Wu-Tang Clan becomes first hip-hop act to headline at Ryman Auditorium.

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Wu-Tang Clan Performs at The Ryman and Makes History

June 11, 2019

By Cameron Jenkins

Wu-Tang Clan hit the stage and the legendary country music concert venue Ryman Auditorium, Sunday night.

The moment held significance not only as part of the group's 25th anniversary tour, but also as the first time a hip-hop act headlined in the space, according to NPR.

"It's just not intuitive to have necessarily a hip-hop show at the Ryman," Nashville concert promoter Eric Holt told NPR. "The energy, I think is going to be different."

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And it most definitely was.

The sold out concert featured moments of reverence for the space as well as revelation of the impact of hip-hop, the Tennesean reported.

"We bringing hip-hop to a country city right now," said GZA. "And we love country music, and we represent hip-hop, too."

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The group performed a 90-minute set with over a dozen songs.

"There's a lot of great lyricists that come from here. But we're all actually really proud to be performing here, because we are lyricists," RZA said.

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