Rae responded by launching into a number of fan favourites from his masterpiece solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... "Ice Cream," though slightly diminished by the absence of Method Man and Ghostface Killah, still got the crowd live as audience members recited every line. The hard drums of "Incarcerated Scarfaces" got the dance floor hopping, while the mellow "Heaven & Hell" had everyone swaying with fists held high.
Raekwon cut the set to eulogize Ol' Dirty Bastard, leading a raucous sing-along to "Shimmy Shimmy Ya." He then went into a few songs from OB4CL2, the pounding keyboards of "Surgical Gloves" stirring up a frenzy. New songs were warmly received as well: the slicing strings and thumping bass of "Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang" shook the room as Rae spun a dizzying web of internal rhymes.
The packed house showed Raekwon the respect he deserves in the frozen north. "Respect to Ottawa, man," Rae said as he stepped off the stage. It was clear the feeling was mutual.