GZA

GZA

Real Name:
Gary E. Grice
Profile:
Genius / GZA or simply GZA (pronouced 'jizza'), was born on August 22, 1966 in Brooklyn, New-York. He is an African-American rapper, member of hip-hop supergroup Wu-Tang Clan. He is known for his elaborate metaphors and his constant use of skillful wordplay. GZA is a great chess player and he is also the oldest member of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Before the well-acclaimed "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)", he dropped "Words From The Genius" on legendary label Cold Chillin', but the album, however, was a flop. In 1995 he released the dark, kung-fu inspired, but still widely-acclaimed "Liquid Swords", that is considered one of the best Wu-Tang solo albums alongside Raekwon's "Only Built For Cuban Linx". He then dropped "Beneath The Surface" and "Legend Of The Liquid Sword, in 1999 and 2002, respectively, that weren't as succesfull as his second solo album. In 2004 he appeared, with his cousin RZA, alongside actor Bill Murray in Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee And Cigarettes", which was a movie casting actors such as Cate Blanchet and Alfred Molina. Genius / GZA also worked with DJ Muggs on an album named "Grandmasters" in 2005, that "confronted" GZA's sharp lyrical skills to Muggs' production mastery and his versatility. This project was critically acclaimed. Also in 2005, Genius / GZA signed with Babygrande Records and is currently working onto another project called "The GZA Presents".
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GZA Discography

Albums

GEFC-24813 Genius/GZA* Liquid Swords (Album) Geffen Records GEFC-24813 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
MCADE-11969 GZA/Genius* Beneath The Surface (Album) MCA Records MCADE-11969 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
113 083-2 GZA/Genius* Legend Of The Liquid Sword (Album) MCA Records 113 083-2 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
METHOD081 DJ Muggs vs. GZA / The Genius* DJ Muggs vs. GZA / The Genius* - Grandmasters (Album) Angeles Records METHOD081 Australia & New Zealand 2005 Sell This Version
BBG-LP-1065 GZA/Genius* Pro Tools (Album) Babygrande BBG-LP-1065 US 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

GEF12-22106 Genius/GZA* Liquid Swords (Single) Geffen Records GEF12-22106 US 1995 Sell This Version
GZA PRO1 Genius/GZA* Featuring D'Angelo Genius/GZA* Featuring D'Angelo - Cold World (Single) Geffen Records GZA PRO1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
WUTANG006 GZA/Genius* Labels Wu-Tang Records WUTANG006 US 1995 Sell This Version
GEFCS-19396 Genius/GZA* Shadowboxin' / 4th Chamber (Maxi, Single) Geffen Records GEFCS-19396 US 1996 Sell This Version
CAS 9583 DJ Muggs Presents Soul Assassins* Featuring RZA & GZA/Genius* DJ Muggs Presents Soul Assassins* Featuring RZA & GZA/Genius* - Third World(12", Promo) Columbia CAS 9583 US 1997 Sell This Version
MCA8P-4414, MCA13547 GZA/Genius* Beneath The Surface (Single) MCA Records MCA8P-4414, MCA13547 US 1999 Sell This Version
155 603-1 GZA/Genius* Breaker, Breaker / Publicity (Single, Maxi) MCA Records, MCA Records 155 603-1 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
MCA8P-4343 Genius/GZA* Publicity(12", Promo) MCA Records MCA8P-4343 US 1999 Sell This Version
MCA8P-4390 GZA/Genius* Hip Hop Fury(12", Promo) MCA Records MCA8P-4390 US 1999 Sell This Version
TFCC-88237 Nigo Feat. GZA & Prodigal Son* Nigo Feat. GZA & Prodigal Son* - K.F.F. 2000 (Maxi) Toy's Factory TFCC-88237 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
RLCDS-02 Muggs* Presents Soul Assassins* II : GZA Muggs* Presents Soul Assassins* II : GZA - When The Fat Lady Sings (Single) Rufflife UK Ltd. RLCDS-02 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
PAR-1 Rodney Kendrick Feat. Darkskin Scorpion, Genius - Gza*, Killah Priest Rodney Kendrick Feat. Darkskin Scorpion, Genius - Gza*, Killah Priest - Rapability(12", W/Lbl) Not On Label PAR-1 US 2000 Sell This Version
JL Method Man / Gza Method Man / Gza - Uh-Huh (Remix) / Fame (Remix)(12") Not On Label (J-Love Self-released) JL US 2001 Sell This Version
MCAR 25872-1 GZA/Genius* Knock Knock (Single, Maxi) MCA Records MCAR 25872-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
MCAR-25729-1 GZA/Genius* Fame MCA Records, MCA Records MCAR-25729-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
MCAR 25960-1 GZA/Genius* Legend Of The Liquid Sword Mixshow Sampler(12", Promo, Smplr) MCA Records MCAR 25960-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
none, UPA 3112-1 DJ Muggs vs. GZA The Genius* DJ Muggs vs. GZA The Genius* - Advance Pawns / Destruction Of A Guard(12") Angeles Records, Up Above Records none, UPA 3112-1 US 2005 Sell This Version
SA/V 001-02 GZA/Genius* with The Fire Dept. GZA/Genius* with The Fire Dept. - Animal Planet(12", Promo) Scion SA/V 001-02 US 2005 Sell This Version
ANG1235PR DJ Muggs vs. GZA The Genius* DJ Muggs vs. GZA The Genius* - All In Together Now(CD, Maxi, Promo) Angeles Records ANG1235PR US 2005 Sell This Version
UPA 3111-1 DJ Muggs vs. GZA The Genius* DJ Muggs vs. GZA The Genius* - All In Together Now(12") Angeles Records, Up Above Records UPA 3111-1 US 2005 Sell This Version