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Jon Caramanica

Jon Caramanica is a pop critic at the New York Times.

 

Abstract:

"'Rhyme Thoughts Travel At A Tremendous Speed': GZA/The Genius Discusses Liquid Swords"

In 1995 GZA released LIQUID SWORDS, the first of the solo Wu Tang Clan efforts. The album is constantly referenced among artists in the indie, electronic, and of course hip hop world as an inspiration for its eclecticism and challenge to standard ways of writing music. Pitchfork media, for example, invited GZA to perform the classic album in full at their summer festival. The GZA will discuss the album within the framework of a discussion of his career as an MC,  his creative process, and the global state of an artform that began right here in New York City.