The hip-hop legend and seminal member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah, a.k.a. Pretty Tony, a.k.a. Tony Starks, a.k.a. Ironman, took the Prospect Park Bandshell by storm during Saturday night’s Celebrate Brooklyn! concert.
Although he only had 45 minutes on stage, for which he apologized a few times to the crowd of “10,000” fans, he played hip-hop classics off his solo albums like "Ironman," "Supreme Clientele," a bunch of bangers from Wu-Tang Clan.
But, Ghostface wasn’t alone on stage, Cappadonna, the unofficial tenth member of Wu-Tang, took the stage and did a killer rendition of the song “Winter Warz” over Notorious B.I.G.’s “Who Shot Ya” beat.
Sheek Louch also hit the stage and played his verses from The Lox’s various albums.
By 8 p.m., the police cut off the crowd, which Ghostface said was about 10,000 deep, from filling the fenced off area in front of the stage. So, as die hard fans still filled the park surrounding the bandshell, they lined up along the fence to dance and rhyme along with the hip-hop MCs.
But although they were behind the fence, the bass was booming and the lyrics were heard among the leaves in the dark of the night in the park.
Patrick Smith, who was rocking out to Ghostface’s renditions of Wu-Tang Clan songs behind the fence, said it didn’t matter that he was far from the stage.
“I came here to hear the music, not see the artist’s face,” Smith said, who was with his girlfriend and decided not to wait on the line that was about an hour long. “Ghostface is surprising all of us — he’s playing everything.”
As Pretty Tony played a song off The Lox’s album “We Are The Streets” with Sheek Louch, Smith broke it down while yelling, “This s@$t is my jam!”
Matt Spector, who was born in Brooklyn but who has lived in Maine for the past couple of years, was hanging by the back fence with a friend the whole night, singing to the Wu-Tang songs Ghostface played.
“All the Wu stuff he’s been playing has been great,” Spector said. “He sounds really confident on his verses.”
He waited to hear “Kilo” but he never played it.
“I have seen Ghostface five times, and he never has played that song,” Spector said. “It’s my favorite.”
His friend, John Ray from Manhattan, said they waited for an hour on the line, but the cops eventually said it was over capacity.
“It’s still really tight behind the fence,” Ray said. “I can see him rocking the mic perfectly from here, and the sound is awesome.”
Ghostface played “Assasination Day” and "Fish" from his debut solo album “Ironman,” “We Made It” from his second album “Supreme Clientele,” “C.R.E.A.M.” from Wu-Tang Clan’s “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers),” “Protect Ya Neck,” and many other jams.
As Smith said, Ghostface surprised the crowd with songs like his own version of “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and the crowd went wild as he kept it “raw.”
He also played hits off Raekown’s album “Only Built 4 Cuban Linkx” like “Ice Ceam.”
Frank Francis, from Brooklyn, said that this was his sixth Ghost concert.
“This show measures up with any time I’ve seen him and Cappadonna put on a great show,” Francis said.
Near the end of the concert, Jerome Hopkins applauded the crowd for being so peaceful, calm and respectful.
“It was so peaceful, and I think we need to give it up to the fans,” Hopkins said, who came out from Harlem to see the show. “Hip-hop needs more shows like this.”
As for Hopkins favorite song of the night:
“I enjoyed all of them, because I am old school,” he said.