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Liquid Swords
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Legend Of The Liquid Sword by Gza/Gen...
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Liquid Swords by GZA/Genius
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Beneath the Surface by Gza, Genius (1...
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Grandmasters
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Pro Tools Instrumentals
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Words From The Genius, Vol. 1
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GZA/Genius - Knock Knock - 12" Vinyl ...
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GZA/Genius at Oakland, CA in The New Parish 2024
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Fan Reviews

CDHead
April 20th 2024
One of the best shows I’ve ever been to. GZA is a machine. Shout out the homie who played chess against him while he performed lmaoo
Oakland, CA@
The New Parish
Tanja
March 9th 2024
I loved the Phunky Nomads!
Haarlem, Netherlands@
Patronaat
Steve
March 7th 2024
It was a great show. The Funky Nomades nailed it! Gza slammed some Wu Tang tunes and came back for "one more song". Wu-Tang Forever!
Vienna, Austria@
Flex
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About GZA/Genius

GZA (pronounced Jizza), aka The Genius, born Gary Grice August 22, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York City is an American rapper. He is most well known as a founding member of the seminal hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. In addition to appearing on all the Wu-Tang Clan albums he has released five solo albums and has appeared on many other clanmates' solo releases.

Born in Brooklyn, GZA spent his childhood living with various groups of relatives in the other New York boroughs. During this time began to visit the Soundview Projects in the Bronx where he became fascinated with hip hop. Influenced by the early MC's of the time he began to write his own rhymes.

Also sharing his interest in hip-hop were his cousins Robert Diggs and Russel Jones. The three performed together as the group All In Together Now with Grice going under the alias The Genius; Diggs and Jones performed as The Scientist and The Professor respectively. After gaining some notoriety in the underground GZA and Diggs were signed as solo artists. GZA managed to ink a deal with legendary hip-hop label Cold Chillin Records. In 1990 GZA relased his debut album Words from the Genius on the label.

The album was produced by Easy Mo Bee and was heavily influenced by the style of Cold Chillin at the time, who wanted to make GZA a commercially viable artist like Big Daddy Kane. However critical reception for the album was lukewarm at best and sales were disappointing. Eventually GZA was dropped from the label. GZA's experience with Cold Chillin was shared with Diggs' experience at Tommy Boy Records who only managed to put out an EP under the alias Prince Rakeem.

Disillusioned with the recording industry GZA and Diggs got back together with Jones and decided that they would make the music they wanted and get to the top of the business their own way. Calling themselves the Wu-Tang Clan after a group of ancient Chinese warriors they saw in old-school Kung-Fu movies, the trio brought together the most talented MCs in the New York underground and began making music. It was at the this time that GZA took up that moniker which comes from the sound made when the word "Genius" is scratched by a DJ on a record. Also Diggs became known as RZA (Rakeem scratched) and Jones Ol' Dirty Bastard, after a character in one of the Kung-Fu movies so influential to the group.

The group debuted in 1993 and their album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) took the music business by storm. Produced entirely by RZA, it was like nothing that had ever been heard at the time. GZA was featured throughout the album and only one of two members to a solo track. The whole album was hailed by critics as a masterpiece, and GZA was touted as the greatest lyricist of the group.

Building off of that success GZA signed a new deal with Geffen Records and in 1995 released Liquid Swords. Again produced entirely by RZA and featuring a plethora of guest appearances from his fellow Clanmate's the album was lauded by critics as a hip-hop classic and was certified gold by the RIAA. The album took the dark, foreboding atmosphere found in previous Clan releases to a whole new level and GZA's lyrics are still considered some of the sharpest ever, with vicious battle raps, mind-bending word-play and rich visuals. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source Magazine's 100 Best Rap Albums.

After appearing on the Wu-Tang Clan's second album, Wu-Tang Forever, GZA released Beneath the Surface in 1999. Reviews were mostly positive however it failed to live up to Liquid Swords acclaim and commercial success. Critics pointed to production as the albums main weakness, noting a distinct lack of RZA produced tracks, resulting a messy collage of beats rather than a cohesive sound. There were also complaints about the needless skits and the vast number of guest spots which allowed little time for the GZA to actually rap.

GZA laid low for the next few years, only appearing on the Wu-Tang Clan albums The W and Iron Flag. However in 2002 he dropped Legend of the Liquid Sword. The album was received well by critics, with some hailing it as GZA's return to Liquid Swords form, but with most agreeing it was an improvement on it's predecessor. The production was superior and there was less guest appearances. However the album lacked commercial success and failed to gold as his previous two releases had.

GZA spent most of 2004 touring both solo and with the Clan. He also made an appearance with RZA in Jim Jarmusch's film Coffee & Cigarettes opposite Bill Murray. In 2005 GZA and DJ Muggs (the producer for Cypress Hill) released the LP Grandmasters. Muggs provided all the beats for the album which saw GZA using chess as a metahpor for the rap game, exercising his story-telling muscle and commenting on his place as a senior member in the hip-hop community. The album received overwhelmingly positive reviews and decent commercial success.

