Genius/GZA

GZA (pronounced Jizza), aka The Genius, born Gary Grice August 22, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York City is an American rapper. He is most well known as a founding member of the seminal hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. In addition to appearing on all the Wu-Tang Clan albums he has released five solo albums and has appeared on many other clanmates' solo releases. Born in Brooklyn, GZA spent his childhood living with various groups of relatives in the other New York boroughs. ...show more

GZA (pronounced Jizza), aka The Genius, born Gary Grice August 22, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York City is an American rapper. He is most well known as a founding member of the seminal hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. In addition to appearing on all the Wu-Tang Clan albums he has released five solo albums and has appeared on many other clanmates' solo releases. Born in Brooklyn, GZA spent his childhood living with various groups of relatives in the other New York boroughs.

During this time began to visit the Soundview Projects in the Bronx where he became fascinated with hip hop. Influenced by the early MC's of the time he began to write his own rhymes. Also sharing his interest in hip-hop were his cousins Robert Diggs and Russel Jones. The three performed together as the group All In Together Now with Grice going under the alias The Genius; Diggs and Jones performed as The Scientist and The Professor respectively.

After gaining some notoriety in the underground GZA and Diggs were signed as solo artists. GZA managed to ink a deal with legendary hip-hop label Cold Chillin Records. In 1990 GZA relased his debut album Words from the Genius on the label. The album was produced by Easy Mo Bee and was heavily influenced by the style of Cold Chillin at the time, who wanted to make GZA a commercially viable artist like Big Daddy Kane. ...show less