Veteran hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan has announced a residency at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, a casino-resort property one mile off the Strip. Wu-Tang’s Old Dirty Bastard once famously said that “Wu-Tang is for the children,” but the group’s new home caters to a more mature audience, with an adults-only “beach” pool, spa, and 24-hour casino gaming. There’s even a retro, cabaret-style burlesque act—Lady Like—in residence alongside Wu-Tang.
On Tuesday, Wu-Tang Clan announced the iconic group would kick off this first-of-its-kind hip-hop residency at The Theatre (Virgin Hotels’ entertainment venue) on Super Bowl weekend.
The Big Game goes down at Allegient Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, on Feb. 11, 2024.
During the Feb. 9 and 10 runup, Wu-Tang Clan: The Saga Continues… The Las Vegas Residency will offer a different kind of tailgate experience.
Wu will then be back in action at The Theatre at VHLV to kick off March Madness on March 22 and 23.
In the announcement, Bobby Reynolds, senior vice president of promoter AEG Presents Las Vegas, called Vegas’ first hip-hop residency a “groundbreaking” development.
We are honored to welcome Wu-Tang Clan to The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas for their historic, first-ever Las Vegas residency.
This is a groundbreaking moment not only for this venue but for Las Vegas as a whole. We look forward to welcoming hip-hop fans from far and wide to experience this group of legendary talents onstage for these exciting shows over two of the biggest weekends in Las Vegas.
Residency a Tribute to Rappers’ Prolific Careers
Wu’s Las Vegas residency comes on the heels of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary year and the group’s biggest-ever tour, which hit sold-out arenas across the globe.
The residency, said the release, is more than a series of concerts; it’s an homage to the artists.
It serves as a tribute to their prolific careers as individuals and as the most storied group in hip-hop history.
Sometimes overused, prolific is an appropriate descriptor in Wu’s case.
Known for hits like C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) and Protect Ya Neck, Wu-Tang Clan first came to be in Staten Island, New York City, in the early 1990s. (ODB made the “Wu-Tang is for the children” statement 25 years ago at the 1998 Grammy Awards.)
Named for the 1983 martial arts film Shaolin and Wu Tang, the group collects an electric mix of artists around RZA’s (Robert Diggs) funky kung fu-inspired production.
In addition to RZA and ODB (1968-2004), Wu-Tang counts GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, and Cappadonna as members.
Since 1992, three of WU-Tang’s eight albums have earned platinum status. The collective’s complete anthology (including solo projects) has over 85 full-length titles.
However, in addition to music makers, Wu-Tang members are successful entrepreneurs and “cultural influencers,” offering fans reading and fashion choices, even video games.
While “every Wu-Tang Clan show is a celebration, residency audiences can expect a “must-attend experience,” said the release.
Further, Wu-Tang’s manager, Tyler Childs, shared the group’s excitement about performing the show with fans.
Wu-Tang Clan continues to break barriers and set the pace for the music business writ large with the first-ever hip-hop residency in Las Vegas. We can’t wait for our fans around the world to come experience RZA’s vision for this show in-person, and we’re so thrilled to partner with our friends from Virgin Hotels to make this dream a reality.
Wu-Math, and a Spicy Vegas New Year
In the release, Wu founding member RZA shared some Wu-Math and said the group is thrilled to spice up the strip in the new year.
Vegas has always served as a hub for art, entertainment, and good times. Wu-Tang is delighted to add our flavor of art and hip-hop into the mix. Virgin + Wu-Tang = Triumph.
RZA also told the New York Times that the residency, meant to elevate the hip-hop genre, was in the works for nearly five years.
Hip-hop is rich in its content and what it offers creatively to an audience…I think the art form has evolved.
With the residency, Wu wants to “put it on flagpoles to show that hip-hop can go where any other art form has gone before,” he said.
RZA added that he hopes the Vegas residency will inspire other rappers to bring their craft to Vegas.
I’m in that spirit of loving where there’s a hub of art and then loving that I — in my talent and the Wu-Tang brothers — can add to that hub and, of course, eventually invite more hip-hop artists to come and play in this sandbox with us.
Certainly, the goalposts have moved in recent years, bringing more diversity to historically homogenous places like Vegas, or gambling more generally.
For one, Usher recently wrapped a Vegas R&B residency. Similarly, Jay-Z mixed hip-hop, casinos, and philanthropy recently for a fundraiser in Atlantic City, and is lobbying to bring a commercial casino to New York.
Tickets for Wu-Tang’s February and March performances go on sale on Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. PT. Meanwhile, ticket presale code CREAM went live on Dec. 12 for eager beavers.
According to the New York Times, more residency dates are forthcoming. Bonus attempted to verify that with the venue and promoter but has not received confirmation.