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GZA Net Worth

GZA Net Worth

GZA is an American hip-hop rapper with an estimated net worth of $15 million. His body of work includes fellow hip-hop rappers, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and Raekwon. Allmusic referred to him as one of the best lyricists of the 1990s.

Who is GZA?

Gary Grice (born August 22, 1966), better known by his stage name GZA (pronounced /ˈJizzah/) and The Genius, is an American hip hop artist best known as a founding member of the seminal hip hop group the Wu-Tang Clan and for his inclusion on their group albums, his group mates’ solo releases and a successful solo career.

When it comes to thought provoking, street-bred raw lyricism, the Wu-Tang Clan’s fountain of wisdom, GZA takes his job very seriously. The way he crafts his double-edged rhyme flow mirrors the skill and precise technique of one who works with fine ceramics. GZA’s metaphoric and multi-layered lyrics are often touted by critics as his rap name implies; genius.

Career

Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in every borough of New York City, The GZA’s workmanship can be found three albums deep with classics dating back to 1991 including the albums Words From The Genius, the gold-selling Liquid Swords and Beneath The Surface. Before his days of microphone notoriety, GZA found himself, during the early ages of rap music, travelling throughout New York City sharpening his rap skills in scattered rhyme battles. “I’ve studied rap in every borough,” the GZA says proudly. “I’ve been rhyming before a lot of these cats out here were born. We’ve [Wu Tang Clan] always drank, ate and slept hip-hop. I love it.” On his latest blockbuster album Legend Of The Liquid Sword, The GZA makes reference to his hip- hop foundation on the reflective Fam (Members Only) “I grew up around B-Boys, DJs, MCs, through rap, never thinking in ways of TV,” the Genius raps. “It was strictly all about magnificent rhyme clout.”

During GZA’s travels, he encountered other rap veterans that recognized his promise and helped to nurture his talent. “I watched a lot of people come up that are big now,” Genius says earnestly. “I used to make demo tapes with cats that rocked with Russell Simmons and people like that. The history goes so far back; I’ve always been really focused on writing dope rhymes.”

The GZA’s dream of perfection has been realized once again on his fourth album to date. Legend Of The Liquid Sword not only regains the powerful momentum started by the last three releases, it adds to the Genius’ verbal legacy with uncompromising integrity. Heat-seeking darts like the introspective, Auto Bio where GZA breaks down the elements of his life that created the man he is and the crime thriller Luminal.

What has always set The GZA apart from the ordinary is his ability to create complex images with simple context. In the same way it’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words, Genius assembles his words to create thousands of vivid pictures. “I don’t like to just be simple,” he explains. “Even though some of my stuff can seem simple at times, I like to write in a way that when you listen to it over and over again, you hear something new and it requires you to think.” Legend Of The Liquid Sword does just that. Whether the listener gets captured by the vocal acrobatics of Santi White (who has written songs for Res) on GZA’s Stay In Line or the authentic old school soul production on the masterpiece Animal Planet, Genius weaves satisfying brain food through his lyrics. In his phenomenally cerebral use of metaphors, The Genius flawlessly equates human city dwellers to animals in the jungle onAnimal Planet , which was produced by rhythm doctor Bink (who has produced heavyweight joints for Fat Joe, Nate Dogg, Mr. Cheeks and Faith Evans). With beats by fellow Wu Tang brother RZA, Jaz-O (Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt album), DJ Muggs (who has produced for Cypress Hill, Mobb Deep), Wu producer Mathematics (Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Sunz of Man), Arabian Knight and other sonic masterminds, GZA’s talents come across even heavier. On the adrenaline raising Hip Hop call to arms, Knock, Knock (the album’s shining debut single), The GZA asks on the chorus, “knock, knock, who the f*** is banging at my door, is it abstract, commercial or hardcore?” In his signature way of ill rhyme construction, GZA further defines the parameters of whatrap music should be.

Don’t call GZA’s comeback just a comeback, it’s a return of an entirely revolutionary thought process. “When we did Back In The Game on the Wu-Tang Iron Flag album, I did a verse about gambling,” he explains solidly. “I didn’t want to be ‘back in the game’ or ‘back on the block,’ that’s typical. I made it all metaphorical.” It’s those same metaphors that makes the Genius’ liquid sword a living legend in it’s own time.

The group debuted in 1993 and their album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) took the music industry by storm. Produced entirely by RZA, it was like nothing that had ever been heard at the time. GZA was featured throughout the album. The whole album was hailed by critics as a masterpiece, and GZA was touted by many as the best lyricist of the group.

Building off of that success GZA signed a new deal with Geffen Records and in 1995 released Liquid Swords. Again produced entirely by RZA an

GZA Bio Info

Full name: Gary Grice
Born: 22 August 1966 (age 51 years), Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Also known as: The Genius
Music groups: Wu-Tang Clan (Since 1992), Soul Assassins
Record labels: Babygrande Records, Loud Records, Geffen Records, Cold Chillin’ Records, MCA Records, Angeles Records

GZA Chan Quotes

  • Hip-Hop is my vehicle to scientific and universal enlightenment. – GZA
  • When I was trekking across Brooklyn, looking for MC battles – and there were plenty of them – I never dreamed I’d be at this podium. – GZA
  • I don’t think I have a favorite chess move, other than checkmate, because each move is part of a combination of other moves. Just like I don’t have a favorite piece, because they all work together. I mean, I love myself; I am the king on the board, but other pieces do different things and they all work together, so it’s not one particular move unless it’s checkmate because usually there’s an answer. You know, chess is about questions and answers. – GZA
  • Energy is felt once the cards are dealt With the impact of roundhouse kicks from black belts that attack the microphone like cyclones or typhoons I represent from midnight to high noon. – GZA

GZA Chan Videos on YouTube

This week, Neil sits down with the one and only, The Genius, Gza to discuss his career and how science has influenced his life and creativity.

The Wu Tang Clan legend stopped by Philly’s Profond Music N Art to snag some choice vinyl while in town for The FADER and Goose Island’s Analog Migration show.

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