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October 26, 2005

My Grandmasters Review...

Grand Masterpiece
October 26, 2005
Nunya Biznet (Love Allah)

When Wu-Tang Clan's popularity spread like wildfire with 36 Chambers, GZA was already a seasoned vet in the music biz; having dropped "Words from The Genius" on Cold Chillin' years prior. When many of today's top producers were in elementary school, DJ Muggs was banging out infamous tracks for House of Pain and Cypress Hill. Muggs and GZA first collaborated on Muggs' Soul Assassins compilation album...years later, the rest is history.Grandmasters is a classic Hip Hop album the likes of which this decade hasn't yet witnessed. Conceptually, this is chess on wax. Check "All in Together Now" f/ Raekwon & The RZA for the true Wu-Eulogy to Ol' Dirty Bastard (A Son Unique). The GZA continues his legendary "labels" series of lyrics on the sultry, sexy, grown-folks'-music masterpiece "Queens Gambit". With no filler, no fast-forwards, and no full-of-shit guest appearances, Grandmasters is a refreshing approach to millenium Hip Hop...STRICTLY DOPE MUSIC.



At 2:12 AM, Blogger writebrother said...

Genius' first tape came out on Cold Chillin'/Warner.

At 11:07 AM, Anonymous Rafi said...

writebrother speaks the truth. Geffen wasn't touching hiphop at that point.

I'm looking forward to hearing this GZA/Muggs joint.

Over at Oh Word, we ran an in-depth interview with GZA last month. He talks extensively about his influences, coming up in NY in the late 70s and early 80s, being on Cold Chillin and his overall legacy. It's a must read for any hip-hop fan.

Check it out:
Time Travelling with the Genius

At 2:59 PM, Blogger The Bishop of Hip Hop said...

I want a copy :(


-The Bishop



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