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BENEATH THE SURFACE(GZA)

ALBUM COVER

TRACK LISTING:

1. “Intro”

2. “Amplified Sample”

  • Producer: Mathematics

3. “Beneath the Surface

  • First verse: GZA
  • Second verse: Killah Priest
  • Chorus: Res/Santigold
  • Producer: Inspectah Deck
  • Sample: “Back To You” by Jean Plum

4. “Skit #1”

5. “Skit #2”

6. “Crash Your Crew”

  • Intro: RZA
  • Chorus: Ol’ Dirty Bastard
  • First Verse: GZA
  • Producer: John the Baptist
  • Sample: “I Choose You” by Willie Hutch

7. “Breaker, Breaker

  • Producer: Arabian Knight

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUdEzN6UWrQ&feature=player_embedded

8. “High Price, Small Reward”

  • First verse: GZA
  • Second verse: Masta Killa
  • Producer: Mathematics

9. “Hip Hop Fury”

  • Chorus: RZA
  • First verse: Hell Razah
  • Second verse: GZA
  • Third verse: Timbo King
  • Fourth verse: Dreddy Kruger
  • Producer: Arabian Knight

10. “Skit #3”

11. “1112

  • First verse: GZA
  • Second verse: Masta Killa
  • Third verse: Killah Priest
  • Producer: RZA

12. “Skit #4”

13. “Victim”

  • First verse: GZA
  • Second verse: Njeri Earth
  • Producer: Arabian Knight

14. “Publicity”

  • Producer: Mathematics
  • Sample: I (Who Have Nothing)” by Terry Knight and the Pack

15. “Feel Like An Enemy”

  • First verse & chorus: Hell Razah
  • Second verse: Killah Priest
  • Third verse: Trigga
  • Fourth verse: Prodigal Sunn
  • Producer: Mathematics

16. “Stringplay (Like This, Like That)”

  • First verse: GZA
  • Second verse & chorus: Method Man
  • Producer: Arabian Knight

17. “Mic Trippin”

  • Producer: Mathematics

18. “Outro”

  • First verse: La the Darkman
  • Second verse : Timbo King
  • Producer: Arabian Knight

I took a listen to this album and honestly i think it has been underrated. Being

a sophomore LP being dropped just when people thought the Wu Saga was

coming to an end…a lot leaves to be desired.

 

There are some joints that make you wanna jump up which kinda

reminds me of way back when Dan Oloo used to present a show entitled

‘The Afternoon Switch’ #Goldenmemories  You tend to wonder why

Metro fm decided to switch fully to reggae…and they getting so much

competition from Uptown Fm And Homeboyz radio.

 

Aside from that though born in Staten Island, GZA spent a childhood split

between various groups of relatives in the other New York boroughs, and

during this time began to visit the Soundview Projects in the Bronx where he

witnessed the birth of hip hop and began enamoured with the rhymes of the

earliest MCs.

 

GZA, the oldest, would mentor RZA in the art of rhyme, and RZA would

subsequently pass on the knowledge to the youngest, Ol’ Dirty. The three

cousins eventually formed the group All in Together Now.

 

The year is 1999 and it’s at the brink of the demise of hip-hop….this is when

the industry decided to take a nose dive….everyone decided to go

commercial…all about the money making. So sad!

 

A good production i have to say…you cant hardly fail to notice the basic

beat technique that turned out to be very good for RZA. His scrawny

beats couldn’t support his heavy lyrical content. But this time he backed

his steady, measured flow with enough production power to rouse the

world from its slumber.

 

Featured artists is also not a let down:

• Arabian Knight – Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Assistant Engineer, Mixing, Mixing Assistant

• Dragan “Chach” Cacinovic – Engineer

• Tom Coyne – Mastering

• Joan Davis – Performer

• GZA – Producer, Executive Producer

• Inspectah Deck – Producer

• John the Baptist – Producer

• Killah Priest – Vocals

• La the Darkman – Vocals

• Masta Killa – Vocals

• Mathematics – Producer

• Method Man – Vocals

• Hell Razah – Vocals

• Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Performer

• RZA – Vocals, Executive Producer

• Trigga – Performer

The GZA breaks things up between songs with a series of thought provoking

skits, masked as commercials or news casts, that are meant to bring out

specific issues that inner city people face regularly.

