“OK, so who knows ODB and Method Man’s verses on Protect Ya Neck? We need you up here now,” Ghostface announced to the crowd. “You need to know all of the lyrics though and no drunks, we want to do this properly,” added Priest, and he wasn’t kidding.
The opportunity to perform on stage with hip-hop royalty had every Wu fan wanting a piece, but after two fans got on stage then were asked to leave for being too drunk, this idea was beginning to look like a bad one. “I’m proud to be in Newcastle and I want this to be special for you, that’s why we don’t need drunks, I want you to boo them if they mess up,” declared Ghostface after killing the beat.
Finally, the chosen two were on stage, a woman doing Method Man’s verse and a man doing ODB’s. The girl killed it, sending the crowd crazy and putting the pressure on the remaining fan.
Given the recent Kendrick Lamar fan incident, many in the venue were holding their breath as a white guy prepared to spit a verse with a prevalent ‘N’ bomb in it. Thankfully, he had the presence of mind not to say it and again killed it, leading to Ghostface running through some classic Wu tracks and bringing an end to an incredible night that felt like a celebration of ‘real’ hip-hop.
WORDS: JOHNATHAN RAMSAY
PHOTOS: VICTORIA LING