Robert Diggs once asked, "How can hip hop be dead if Wu-Tang is forever?" Sure, Diggs is better known as RZA, but the truth is that hip-hop and Wu-Tang Clan are still very much alive, and when they stop by House of Blues on Thursday, January 12, you'll want to see it for yourself.
For those less than die-hard fans, it might be questionable as to why Wu-Tang is still together. But the truth is, they didn't become one of NME's most influential bands of the past decade for sitting around on their ass. Still, it's understandable to find it weird for an aging hip-hop act to return to a city they were at just over a year ago. In essence, this crew is more than just a group of men who have fame and glory, money and girls – although we're sure it doesn't hurt.
Instead, Wu-Tang Clan has always been known for being something more than your average hip-hop act, and for good reason. While many modern artists are too busy gracing the covers of tabloids for their flashy, irresponsible behavior, the eight remaining members of Wu-Tang have made more appearances in movies, TV shows, music videos, and on albums in one month than some artists will make in their entire career. And whether or not you missed Kanye's nearly-three hour Twitter rant last week, you might have forgotten that starting a clothing line, record label and remaining a positive role-model for fans has been the Wu-Tang way for two decades.
Although Wu-Tang Clan is doing a lot of stuff at once, they're still one of music's most under-rated groups still putting out new material. Perhaps modern musical outlets have been stuck in the digital age for too long, but it's no surprise that hip-hop artists don't usually remain relevant for this long. Truth be told, it's nice to see one that has the same longevity and impact on music as that of some key rock bands.
On top of their European tour last year, their current U.S. tour brings them in to be one of Houston's first big events of 2012. They're also currently finishing the unnamed sixth-studio album, which is slated for release in May.
So maybe you didn't get your fix of the group's killer comedic chops from Ghostface Killah's stint on Curb Your Enthusiasm, and perhaps RZA's "The Tao of Wu" wasn't as big a hit at your book club as you wished it would be. They're still Rolling Stone's "biggest rap group ever" for a reason, and we're willing to bet that they'll prove every naysayer wrong when they set foot in town.