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GZA
PHONETIC INTELLECT

words caught in the air by Meshack Blaq
images in time captured by Lone-Shark
Welcome to Hip Hop 2000 where there is very little time to say a whole lot. All that rushing about to drop an extra album, or rearranging one's whole format to fit in with their supposed "Karmic Rebirth" is dead. But there was one who came in `99 named Genius bearing the same lyrical prowess that Liquid Swords utilized to take a slew of heads with one fell swing. In fact, when the research was completed it was discovered that this impenetrable individual had direct ties to the now infamous WU Dynasty. So we went Beneath The Surface where the light of day cannot penetrate. Where this mysterious GZA purportedly blindfolds and hog-ties Duck MC's if only to torture them with his Shine before beheadal with PHONETIC INTELLECT
GZA:
The way your recorder looks makes me feel like it's a Press Conference. I feel like I'm in a radio station!
KRON:
Alright, so let's go beneath the surface. From "Labels" to "Publicity" what's the science with the intro singles from each album like that?
GZA:
I guess just a coincidence. The "Publicity" song is like a "Labels" song. I got the idea from Timbo King. He's from Royal Fam which is part of Wu. And one day I was in the studio when I saw one line he had that said some shit with like three magazines in it. And I was like, "Damn, that shit is soundin' kinda slick." But all along people had been comin' up to me sayin', "You should do a "Labels II", or "You should do "Labels" over". And I always thought it was a corny idea. You had many people do different songs like, similar songs. Like they might do a song and name a whole bunch of girls. Or they might do a song and name a whole buncha designer shit. That's how "Labels" was. You know, Biggie did the R&B females, which was a Classic. So I didn't think I could really do that again until I came across that idea. So I decided, and I thought it would be the fattest shit to put out first for the DJ's to let `em spin. It was catchy, you know? And we just went for it. So that's how that came about.
KRON:
Was this new album a work in progress? Like, picking up from Liquid Swords? Or was it a work in progress from say, Wu Tang Forever?
GZA:
I would say from all of them. One just leads into the other. For instance, every time you do an album you always flash back to whatever came before it. `Cause we always compare `em like that. Like when we did Wu Forever we'd be like, "Ahhh, this shit… It gotta be able to top 36 Chambers!" So everything is a work in progress from anything you really do because you always go back and compare it, or try to do better, or just as good. Like a lotta people Loved the Liquid Swords album. It did well on a low. It's like with me and Raekwon's albums, either of those are one of the albums they speak about all the time. So we always try to go in and do better, or just as good.
KRON:
Well I have to say that when we did the photo shoot for the Ghost Cover that you hold, we were at the Hit Factory listening to a track that he did with your verse first. And then there was Meth and Rae
GZA:
OK.
KRON:
And quite possibly Masta Killa.
GZA:
(To Arabian Knight) That's that track.
KRON:
Ghost wouldn't divulge the name of it either. When I asked the title, his response was "It's just between me & my Niggaz right now". But the point is, that off the three or four joints we've heard from Ghost, one or two sound really dusty like maybe before 36 Chambers style.
GZA:
Was that the track that I was on?
KRON:
Well, not that one. You were on another one of his. And I'm sayin', do you have any of those old dusty, before the 36 Chambers tracks on your album?
GZA:
Thought wise, yea. I would say that because sometimes ideas can come from a long, long, long time ago. But musically, no. Nothin'. All these beats is fresh. Not even a year old. Some of them is just two months old. Some of them came to me while I was in the studio. I wouldn't say any of the shit on there is dusty like it was a track that I didn't get a chance to use, and I decided to use it. If we do, we do; it's all good. But we haven't done that on this album. Everything is fresh.

KRON:
It seems like everything you put your fingers on as the Wu Collective, whether it's dusty and old or fresh and new, makes for classic material. And I also wanted to add on to that to that and ask you as far as the production work outside of RZA, who I heard or understand only did one track on the album. Who else is putting in work?
GZA:
Arabian Knight. That's this Brother right here. He did about 5 tracks. And Allah Mathematics. He's the DJ for us and he did the Wu Logo. Math did about 5 to 6 tracks. And Inspectah Deck did 1 and RZA did 1. It's still Family. It's all Fam.
KRON:
These Brothas (Animal & Mathologist) pointed out on the Wu Tang Forever album that there was a verse on one of the joints that was repeated from your first solo album. I would like to ask, was there a meaning behind that or was it deliberate?
GZA:
Which verse was that?
KRON:
[To Animal & Mathologist] Well, here we go Guys, you're on Interview Blast!
ANIMAL::
I don't know, our Homie says it was a verse from Words From The Genius album.
GZA:
What did I use from there? I don't know. You gotta flash me.
KRON:
OK, let's move it on. Keep it movin'.
GZA:
I don't think I ever used… Oh, you know what? Nah, I don't think I ever used anything from off my album. Maybe a line or two, or a word. Maybe I used one line. But verse? I don't think I've taken anything off… I mean, that's on a whole `nother label though. I'm not even tryin' to go into those chambers. They did re-release that album after I dropped my second one. And they put a new cover on it and tried to fool people to sell the shit. But ain't nobody go for it. This time they might just on the strength of how popular this shit is. They might have to go back and be like, "We got to get his first shit!"
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