Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface

by GZA

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Overview

Beneath the Surface

The most mysterious rhyme styler from the Wu-Tang's stable of incomparably virtuoso MCs, GZA returns with an album worth the anticipation surrounding its release. Lately, the hip-hop community has been quietly grumbling that the Clan's prolific nature has affected the quality of their music. Not so with GZA/Genius: His previous LIQUID SWORDS album is one of the greatest Wu-Tang solo projects, and BENEATH THE SURFACE rises to that level. On hand are the requisite cameos from Method Man, RZA, and Ol' Dirty Bastard, with the latter bringing his infectiously manic energy to the album's most banging track, "Crash Your Crew." But it's the elements of surprise that set GZA apart, like socially conscious skits that riff on the importance of gun control and lyrics that deal with his continued obsession with music-biz mechanics ("Publicity"). Meanwhile, his backing tracks artfully mix slamming beats and eerie soundscapes, like the orchestral-soul snippets that swirl like an unfinished symphony underneath the title track. That, combined with the chilling nonchalance of GZA/Genius's lyrical flow, shows his egotistic stage moniker isn't mere hubris -- it's truth in advertising.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/1999
Label: Fontana Mca
UPC: 0008811196929
catalogNumber: 11969
Rank: 45896

Album Credits

Performance Credits

GZA/Genius   Primary Artist
RZA   Track Performer
Ol' Dirty Bastard   Track Performer
Method Man   Track Performer
Joan Davis   Track Performer
Masta Killa   Track Performer
Killah Priest   Track Performer
Darkman   Track Performer
Trigga   Track Performer

Technical Credits

GZA/Genius   Producer,Executive Producer
RZA   Executive Producer
Inspectah Deck   Producer
John the Baptist   Producer
Arabian Knight   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Mathematics   Producer
Dragan "Chach" Cacinovic   Engineer

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