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GZA XXL Review - 2002-11-08 09:45:47

© The Wu-Tang Corp.- 2002-11-08

[wimg=left]../images/news/02_10_26_gza.jpg[/wimg]The latest issue of the magazine XXL contains a review for GZA’s upcoming album Legend Of The Liquid Sword. The album got an ‘L’ which is the same as 3 out of 5 mics. GZA will be featured in the next issue of The Source. He was going to get the cover story but now that’s going to Jam Master Jay (R.I.P.). Here’s the review:

Say this for GZA: the man is consistent. He has a formula that worked for him on 1995's Liquid Swords and it's 1999 follow-up Beneath the Surface. On his latest, Legend of the Liquid Sword, the Genius goes right back into his chamber with his tried-and-true recipe: extra-hard bass beaters, organic instrumentation and sharp lyrics.

Creatively, Legend takes no new leaps or bounds. But it does maintain GZA's razor-precise beat standard, best suited for a subwoofer-laced SUV. The J. Garfield-produced "Auto Bio" is a whirlwind of dramatic strings and sparse piano keys that allows an even-toned GZA to reminisce about when it was all so simple. Over the synthesized kick and snare hits of the lead single, "Knock Knock", GZA pumps more value in his words: "The obscene slang kicker with no parental advisory sticker/Advertising y'all that wise words is much slicker."

While Mathematics lends Legend his standard beat fare, Bink brings GZA up to date with an old soul sample on "Animal Planet", where the eldest WTC member lives up to his first moniker, reciting a savage spin on Darwin's Theory.

Wu devotees should enjoy the Shaolin stylings of "Sparring" (featuring Inspectah Deck) and "What We Die For" (with RZA and Masta Killah), but some may wonder where the other Wu heavyweights are. Remember, it's the GZA's insistence on standing on his own two that has made him who he is - no on else.

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