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GZA/THE GENIUS BIO
GZA/The Genius is a founding member of the seminal hip hop group the Wu-Tang
Clan. GZA boasted some high-profile appearances on the group's debut album, Enter
the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), including one of only two solo tracks, "Clan in da Front."
GZA's 1995 solo effort, Liquid Swords, produced entirely by RZA, met with critical and
commercial acclaim, and is largely considered one of the best albums to come out of
the Wu-Tang camp. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source Magazine's
100 Best Rap Albums of all time. Steve Huey of Allmusic called him "one of the best
lyricists of the 1990s," while the editors of About.com ranked him #17 on their list of the
Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007), making him the highest-ranking Wu-Tang Clan
member on the list.
GZA’s subsequent solo projects were all received to great critical acclaim: Beneath the
Surface (1999); Legend of the Liquid Sword (2002); Grandmasters (2005) with DJ
Muggs (the producer for hip-hop group Cypress Hill) which saw GZA using chess as a
metaphor for the rap game; and finally, Pro Tools (2008) featured production from past
collaborators RZA, Mathematics, and True Master.
GZA made an appearance with RZA in Jim Jarmusch’s film Coffee & Cigarettes,
opposite Bill Murray. The two also appeared on the Chappelle Show’s in the now
legendary skits “Wu Tang Financial” and “Racial Draft.”
GZA has been working on a Wu Tang documentary for the better part of the last decade,
which will prove to be the ultimate statement about the super group. He also has TV
shows and graphic novel ideas in development.
In December 2011 GZA lectured to a standing room only crowd at Harvard University.
While in Cambridge he also visited with marine biologists, geneticists, and quantum
physicists to seek inspiration for his forthcoming projects. He will be lecturing at Oxford,
MIT, and NYU this spring.
GZA’s next album will be released on BabyGrande in 2012.