Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Old School Mondays:: Giving Thanks for the Genius Edition

Happy belated Canadian Thanksgiving to one and all. As you might guess, the holiday long weekend resulted in OSM being delayed until Tuesday, but I know folks need their fix, so let's get to it. Thanksgiving is a time to take some time out of our hectic lives and think about what we're really thankful for. After some reflection this weekend, I realized there is one big thing I am thankful for: The GZA's Liquid Swords show at this year's HPX. Of course I'm also thankful for my family, friends, health, etc & so on, but those things aren't exactly the easiest to get an OSM out of now are they?

Anyway, the GZA is playing at the Marquee in a couple weeks, and the Ack and I are very much looking forward to it. So much in fact, that we bought tickets with our own hard earned duckets, which is likely the only time that is going to happen during this event. So yes, this is kind of a big deal, and it should come as no surprise that you're getting some Genius-related OSM coverage. But let's not start with Liquid Swords, because the GZA was the only Wu member to have a solo album released before the crew blew, his Cold Chillin' release Words From The Genius. I've meant to feature this album for a while, mainly because I've always regretted not buying it when I saw it at some random book & music outlet in Maine in like 91-92. I had no idea who he was, but I was intrigued, and after finally getting the chance to hear it now, I wish I had bought it.

Even after all this time, Words From The Genius is pretty solid. The Genius' style is pretty much intact, with the clever wordplay and excellent storytelling skills in effect, and his flow doesn't really sound dated to me. I should mention the copy I have appears to be the '94 re-release of the album, which replaces the original lead single, the new jackish and semi-ridiculous Come Do Me, which does sound very, very dated, with the awesome, Prince Rakeem/RZA produced, Pass The Bone. The rest of the album is produced almost entirely by Easy Mo Bee, who is one of my favorite producers and largely slept on these days. Consequently, the album is fairly bumpin' across the board, and if you like the GZA, I'd say you need to go back and check this album.

But for now you can check out the afore-mentioned Pass The Bone, and one of those great Easy Mo Bee produced jams, Words From The Genius. Enjoy these, and if you're coming to HPX, put the GZA's show on your must see list (I believe there are still tickets).


GZA/Genius - Come Do Me

Posted at 8:59 PM by naedoo :: 2 comments

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At 9:32 AM, Blogger ack did sayeth:

I never forgave this guy for stealing Leaping Lenny Poffo's gimmick. Who had better poems? That is something only time will tell.


At 9:35 AM, Blogger naedoo did sayeth:

Well, he switched it up Silver style to The GZA, so perhaps he also felt bad about that. But consider Lanny is likely no longer Leaping, but rather Lunchroom Tray Cleaning Lanny Poffo, I have to think the GZA/Genius' poems have stood the test of time.


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