GZA was recently seen on NPR’s Tiny Desk, giving a concert among the small workspace Amphitheatre in Northeast Washington. For this performance, without the rest of Wu-Tang Clan with him, GZA performed his works from the rapper/producer’s solo album Liquid Swords released in 1995. Performing the opening three tracks on the album, he is backed by the Soul Rebels. A brass ensemble from New Orleans with light marching band percussion.
GZA takes a moment within his set to talk about the days he spent recording with RZA in Staten Island in a pseudo-spoken word format disguised behind a freestyle verse. GZA has made more than an accomplished name for himself within the realms of hip-hop. Having been a founding member of Wu-Tang Clan and designated as the groups “Spiritual Head” one can only surmise by the innate flow in his rhymes that GZA earned his secondary moniker, “The Genius.”