Basel 2013: Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and Sheek Louch Turn Up Till Closing Time

Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

Ghostface Killah
With secret guest Raekwon
Plus Tha Lox's Sheek Louch
DJs Heron, Self Born, Klassik, and Exes
The Stage Miami
Friday, December 6, 2013

There were patdowns at the door. And a bouncer forewarned "tonight's a different crowd."

On Thursday, De La Soul's Maseo, Dave, and Pos did Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 at The Stage Miami. And it was all 'bout positive old-school vibes and that "real hip-hop."

But last night, Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah was up in the Design District's best club, looking to cause some Basel mayhem. Would there be violence, mutilation, riots?

Nope. Despite security's high-alert status, the club being a sweaty mob scene, and Ghost not going on till 2:43 a.m., there weren't any injuries. And the allegedly gangsta crowd got nothing but happy and high. And a full-show surprise cameo from Wu-Tang's Raekwon.

See also: Basel 2013: De La Soul Throws a House Party for "Everybody Who's 'Bout Real Hip-Hop"

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DJ Heron, keeping the peace.

Still, after almost five hours from The Stage's Beats & Rhymes Fridays crew -- Heron, Self Born, Klassik, and Exes -- and even a short tutorial on turntablism from DJ Scratch Academy's head instructor, Immortal, the mob started to get restless.

Edgy fans chanted, "Ghostface! Ghostface! Ghostface! Ghostface! Ghostface!" And when that didn't conjure the Killah, they started writing whiny tweets ("Ghost, where are you?! I gotta catch my fliiiiiight...") that scrolled across flat-screen TVs around the club.

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For real, though, there was no reason to bitch.

Within minutes, Ghostface's DJ got on the decks. He hyped the Killah's imminent arrival. And he teased the audience about a "superspecial guest."

The mob restarted its "Ghostface! Ghostface! Ghostface!" chant. And well, it actually worked.

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The Killah stalked 'round The Stage. And the mob screamed.

He scooped up a few verses, "French-vanilla, butter-pecan, chocolate-deluxe," from "Ice Cream," tossing out a hint about the possible identity of that "superspecial guest."

And then he leaned into some Lox stuff with his Wu-Block collaborator, Sheek Louch.

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Tha Lox's Sheek Louch: "My whole clique 'bout it, 'bout it."

"Roll that shit, light that shit, smoke it!"

The club clouded up with Swisher and weed smoke as Ghost and Sheek went fast and hard on classic Lox cuts like "Wild Out" and "Money, Power & Respect."

"First you get the money," the whole place recited with the Killah, Louch, and a pre-recorded Lil Kim. "Then you get the muthafuckin' power. After you get the fuckin' power, muthafuckas will respect you."

Location Info


The Stage

170 NE 38th St., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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