When hip hop, science, and education collide

This is a sentence I never expected to read and it makes me insanely excited: "GZA had just finished an extraordinary round of meetings with physicists at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, culling ideas for a coming solo album about the cosmos." Oh. Hell. Yes. Meanwhile, GZA is also working with a Columbia professor on an educational program that uses rhyme-writing and some of the cultural trappings of freestyle rap to teach science in New York City public schools. Oh, and it turns out that GZA is pronounced "Jiz-ah", and is derived from "genius".

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  1. “Oh, and it turns out that GZA is pronounced “Jiz-ah”, and is derived from “genius”.” 

    Looks like someone is a Wu Tang funk faker…

    1. No. More like somebody has listened to Wu-Tang and enjoyed it enough to be excited about this project, but is not enough of an aficionado to have ever had a spoken conversation about GZA, specifically. So I’ve just never heard anybody else say it to me.

      1. >has listened to Wu-Tang
        >So I’ve just never heard anybody else say it to me.

        b-but, they say their names *in* the songs

          1. m(_ _)m ゴメンナサイ
            aw, I don’t think you’re an *idiot* maggie.  quite the opposite.  now I feel bad that we all ganged-up on you ITT.  but calling people out *is* part of hip-hop.  anyway, good looking on the rest of the post and link, I’m quite sure I wouldn’t have seen it otherwise.  props.

  2. I came across this story while playing Method Man’s Tical album on my laptop. So as a bit of a nerd myself, I REALLY appreciate this.

    1. you beat me to it, but I will post it anyway:

      Raekwon: And the GZA, the G is just the Genius, he, he’s the backbone of the whole shit

      RZA (pronounced rizzah, short for Razor): It’s self explanatory, Genius

      Method Man: He the head, let’s put it that way. We form like Voltron, and GZA happen to be the head. You know what I’m sayin.

  3. Yeah I went to his talk at MIT a couple months ago. Interesting guy, even if he did dodge the questions on hip-hop and misogyny.

  4. GZA’s ‘Liquid Swords’ is one of the finest hip hop albums i ever heard.
    The beats are classic, gritty Wu Tang, linked with music and dialogue (and themes) from the incredible 80’s samurai flick – ‘Shogun Assassin’. (Easily the best film around, on the subject of weaponized prams and strollers)
    http://youtu.be/E0wQhiptQBE

  5. GZA= Genius zig-zag-zig Allah. His name comes from the theology of the Nation of Gods and Earths, or the Five Percenters.  Michael Muhammad Knight has written some interesting stuff about these guys. 

  6. Maybe these guys could explain a few things to Insane Clown Posse.  I hear they have some questions about science-y stuff.

  7. That;s great that GZA is also working with a Columbia professor on an educational program that is well known and that uses rhyme-writing and some of the cultural trappings of freestyle rap to teach science in New York City public schools.Nice.

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