dmc is rap public enemy is rap not hip hop, hip hop is the movement that rap, bboying, dj-ing and graffiti come under.

 

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