 

On “Luminal”, GZA’s verses about a serial killer are so bloodcurdling,

listeners will sramble to lock their doors. DJ Muggs’s ominous beats only

heighten the fear factor. For the title tack, GZA reflects candidly on his

career against Jaz-O’s feverish drum droplets, and a stellar hook from

Christion’s Allen Anthony.

 

The album’s most eye-opening track, “Animal Planet”, layers the rising and

crashing of heavy drums under a smoky vocal sample as GZA introduces a

world where giraffes ‘play lookout for gorillas in the mist’. But unlike some of

that wild kingdom’s inhabitants, GZA is far from extinction. He’s still a beast.

 

This is just to show how deep this guy really is:

“Beneath the Surface”

[GZA]
On a man-made lake, there’s a sheet of thin ice
Where unskilled skaters, couldn’t figure-8 twice
At 16, uncut, direct from the cult
Head on assault, the result, death by the bolt
In a vote, it spoke aboat the average loss commission
That was seen by a king in a prophetic vision
Like a plane crash from a bomb blast
Special broadcast, slot time with con cash
It kept the jury quiet, and now a riot will form
While satanic man, now hang in his dorm
I swing, on you fake, radio personalities
Boost ya ratings, but hypes behind casualties
Fire shots, for low-pressure water gun play
Instantly, slap ya fire like it’s Palm Sunday
I fashion the first tool, from the elements
The earth use, and built it to a complex
Network, of communications, you’re up against a hopeless, situation
I screen every vehicle, through enemy observation
Swarmin unpredictably, we spread terror
Increase the force significantly, change the error
Check my wind pattern, it’s headin west
Success is freedom, failure could mean death
Humans sweat, aim shovels
Dig up the debris and rubbel
Permanent, damage caused by the double-
U, Now who, cowardly urge you to merge through
And think the workers’ll serve you
Signin marvel, who just dropped the next novel
Worldwide, practically marred in marble
His accountless, amount of MC’s I saved
And those same niggas wanna squander those gifts I gave

[Chorus: RES sample]
Scratch underneath the surface, where does your purpose lie?
It seems our world is worthless, like we’re pawns beneath the sky
Change the race by reason, and ashes just the wind
The left is so our we’re breathin, keep ourself from givin in

[Killah Priest]
Love and hatred, home is most sacred
Both species, they lay naked in the tombs of oasis
Think back on niggas I ate with, spent the day with
Guns we played with, niggas I relate with
We broke bread, I heard through a vine niggas workin for the Feds
Sent out secretly to take my head
I lay back and meditate to the words they said
Skipped town for a month and grew some dreads
Had a friend tell my family I was dead
Return at the last fall of the autumn leaves
Operate the plan accordingly, in case the Feds are recordin me
Sign all documents, usin forgery, cuz just a near thought of me
Like Solomon, spoke bluntly
Told the word I’m black and calmly
Howls from the grave haunt me
The smell of death’s upon me, I dwell in the hills like Gandhi
Been in the presence of mad peasants, and old kings
Who sold everything, on a quest for god’s divine
Slept in caves to get a clear mind
Who prayed 3 times, when the moon lit and the sun rise
I met dwellers in the desert, talked to shepherds
Been in the mouth of many leopards
Felt the death kiss, of Satan’s mistress
Walked the vacant districts, for 4 religions, studied Pagan scriptures
True philosophers and physicians, on a cure missions
Who harden their hearts, to ward the weak, sick and ifflicted
Candles lit, gamble with a bitch
Who made me love her, when I touch her, soft cause hide claws
Bees with sweet honey in they mouth
Have bitter stingers at they tail
Walk through the chambers of death, take a hold on to hell
Embracing her was like embracing a 3rd world

[Chorus]

[Outro: RES sample]
Scratch underneath the surface

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