2005 also saw GZA ink a deal with indie label Babygrande Records to release a new GZA LP. The album was originally scheduled to drop sometime in October 2006, but since that time there is no word when it will be released. The album has been referred to at various time as The GZA Presents..., Return of the Genius and More Words from the Genius. GZA will also be featured heavily on fellow Clansmen Raekwon's new CD the highly anticipated Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II. It is speculated that he will have the co-starring role similar to Ghostface Killah's in the original Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.
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Hip Hop

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Live Photos of GZA/Genius

GZA/Genius at Oakland, CA in The New Parish 2024
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Merch (ad)

Liquid Swords
$13.17
Pro Tools
$13.25
Legend Of The Liquid Sword by Gza/Gen...
$55.78
Liquid Swords by GZA/Genius
$26.98
Beneath the Surface by Gza, Genius (1...
$59.19
GZA (Rap) - Liquid Swords [LP] (Vinyl...
$64.95
Grandmasters
$15.10
Pro Tools Instrumentals
$17.00
Words From The Genius, Vol. 1
$138.83
GZA/Genius - Knock Knock - 12" Vinyl ...
$249.00
GZA/Genius's tour

Fan Reviews

CDHead
April 20th 2024
One of the best shows I’ve ever been to. GZA is a machine. Shout out the homie who played chess against him while he performed lmaoo
Oakland, CA@
The New Parish
Tanja
March 9th 2024
I loved the Phunky Nomads!
Haarlem, Netherlands@
Patronaat
Steve
March 7th 2024
It was a great show. The Funky Nomades nailed it! Gza slammed some Wu Tang tunes and came back for "one more song". Wu-Tang Forever!
Vienna, Austria@
Flex
View More Fan Reviews

About GZA/Genius

GZA (pronounced Jizza), aka The Genius, born Gary Grice August 22, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York City is an American rapper. He is most well known as a founding member of the seminal hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. In addition to appearing on all the Wu-Tang Clan albums he has released five solo albums and has appeared on many other clanmates' solo releases.

Born in Brooklyn, GZA spent his childhood living with various groups of relatives in the other New York boroughs. During this time began to visit the Soundview Projects in the Bronx where he became fascinated with hip hop. Influenced by the early MC's of the time he began to write his own rhymes.

Also sharing his interest in hip-hop were his cousins Robert Diggs and Russel Jones. The three performed together as the group All In Together Now with Grice going under the alias The Genius; Diggs and Jones performed as The Scientist and The Professor respectively. After gaining some notoriety in the underground GZA and Diggs were signed as solo artists. GZA managed to ink a deal with legendary hip-hop label Cold Chillin Records. In 1990 GZA relased his debut album Words from the Genius on the label.

The album was produced by Easy Mo Bee and was heavily influenced by the style of Cold Chillin at the time, who wanted to make GZA a commercially viable artist like Big Daddy Kane. However critical reception for the album was lukewarm at best and sales were disappointing. Eventually GZA was dropped from the label. GZA's experience with Cold Chillin was shared with Diggs' experience at Tommy Boy Records who only managed to put out an EP under the alias Prince Rakeem.

Disillusioned with the recording industry GZA and Diggs got back together with Jones and decided that they would make the music they wanted and get to the top of the business their own way. Calling themselves the Wu-Tang Clan after a group of ancient Chinese warriors they saw in old-school Kung-Fu movies, the trio brought together the most talented MCs in the New York underground and began making music. It was at the this time that GZA took up that moniker which comes from the sound made when the word "Genius" is scratched by a DJ on a record. Also Diggs became known as RZA (Rakeem scratched) and Jones Ol' Dirty Bastard, after a character in one of the Kung-Fu movies so influential to the group.

The group debuted in 1993 and their album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) took the music business by storm. Produced entirely by RZA, it was like nothing that had ever been heard at the time. GZA was featured throughout the album and only one of two members to a solo track. The whole album was hailed by critics as a masterpiece, and GZA was touted as the greatest lyricist of the group.

Building off of that success GZA signed a new deal with Geffen Records and in 1995 released Liquid Swords. Again produced entirely by RZA and featuring a plethora of guest appearances from his fellow Clanmate's the album was lauded by critics as a hip-hop classic and was certified gold by the RIAA. The album took the dark, foreboding atmosphere found in previous Clan releases to a whole new level and GZA's lyrics are still considered some of the sharpest ever, with vicious battle raps, mind-bending word-play and rich visuals. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source Magazine's 100 Best Rap Albums.

After appearing on the Wu-Tang Clan's second album, Wu-Tang Forever, GZA released Beneath the Surface in 1999. Reviews were mostly positive however it failed to live up to Liquid Swords acclaim and commercial success. Critics pointed to production as the albums main weakness, noting a distinct lack of RZA produced tracks, resulting a messy collage of beats rather than a cohesive sound. There were also complaints about the needless skits and the vast number of guest spots which allowed little time for the GZA to actually rap.

GZA laid low for the next few years, only appearing on the Wu-Tang Clan albums The W and Iron Flag. However in 2002 he dropped Legend of the Liquid Sword. The album was received well by critics, with some hailing it as GZA's return to Liquid Swords form, but with most agreeing it was an improvement on it's predecessor. The production was superior and there was less guest appearances. However the album lacked commercial success and failed to gold as his previous two releases had.

GZA spent most of 2004 touring both solo and with the Clan. He also made an appearance with RZA in Jim Jarmusch's film Coffee & Cigarettes opposite Bill Murray. In 2005 GZA and DJ Muggs (the producer for Cypress Hill) released the LP Grandmasters. Muggs provided all the beats for the album which saw GZA using chess as a metahpor for the rap game, exercising his story-telling muscle and commenting on his place as a senior member in the hip-hop community. The album received overwhelmingly positive reviews and decent commercial success.

2005 also saw GZA ink a deal with indie label Babygrande Records to release a new GZA LP. The album was originally scheduled to drop sometime in October 2006, but since that time there is no word when it will be released. The album has been referred to at various time as The GZA Presents..., Return of the Genius and More Words from the Genius. GZA will also be featured heavily on fellow Clansmen Raekwon's new CD the highly anticipated Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II. It is speculated that he will have the co-starring role similar to Ghostface Killah's in the original Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.
Show More
Genres:
Hip Hop

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