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About last night: Ghostface at the Paradise

Ghostface, Tony Starks, Theodore, Ironman, Pretty Tony -- the man's got as many aliases as he's got quality albums on his resume. His latest effort, Fishscale (Def Jam), shines a sheen not seen since Supreme Clientele, so when he rolled up to the Paradise last night the crowd was amped for his "hot like pasta" delivery. And Tone didn't disappoint. Ghost's hand-picked protégé, Trife Da God (whose duo release with Ghost last year, Put It On The Line, is not to be slept on) opened the set for the Iron one, bouncing around the stage, dropping verses, getting the crowd set for Ghost's glorious entrance. At which point I was picturing dude was gonna run up on stage like a defending champ, pimped out in a velour over-sized boxing robe with a Wu emblem stitched on the back, as we've witnessed in recent 106 & Park appearances. Instead my man was looking more like Payne Stewart with a dope throwback Scottish golf cap. Fashion aside, GFK still acted like a boxer throwing blow after blow, jab after jab with his gift of gab, diverse delivery and abstract verse content. 

Tone was on from the jumpoff: cruisin' round the stage, precise with delivery, all with a tremendous commanding presence. But Ghost was also\nthere to have a good time, as evident when while Trife and other hypers were\nfilling in the gaps vocally, Mr. Starks was literally center stage in his own\nworld, eyes closed, doing a modified Chubby Checker twist.

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First it was joint-to-joint\nhottness, as the (rather unremarkable) dj cued songs to come in one after the\nother in quick succession. The material\nat that point ranged from all over his catalogue, and of course some of his\nmore famous Wu verses. Perhaps the most\nsurprising thing about the concert was that, even though this date was in the\nmiddle of his promo tour for Fishscale, the Wu darling played surprisingly few\ncuts off his new jawn.

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After about 20 solid minutes that\ngot the place sweaty it was time for a break. \nTone cut the music as his personal assistant delivered him a fresh pair\nof out-the-box powder blue Wallaby\'s. To which, Ghost took his time trying on\nthe new kicks. Upon meeting his approval he gave huge a shout out to his Boston\nWallaby connect. [A friend in the\nfootwear industry informed me that the Wally\'s are actually manufactured\nlocally, at Clark\'s in Newton - I had no idea!]

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After a tribute and listening\nsession to what influenced Ghost as a kid, including Marvin Gay, Curtis\nMayfield, and other soul crooners, it was time to pay homage to the\ngone-but-not-never-forgotten ODB. It\ntook two moments of silence to get it right. The first interrupted by anomalous\n"Wu" shouts and "ODB!" chants. \nThis made Tony a bit surely, "I\'m asking y\'all for one thing:\nSilence. ",1] ); //-->  But Ghost was also there to have a good time, as evident when, while Trife and other hypers were filling in the gaps vocally, Mr. Starks was literally center stage in his own world, eyes closed, doing a modified Chubby Checker twist.

First it was joint-to-joint hottness, as the (rather unremarkable) DJ cued songs to come in one after the other in quick succession. The material at that point ranged from all over his catalogue, and of course some of his more famous Wu verses. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the concert was that, even though this date was in the middle of his promo tour for Fishscale, the Wu darling played surprisingly few cuts off his new jawn. [Another of our spotters put the number at exactly one -- OTD.]

After about 20 solid minutes that got the place sweaty it was time for a break. Tone cut the music as his personal assistant delivered him a fresh pair of out-the-box powder blue Wallabys, then Ghost took his time trying on the new kicks. Upon these meeting his approval, he gave huge a shout to his Boston Wallaby connect. [A friend in the footwear industry informed me that the Wally's are actually manufactured locally, at Clark's in Newton -- I had no idea!]

After a tribute and listening session to what influenced Ghost as a kid, including Marvin Gay, Curtis Mayfield, and other soul crooners, it was time to pay homage to the gone-but-not-never-forgotten ODB. It took two moments of silence to get it right. The first interrupted by anomalous "Wu" shouts and "ODB!" chants. This made Tony a bit salty. "I'm asking y'all for one thing: Silence.  \nI need to sense his presence among us." After Ghost\'s pleading, all the lights went out, cell phone\nscreens were held up glowing, lighters were lit up, and a more successful\ntribute to true fam was complete.

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The music\nwas cued up again as the lights returned to the stage, and it was evident from\nthe 36 Chambers instrumental that it was time for a full on Wu-Tang\nretrospective. The dj simply played\nsome of RZA\'s instrumental gems and all the mc\'s put down their mics and the\ncrowd took over, literally screaming the lyrics to all the songs. It was a beautiful thing, being there, in\nthat moment. And then came the\nrealization: it is not just Ghostface, Cappadonna, RZA, GZA, etc., who make up\nthe Wu army, but us, the fans. We push up the flag to stake the claim of our\ncomrades, and last night, the Paradise was our little Iwo Jima.

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-Mac\nCarroll

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\ni guess let me know what you think....?
",1] ); //--> Ten seconds of complete silence. I need to feel that love in the air. I need to sense his presence among us." After Ghost's pleading, all the lights went out, cell phone screens were held up glowing, lighters were lit, and a more successful tribute to true fam was complete.   

The music was cued up again as the lights returned to the stage, and it was evident from the 36 Chambers instrumental that it was time for a full on Wu-Tang retrospective. The DJ simply played some of RZA's instrumental gems and all the MCs put down their mics and the crowd took over, literally screaming the lyrics to all the songs. It was a beautiful thing, being there, in that moment. And then came the realization: it is not just Ghostface, Cappadonna, RZA, GZA, etc., who make up the Wu army, but us, the fans. We push up the flag to stake the claim of our comrades, and last night, the Paradise was our little Iwo Jima.

-- Mac Carroll

(Mac Carroll is one half of the group Big Digits)

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