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GZA

The Genius, aka the GZA, was the most cerebral MC in the Wu-Tang Clan, as well as perhaps the most acclaimed. His cool, precise flow and intricate, literate rhymes weren't as theatrical as Method Man or Ol' Dirty B**tard, the two biggest commercial stars to spring from the collective. But among hip-hop aficionados, the Genius was revered for his flawless technique and lyrical dexterity, and was considered by many to be the best pure rapper in the entire Clan. The Genius was born Gary Grice on August 22, 1966, in Staten Island, NY, and shuttled between several other New York boroughs with various relatives during his childhood. He started learning rhymes by the earliest hip-hop MCs while spending time in the Bronx, and returned to Staten Island to share them with his cousins, who later became Ol' Dirty B**tard and the RZA. In fact, the three of them first teamed up in the early '80s as part of an obscure group called All in Together Now.

Time passed, and the Genius landed a recording contract with Cold Chillin', which, unfortunately, was nearing the end of its brilliant run. In 1991, he became the only future Wu-Tang member to release a solo album prior to the Clan's formation, with Words From the Genius. Produced mostly by Easy Mo Bee, the album flopped badly and, creatively, did little to hint at the Genius' future standing. Conflicts with the label sent the Genius packing, and he reteamed with a similarly disenchanted RZA (fresh off a failed stint with Tommy Boy) and Ol' Dirty B**tard to co-found the Wu-Tang Clan. Adding six other friends and associates, the group became an underground sensation and took the rap world by storm with its 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Their innovative contract allowed each member to sign a solo deal with whatever label they chose, and the Genius wound up on Geffen. In 1994, his first post-Wu solo track, "I Gotcha Back," appeared on the soundtrack of the film Fresh. His second solo album, Liquid Swords, followed in 1995 and was hailed as a hip-hop classic thanks to its coolly understated menace. While it didn't make him a star on the level of Method Man, the album did sell well, reaching the pop Top Ten and falling one spot short of the top of the R&B charts. There were no big mainstream hits, but the title cut, "Cold World," and "Shadowboxin'" all did well on the rap charts.

Following the Clan's 1997 sophomore set, Wu-Tang Forever, the Genius returned to the solo arena with 1999's Beneath the Surface. While critics didn't praise it quite as lavishly as Liquid Swords, it was another well-received effort (especially compared to some of the lackluster follow-ups elsewhere in the Wu-Tang camp), and it topped the R&B album charts. After reconvening with the Wu for 2000's The W and 2001's Iron Flag, the Genius dropped his fourth solo effort, Legend of the Liquid Sword, in late 2002, consolidating his reputation as one of the most skillful rappers around. Grandmasters, a collaborative project between himself and Cypress Hill DJ Muggs was released in 2005, followed the next year by an instrumental version and then a remix version in 2007. A year later GZA released the solo album Pro Tools on the indie label Babygrande. It featured guest shots from Wu affiliates RZA, Masta Killa, and producer Mathematics. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Only 9600 likes? People don't know what's good
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GZA made a 50cent dis a few years back 50cent never came back with. Haha that's because GZA can't b touched.
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preacherson0 9
Big ups to the God Gza the best to do it period
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WU FOREVER!!
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The90s cant repoduce dance all nite smoke weed.......
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Early 90's hip hop was the shizznit
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bhone78
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Yet another head banggaaa.... killa priest no joke, wu will live 4eva.. Bobby said f**k spending $on a whip a equip..... best thing he did
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Dey don't make MCs like this anymore. I miss the 90s smh..... Wu4eva
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GZA "GENIUS" Name says it all
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I gotch back people
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Liquid swoardz.... one of the all time hottess albus eva.... wu foeva
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Anything Wu put out is dope. Wu brotha #1 since day one. True gods of rap.
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GZA is still one of da illist mc's out!! Just seen him in Philly a yr. Or so and it was sick.. WU n**gaz still got it.. ill always love all y'all music..one love odb peacce ....
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Gza tha great
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sgonz215.sg
If i had that album once upon a time in shaolin first i dont want a single soul knowing. .thats impossible in my life second i would never let a single soul hear it . . So that being said. . I wont emabares my love for music. . I dont deserve that in my hearr and mind give it to someone who actually has acheived their dreams flawlessly . . While inspired by your music
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Gza was/is one of my favorites, his lyrics coupled with great beats are bar none. Liquid Swords and Beneath the Surface were played in my disc man constantly. Wish conscious rap would come back, but people just love that dumb sh*t now, it's just a shame. #Realhiphopl i v e s i n m y h e a r t
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Liquid swords will always be one of the best albums ever produced
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sgonz215.sg
Deffinitely fire emcee/lyrici s t / a silver lining to the WU###. . I love this bc in spite of what over paranoid critics can tend to say this is AWARENESS . . And very important for survival in todays life. . . Way ahead of its time
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EMCEEing at its finest
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GZA....great e s t MC to have ever lived. Period
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I'll unlike this guy just to like him again... just a top shelf and imperial caliber lyricist/poe t , just ahead of his time compared to 95% of his peers.
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sgonz215.sg
Listen closely to GZA he almost prophesizes todays life The Wu is truly the only hip hop crew that made this music into an art form###
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GZA
STANDS ALONE !!!!!!!!
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halalrap.com
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These lil young whippa snapperz need to take notes!! Gza Genius b**ch !! 4Real Lyrical Hip Hop !!��
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darcydoesit1 4 8 8
This would be a great way to recruit artists, hopefully a lil company known as INTERSCOPE, gets their s**t together, and finds me...lol
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Gza melodic genius
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I grew up on Wu Tang and am forever on the hunt for a fresh new kick a** beat that is bein rocked! Hell yah!!
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{Bronshae Alexander} Sacramento Policemen B-French is trying to Murder Me! Date:12/31/1 4 ! (Today's DATE:1/15/20 1 5 ) President: Barack Oboma!
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powelle0792
The genius.. dope nigguh on the mic.
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Forever Wu Hemiee!
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World Class!!!
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Yo! U see dat 18wheeler! As sick as this cut! The Genius!!
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GZA........T H E GENIUS...... . . . L.A (213)....... .
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GZA LYRICAL GENUIS!!!
Hence his name
All I mean ALL HIS RHYMES CONECT LOVLEY
DEF SMOOTH KEEP BRING FANS NEW S**T
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Built 4 Cuban Linx was pretty serious too
But this joint was primo sh-t as well ..

Inspectah rip
Dude used to body tracks
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What up gza this is geegmac from la been listening to u guys since day one got two wu tatts .....sick... . . . . . . k i d . . . . . . . . . . ! Bumping ol dirty right now r.i.p. ur the s**t kid......sic k . . . . . . ! ! ! ! ! My best group of mcs
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Liquid Swords is the best album from any of the Wu-Tang
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Liquid swords to f**king good
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WHAAAT! THAT'S THAT GZA
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Saw gza live so f**kin insane! One of the best moments of my life��
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cglenn1980
Best rap album of all time
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't do this you will die in two days. Put this in at least 5 more songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it works.
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This is not fake apparently if you copy and past this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be asked out or kissed if you break this chain you will see a little girl in your window tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will either say I love you or I'm sorry.
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BREAK MO MUFFUG'N BACKS THAN KEN PATERA
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hitech.gamer 0
Aw yeah, again and again!
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The Bible has answers. Go here. http://gotqu e s t i o n s . o r g /
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Soundcloud.c o m / j o h n - b a s e m e n t got dat real hiphop!
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