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Gary Grice, better known as GZA, or The Genius, founded the legendary Staten Island rap crew, The Wu-Tang Clan with his cousins RZA and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. As their their oldest member and their first to get a record deal, he is the starting point for one of hip-hop’s most monumental entities. Head-turning verses on Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… cemented his status as one of his era’s great lyricists and emcees. But he’s perhaps best known for Liquid Swords, a dark and philosophical solo record considered a pinnacle of 1990s rap, a high-point of Wu-Tang’s extended discography, and one of the best records released that decade in any genre. At Northside, GZA will be performing that classic album in its entirety. In high demand for nearly 20 years, its songs have been performed at many festivals around the world. This particular show, with live backing from the ultra-tight, Grammy-winning Latin funk band Grupo Fantasma, promises to be something more. Those who saw an off-the-cuff collaboration between the two at this year’s SXSW called it a revelation, fleshing out well-loved beats and samples with a full, electric vitality. Expect this repeat performance to surpass all previous renditions.