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

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"Throw up your Ws!" Ghostface demanded. "Everybody! Now! Ws!"

The mob followed the Killah's orders. But he still asked, joking, "What the fuck? You tired? If 'I Can't Sleep,' you can't sleep."

It was 3:08 a.m., but that woke 'em up, and he and Sheek slipped into that Wu crew insomniac nightmare. "Feds jumping out their jeeps, I can't go to sleep
Babies with flies on they cheeks, it's hard to go to sleep

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Shit had gotten contemplative and dark for a minute.

But then Raekwon the Chef crashed the motherfuckin' party. And the whole place went giddy.

He was already in town to headline the official Wu-Tang 20th anniversary exhibition at the Delano. But the mob was shocked, throwing frenzied Ws and shouting, "Cheffffff!"

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He and Ghost ran through Cuban Linx's "Incarcerated Scarfaces" and "Verbal Intercourse," with a detour into Rae's "Marble Cake" freestyle and "Can It All Be So Simple" off Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

They honored lost homie, Ol' Dirty Bastard, shouting "Rest in peace, ODB!" and doing some "Shimmy Shimmy Ya." Then they busted out a string of 36 Chamber essentials: "Protect Ya Neck," "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta Fuck Wit," "C.R.E.A.M."

"Y'all niggas is a live fuckin' crowd," the Chef laughed.

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After almost an hour, Ghosface needed a break. He snickered, "Lemme get a Red Bull up in here."

But then the Killah decided it'd be more invigorating to pull up some females. And so, Sheek started the recruiting process, "Let's get some ladies up here," drafting all sizes, shapes, and races for "some romantic shit" like "Good Love" and "Ryde or Die, Bitch."

Then ... It was time for a piano-skillz showdown.

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Ghost showing off his air-piano chops.

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By this time, the mayhem had slowed to a goofy simmer.

Ghostface and Sheek faced off in a mock keyboard battle, trading off verses from songs that prominently featured pianos. They jokingly described the next part of the night as the "medley moment." And they asked the DJ to just try to stump 'em.

"You motherfuckers could do this all night," Raekwon laughed, shaking his head. "And morning."

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It was 3:53 now. Closing time was upon us.

The drinks were done. And the smokes had burned out. And the Killah and crew were ready to make their escape.

"OK, OK, OK, they about to turn out the lights in this bitch!" Ghostface cackled, throwing a goodbye W.

"We out!"

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The Stage

170 NE 38th St., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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