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'.