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Wu-Tang Clan: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Angus Batey, The Guardian, 17 July 2008

THE MOMENT WHERE IT ALL CLICKS INTO PLACE for the Wu-Tang Clan comes about halfway through their rambunctious, chaotic and uncommonly exciting 70 minutes on stage. It is not unusual to hear concert-goers singing along to hit songs, but generally the words are short and simple. Hearing 1,500 people bellowing the opening lines of the Clan's 1997 single, 'Triumph' — "I bomb atomically/ Socrates' philosophies and hypotheses/ Can't define how I be droppin' these mockeries/ Lyrically perform armed robbery" — it is clear that something rather special is afoot.

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