GZA

That the members of the Wu-Tang Clan are still releasing excellent solo albums shouldn't come as that big of a surprise; even during the Wu's long post-Iron Flag hiatus it seems like we've been getting one of those every year. And while most of the attention's been thrown to Raekwon (Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. 2), Method Man (4:21... The Day After) and Ghostface Killah (too many to mention), one of the best runs has come from the one member who dropped a solo album before the Wu even dropped 36 Chambers. GZA's coldly calculating yet wordplay-rich narrative style has served him well over his career, with 2005's underrated classic DJ Muggs teamup Grandmasters and 2008's solid Pro Tools the most recent manifestations of his distinctly scientific style. In the last couple years, he's taken a surprising left turn by recording with garage-scuzz favorites like the Black Lips and King Khan, and though there's no word yet on whether his upcoming seventh studio album is going to sound like three-chord caveman rock, it's likely he'll sound sharper than a dagger over any beat you throw at him. With Muja Messiah. 18+ (Photo by Flowizm)
Thu., March 11, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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