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Like a Chicago Winter, The Wu-Tang Ain't Nothing to Fuck With

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 14, 2007 4:50PM

2007_12_wutang.jpgSure, you may be hungry like the wolf for the Duran Duran show tonight (get it? Hungry like the wolf? Duran Duran? No? Nothing?), but the big show we're excited about this weekend is taking place at The Metro Saturday night. Hip-hop legends The Wu-Tang Clan hit the stage in support of their new record, The 8 Diagrams, their first record since 2001's Iron Flag and since the 2004 death of ubiquitous member Ol' Dirty Bastard (RIP).

And given the current state of affairs within Wu nation, it may be a while before we see them again. Raekwon and Ghostface Killah have both recently voiced their disapproval of RZA's production of the new record, and Ghostface decided to make a symbolic gesture by releasing his new record, The Big Doe Rehab, on the same day the new Wu record dropped. Who says internal strife is just for Illinois politics?

We happen to think the record is pretty terrific (especially songs "Rushing Elephants" and "Windmill") and with all this tension, we smell a face-melting set from one of the best hip-hop acts we've ever had the joy hearing. Don't let the predicted dose of snow scare you off.

While we've always known that Wu-Tang is for the children, we're pleasantly surprised to see that Wu-Tang is clued into the Windy City scene. Opening acts are local Molemen Records performers Decay and Astonish. DJ Intel also spins a set.

The Wu-Tang Clan plays the Metro on December 15, 9 p.m., $42 advance, $45 door, 18+

Thanks, Marcus!