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Beneath The Surface [Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics]

Genius/Gza Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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1. Intro
2. Amplified Sample
3. Beneath The Surface
4. Skit #1
5. Skit #2
6. Crash Your Crew
7. Breaker, Breaker
8. High Price, Small Reward
9. Hip Hop Fury
10. Skit #3
11. 1112
12. Skit #4
13. Victim
14. Publicity
15. Feel Like An Enemy
16. Stringplay (Like This, Like That)
17. Mic Trippin
18. Outro

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While the Genius continues to slice through resistant mentals with his liquid sword rhyme schemes, his sophomore album is the first clear sign that Wu-Tang's pre-eminence may be waning. Without Bobby Digital working the track wizardry, Beneath the Surface is an odd amalgamation of RZA-wannabe tracks (courtesy of the Arabian Prince and Mathematics) that are starting to sound more and more like Swizz Beats every day. Gza's rhyme assaults still pack a wallop, but his album shows wear at the seams, bulging with impossibly high ambitions and uneven execution. Songs like "Breaker, Breaker," "Publicity," and "Hip Hop Fury" still burn hotter than Sahara summers, but it's not enough to help the entire LP catch fire. --Oliver Wang

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5.0 out of 5 stars Work of Genius April 28 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The fact he is not as reknown as his Wu-Counterpart is a shame; I'm starting to prefer the smoothness of his beats and the depth of his lyrics. You can feel the theme and thread behind every album and follow it, finger on the volume, ready to turn it up.

In short, this album is my favorite of his; it's nothing less than perfection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius's ingenius masterpiece April 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
Alot of people would argue with me for considering "Beneath the Surface" to be Genius's best work to date. His flow is just as well executed as "Liquid Swords" yet his lyrical content is decidely more mature and enlightening than the previous album. The gritty braggadio and war stories are replaced with a more complex focus on reflection and analyzation. The production, though Rza is phenomenal in his own right, fits the refined mentality of the Genius. In the place of hard breaks and chaotic atmosphere are lush strings and dark contemplative beats that act as the background for this prolific album. Genius's lyrics have never been more lucid or progressive as displayed on this masterpiece of an album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JUST LOOK!! April 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
Look at what everyone else has wrote about this album!!! and i can not dissagree!!!! it is a classic with a capital c!! the strong beats in breaker,breaker beneath the surface, and victim are pure genious!!! (get it? "genious"? oh forget it!!)
this is an essential for any wu-tang fan!!!!
utter class!!!!
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Format:Audio CD
Eminem is indeed an incredible lyricist, but even he would have to concide that the 'Genius' (aka Gza), has a fluency with lyrical words, that is nigh-on unsurpassed. Although his rhymes & Music never break into the mainstream market (they require too much careful investigation & Understanding, for mass market appeal), he is without question 'gifted' with such a talent.....the trademark "Wu tang" stuttered beats & strings arrangements with heavily synthesised samples are much in evidence here. (best exemplified, with title track "Beneath the Surface", which is as strong a candidate for (Hip-hop) Club anthem as any "Wu Tang" effort you care to mention). The album is proliferated with the growing fascination of 'Skits' (Humours interludes), that are nice breaks between big tracks (and don't suffer from a feeling of pointlessness that some Skits on other albums fall prone to)....before taking things 'Back to Business' on highlights tracks like "Crash Your Crew", "Breaker, Breaker" & "Stringplay" (with a collaboration with "Method Man"). If an artist is only as good as his album, then judged on "Genius's" album, he is most definitely a 'Class Act'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gza/Genius Still rocks Aug. 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Beneath the Surface album is exactly what everyone criticizes it for, not enough RZA production, but thats not a bad thing, the production on this album is amazing, and long evolved from the Liquid Swords endeavor, the beats are futuristic and its exactly what the title calls for, this deals with the here and now thru tomorrow, the skits, the song titles, everything, this is what its all about, the Genius is his namesake, he is a true genius when it comes to his music, he knows what to say, when to say it and how, and the additions of artists on this cd help it, and also market the far reaches of the WU-tang with its non-RZA production, and mostly the inclusion of new emcees...
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5.0 out of 5 stars I DID NOT LIKE IT Aug. 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
when I first heard it, but I LOVE this album now. I guess at the time I was expecting something along the lines of Liquid Swords. I listened to the album, without really listening to the lyrics, a few times and put it aside. Recently I put it on, and I wondered where I was the first time 'round. GZA's lyrics are just awesome - very well thought out and meaningful.
I don't really know why I didn't feel the beats before, because I really feel them now. However, it is the lyrics that make this album. You probably won't realise what's so good about the album at first, but take the time to listen to and dissect GZA's lyrics, and you will be blown away.
This album is a must buy if you like quality rap, with lyrics that carry a (meaningful) message other than "women and herbal infusions".
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4.0 out of 5 stars oh my god... April 19 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i heard some guy saying this album was mediocre. that guy knows nothing about rap. this album is the bom.
"...and the gza the genius , he's just a genius" with the beats with the rhymes with anything .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gza the Genius Dec 9 2002
By Jarrett
Format:Audio CD
Gza has to be the most underated rapper in the industry. His lyrics are crazy and his style is untouchable. The sound of his voice flowing over the well put together beats gots me listening to this cd a lot. I just can't get sick of it. Anyone who likes Wu-Tang has to have this album.
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