As the legendary members of Wu-Tang make their trek one by one to the Detroit Bar stage, you have to wonder if the club's owner, Jon Reiser, made some kind of pact with the devil to get such a great reputation among New York's finest emcee collective. Already the club has hosted GZA (twice) and Cappadonna . Eventually, they should just say fuck it and do a full-on Wu-Tang concert with all nine surviving members.
But tonight offers another jam packed installment for the Wu watchers of OC as Raekwon(aka The Chef) takes the stage for Detroit's monthly La Boite Funk night. With only a month to go until his new album (Only Built For Cuban Linx II) finally drops in September, this stout lyrical master makes his debut in Costa Mesa. For those who know the value of a truly cinematic album, Raekwon's first solo effort, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, is a masterpiece of mafia drenched hip hop imagery with the tongue twisting substance to back it up.
He's also joined tonight by a couple of acts interviewed by yours truly. Second on the bill are the hip hop jam artists of Look Daggers featuring The Mars Volta's Ikey Owens on keys. Last year I got a chance to talk to Owens and his rhyme spitting counter part 2 Mex to get their take on what makes their explosive sound tick. Then of course you've got La Boite Funk regulars Colossal KNXN who you've also read about in our pages recently. This tag team DJ duo is no stranger to performing with the Wu at La Boite. They're also tearing it up on the turntables alongside DJ noMSG for a night of thick beats, fat rhymes and a tasty night with The Chef. Talk about getting you're $20 worth.
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