The founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan recently toured the UK and I made sure I caught his Oxford gig. With support from Micall Parknsun and local hip hop group The Untitled, it wasn't one to be missed; and I wasn't left disappointed.
GZA, often ranked as the best lyricist from Wu-Tang, performed for just short of an hour and absolutely smashed it. From his second song, he spent the rest of the gig on the barrier performing to the energetic crowd. It is clear he still takes his music as seriously as he has ever done and it was inspiring to witness first hand.
I saw GZA with the rest of Wu-Tang in the summer however it was a treat to see The Genius perform his solo material. As expected GZA took the crowd through some of the big Wu-Tang anthems, as well as his solo tunes dating back to his Word with Genius album, together with Shimmy Shimmy Ya paying tribute to fellow founding member ODB.
Although he didn't use the stage so that the crowd could not always see him, it didn't take away from the amazing performance and I'm glad to have witnessed a true rap legend.
Big shouts out to Wordplay for pushing the hip hop scene in Oxford and going to the effort of booking such big acts.