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5,000 dolla dolla bills and other numbers from Wu-Tang Clan in Vegas

September 18, Brooklyn Bowl

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Even without ODB or Method Man, the Clan brought Da Ruckus.
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Chris Bitonti

5,000: Dolla dolla bills bet between Raekwon and RZA over whether a random crowd member could rap at least 80 percent of “Protect Ya Neck.” She did, giving RZA the win.

100: Minutes performed by the grandmasters. In typical Wu fashion the set combined the Clan’s best tracks, plus solo cuts from various members.

21: Years since the group’s game-changing debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), was released. Favorites from the album, like “Bring Da Ruckus,” “Shame on a Ni**a,” and “C.R.E.A.M.,” remain highlights of their live performance.

Champagne and clothing rained on the crowd during Wu-Tang's set at Brooklyn Bowl.

Champagne and clothing rained on the crowd during Wu-Tang's set at Brooklyn Bowl.

11: Times the group asked the fervent crowd to hold its hands up in a “W.”

8: Wu-Tang members and affiliate Killa Bees onstage. While Method Man was not in attendance, it felt momentous to catch The RZA, who lead the onstage activity for most of the evening, alongside GZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and the other fellas.

5: Articles of Wu clothing thrown into the crowd: two shirts, two shoes and a hat, just a pair of pants away from a new outfit for one lucky fan.

4: Champagne bottles sprayed into the audience by the group.

3: Ol’ Dirty Bastard solo tracks performed in tribute to the late rapper. It’s nearly impossible to re-create ODB’s unique voice and wild delivery, but the guys did the late rapper justice, sharing the mic for “Got Your Money,” “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” and “Brooklyn Zoo.”

1: Article of merch for sale at the booth. Though Wu-Tang has always been associated with corporation-level branding of their trademark “W” on everything from underwear to bicycles, the group offered only a T-shirt style for purchase, celebrating forthcoming album A Better Tomorrow.

0: Still, Wu-Tang Clans you should f*ck with.

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