Recap: Ghostface Killah @ House Of Blues SD

Roster: Ghostface Killah, Free Murda, Tyla Yaweh, Ric Scales, Killah Priest

House of Blues San Diego


Maria Yegorova

It always pays off to get to the show as early as possible because you get to appreciate the most vulnerable artists of the night – the opening acts. These acts tend to put their heart and soul into their performances and in many cases are the most passionate performers of the night. The show opened with DJ Bar1ne who killed it on the ones-and-twos, keeping the crowd turned up all night with solid selections of eclectic 90s hip-hop classics. At one point, while spinning Dr. Dre’s “Forgot About Dre”, he challenged anyone in the audience to step up to the stage and recite Eminem’s verse to the track verbatim. Within a split second, someone was up for the challenge and jumped up on stage spitting the verse with the utmost confidence and precision; so much so that it was almost hard to believe that it wasn’t staged. The moment was authentic without a doubt and somewhat nostalgic to the days when hip-hop was so much more genuine and candid.


Tyla Yaweh was the first opening act. This kid had so much energy that in the middle of his set he jumped off stage into the crowd and continued spitting bars despite a slight by the DJ during one of his songs and distractions from the audience. One of the other guest performers that stole the show momentarily was a local emcee that goes by the name Ric Scales. Definitely check him out if you haven’t heard of him yet.


The last opening act was Free Murda. Unfortunately, the crowd wasn’t too thrilled with their performance but I think this was largely due to that fact that the anticipation for Ghostface was starting to reach its threshold and some members of the audience went as far as booing and throwing bottle caps at the artists. Personally, I enjoyed them and appreciated their stage hustle.   


This absolutely set the perfect vibe for the headliner – Ghostface Killah aka Tony Starks, one of the original members of the Wu-Tang Clan. With the largest catalog out of the clan, his twelve studio albums showcase his imaginative and unique writing which has earned him critical acclaim as one of the greatest emcees of all time. The man is truly a legend and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Ghostface perform live in the past and per usual the man did not disappoint on Friday either. Accompanied by a common Wu-Tang affiliate, Killah Priest, Ghostface continues to exude strong stage presence and taking out emcees with his unprecedented lyrical sorcery. The fans were in awe of Ghostface. Some showgoers even brought his records in hopes of getting them autographed. Unfortunately however, Wu-Tang is no longer for the children given the fact that the average age at the show was certainly in the late twenties to mid-thirties. Nonetheless, Wu-Tang is forever and Ghostface will without a doubt go down in history as one of the illest emcee in the history of hip-hop.


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