1Xtra will be recording an exclusive Maida Vale Session with the Wu Tang Clan on Tuesday 15th July, featuring all nine members, RZA, GZA, Method Man, Ghostface, Raekwon, Masta Killa, U-God, Inspectah Deck and Street. Semtex will host the session and interview with the full performance on the 1Xtra Hip Hop show on Friday 18th July.
It’s been 14 years since the Wu-Tang Clan took hip hop by the scruff of it’s neck and kicked new life into a stagnating genre. They arrived just as the first flush of gangsta superstars helped shift rap’s centre of gravity from its New York birthplace to the barbecues, swap meets and low-rider cars of sun-kissed Los Angeles, a city on the opposite coast with it’s own distinct style.
Two days before the stars in the sky aligned to give us 070707, eight stars of a different kind aligned themselves to perform at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. Minus off course the irreplaceable Ol’ Dirty Bastard (RIP) and an AWOL Cappadonna. The strange phenomenon of the smoking ban in the bar somehow added to the surreal atmosphere of the event as the buzz in the air was almost palatable.