GZA – “Words from the Genius” review

While some seem to believe that Method Man was the very 1st Wu-Tang Clan to get a solo album with his 1994 solo debut Tical, it was actually the GZA with 1991’s Words from the Genius. It was his only album to be released under Cold Chillin’ Records & 10 of the 16 tracks on here were produced by Easy Mo B. If you couldn’t guess by the title, the Jesse West produced opening track “Come Do Me” is about sex & it’s generic from front to back. The reissued version of the album would replace this song with “Pass the Bone”, which features a verse & production from the RZA (then known as Prince Rakeem). Here, the 2 are talking about smoking weed & the “Smokin’ Cheeba-Cheeba” sample on here is pretty fitting. The 2nd track “Phony As Ya Wanna Be” is the first track on the album to be produced by Easy Mo B & while it is jazzy, the lyrics are basically a jab at all the phony MCs out there. The next track “True Fresh MC” is a proper follow-up, because GZA’s bragging about his rhyming skills & I really love the Parliament sample that comes around during the hook. The track “The Genius is Slammin'” is another braggadocious song about his MCing skills & the organ on here was a pretty nice touch. The song “Feel the Pain” has some hard hitting drums & the organs on here is a lot more prominent than the song I previously mentioned. The song “Words from a Genius” is a jab at biters & I actually like the RZA remix of this song over the original Easy Mo B beat on here. The shoutouts to The Abbott & the Ol’ Dirty Bastard a little bit after the 2nd verse kicks off are pretty dope, too. The song “Those Were the Days” reflects on his middle school AND high school years over a solidly incorporated James Brown sample. The song “Life of a Drug Dealer” is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s vividly written & the sped-up funky guitar loop throughout isn’t too bad either. The track “Stop the Nonsense” speaks out against drugs & violence over what could possibly be my favorite Easy Mo B beat on the entire album. The song “Living Foul” is a message to all of those who’re living fucked up lives & it starts off with these saxes that aren’t too bad, but then the main sample that pops into the song is just alright. The song “Drama” talks about his ghetto & the beat is just menacing as Hell. The album then closes out with “Superfreak”, where GZA is redundantly talking about sex yet again. While there are points where GZA comes off as generic, I really believe the ambition was on here. However, he would fully develop & solidify himself as a Genius with his next album Liquid Swords

Score: 3.5/5

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