The GZA (Wu-Tang Clan)

The Arches presents

The GZA (Wu-Tang Clan)

Hector Bizerk // Bigg Taj

Mon 13 Feb 2012 | 7pm | £16 + bf

Doors    7pm
Bigg Taj 7.30pm-8pm
Hector Bizerk 8.20pm-8.50pm
The GZA 9.15pm-10.45pm

The Genius, Maximillion, Justice, Allah Justice, the Head…  With an impressive array of alter-egos, rapper and lyricist Gary Grice is still probably best known as the GZA, one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan and up there amongst the best MCs of all time.

Between the New York block parties of his youth, battling alongside his cousins RZA and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, his solo albums as The Genius and his tracks with the Clan, over the past thirty years GZA’s reputation as the poet laureate of hip hop has grown and been cemented, his sound coming to define and represent the old school hip hop scene spearheaded by the nine members, each with their own idiosyncratic and often eccentric presence.

Solo track Clan in da Front, from the debut Wu-Tang album, was a teasing precursor to GZA’s first solo album Liquid Swords back in 1995 – arguably one of the best albums to emerge from the nine members, celebrated for its dark atmosphere and lyrical borrowings from the worlds of martial arts, chess, crime and philosophy. Over four more albums – including Grandmasters in 2005 with Cypress Hill producer DJ Muggs – the quality has never been allowed to drop, with singles such as Crash Your Crew, General Principles and Paper Plate (the controversial pop at 50 Cent in 2008) easily matching the fluid rhymes and complex lyrics of anything off Liquid Swords.

Returning this year with Liquid Swords II: The Return of the Shadowboxer, fans of his RZA-produced debut will be delighted to hear that his cousin is back on production duties. Catch him at one of his first shows in three years to celebrate the old and get an exclusive peek at the new. Support comes from Hector Bizerk and Bigg Taj.

// The Ticket and Meal Deal is available for this show: enjoy a two course meal before the show for just £8.95. Please ask at Box Office when booking your tickets or call 0141 565 1000 for more details //

14+ (Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+)