Jul 5, 2014

Ghostface Killah

Almost everything I needed to stop me from going to the last Ghostface Killah Montreal show in had been in place.

As stubborn as I am and devoted to the idea of catching a live Ghostface Killah show, how could I stay optimistic with those cold facts facing me?

On the Saturday prior to the concert, I walked by a vacant lot where a Plateau building once stood. The only thing standing among the rubble and debris was a makeshift wooden sign post holding the poster below. I stood and watched the poster for a little while. In retrospect, the lone poster placed there was a metaphor for my opinion about hip hop. As much as hip hop’s pretty much destroyed today, I do continue to check for Ghostface Killah. If I had to take the risk of a rapper not showing up after I paid money for the ticket, it would be for Ghostface Killah. If the show did happen and I sat it out, would I be pissed? My mind was made up. I was going to Club Soda that night.

I wasn’t reassured that I would see Ghostface Killah even after having bought my ticket. The only thing I took comfort in was knowing where to go for a refund if indeed there was a no-show.

The concert fell on a Sunday, of all nights of the week, meaning I would lose sleep for the following Monday morning. I headed to Club Soda and arrived minutes before the headliner was to take centre stage.

No one was more relieved to see Ghostface stomp on stage than this blogger. In jubilation and relief, I took to Twitter to announce he was indeed in Montreal that night.

An early highlight of the show was when Ghostface Killah performed Child’s Play, the sentimental favourite track from Supreme Clientele. 

I didn’t expect him to have added that song to his set list and was all the more thankful he did. It appeared I wasn’t the only one who felt that way. The crowd unanimously hoisted their lighters during the beginning bars of the song.

Most of his biggest tracks, including a Cherchez LaGhost minus U-God, were performed.

Special guests Killah Priest and Sheek Louch were welcome additions to the night.

The only drawback of the show, and almost expected, was the duration. At minutes shy of an hour, I almost felt short-changed. That was probably my years, anxieties of not having seen Ghostface Killah live permeating through my body after the show. I gave it some thought and realized I had just seen Ghostface Killah perform in my hometown that night. 

The words classic, hip hop and album were not used often in conversations about music released at the time of its release. Ghostface Killah and gang delivered the more than the goods on the Supreme Clientele album. They laid down the blueprint for other albums to follow.

Wu-Block performed at Montreal's Club Soda in February 2013.

Below are some podcasts to bring you up to speed.  Click here to download them and more.

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The Suite Delight - December 10, 2013 (2):

1. Souls of Mischief - 93 'til Infinity
2. Ghostface Killah - Flowers featuring Raekwon, Method Man & Superb
3. Three Times Dope - I Got It
4. Marley Marl - The Rebel feat. Tragedy
5. Cale Sampson - Reach Up
6. Diamond And The Psychotic Neurotics - Best Kept Secret (The 45 King Remix)
7. Danger Mouse & Jemini - Omega Supreme
8. Too Short - Buy You Some featuring Erick Sermon, MC Breed & Kool-Ace
9. Saukrates - Say I
10. SepTO - In This Town feat. Dan-E-O & Grimace Love
11. Drake - Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2

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