Live Review: RZA at 1015 Folsom
OK, so RZA as Bobby Digital oversold the new album Digi Snacks on Saturday night. It was pretty much a forgone conclusion that most of the crowd was copping the record. If you are a Wu-Tang fan, you know that besides Ghostface, RZA has been the best and most consistent of the Clan.
Looking a little tired after playing in L.A. the night before (my friend went to that show and said the crowd was weak, and RZA hardly played any old stuff) RZA and his crew took the stage and played nine straight tracks from Digi Snacks. The new stuff sounded great, especially “Digi Snacks” and “Booby Trap,” which asks “Would you like a digi or a Scooby snack?” “You Can’t Stop Me Now” closed the set, and had the whole place singing along, arms in the air.
RZA loved the adoration he was getting from the crowd, and felt strangely competitive with it. “You guys think you have energy? (the crowd responded with a collective roar) I have energy!,” he said and screamed into the microphone. It was funny, as were the continual references to Belvedere Vodka who sponsored the tour. “Belvedere has given us a lot of good times!”
RZA was joined on stage by competent rappers, and as another good sign that the crowd was hyped, they continued to make looks at each other like: “they love us!” After a bunch of new material RZA broke out “Fast Cars” from 2003′s underrated classic The Birth of a Prince. The crowd went crazy. Inspired by this, RZA launched into a bunch of tracks from both his solo career and the Wu-Tang Clan, including “Clan in da Front” and his inspired verse on “Ain’t Nothin’ Ta Fuck Wit,” as well as “Reunited” from the double disc Forever. His crew didn’t leave the stage until 1:30 giving the crowd exactly what they wanted, and maybe more than RZA wanted to give “Man, we gave you guys the stadium set! It was supposed to be mostly songs on the new album, but damn!”
- Review submitted by Jeff Bracco.