Fifth solo with GZA on the speak and RZA on the beat (mostly) finds more steady flows from the Grandpa shogun that fathered your style. He claims Pro Tools was a spontaneous title, but undoubtedly the Genius is nodding to how little help he needs in the studio - "just a beat with a continuous loop" - to rule the iron mic unquestioned. The insults on 50 Cent diss "Paper Plate" come through that much clearer without the extra noise: "Enough to make you vogue on the cover of GQ, only missing the sheer blouse, homey, you see-through." (A good follow-up line might have been, "Game, Computer Blue.")
GZA - Alphabets (from Pro Tools)
GZA performs Liquid Swords and flips a few new scripts at Bmore's Rams Head on Wednesday (9/10) and here at Irving Plaza on Friday. If you can't make either of those shows but still want a taste, email us to win a copy of Pro Tools and an autographed special edition poster (US residents only).
Speaking of Wu affiliate classics - RZA's back to work on Cuban Linx II and the new 100dBs joint includes a dope Supreme Clientele retwerk with your favorite Oxfordshire popsters (can you name that sample?)
Ghostface Killah - Mighty Healthy (100dBs Remix feat. DJ Far East)