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Beneath the Surface Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics
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1999 album from Wu-Tang mainstay.
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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Top Customer Reviews
In short, this album is my favorite of his; it's nothing less than perfection.
Lyrics: Bottomline the lyrics on this album are unmatched. Unmatched. The flow he drops on each track are tight. Some insightful (title track). Some blazin' (Crash Ya Crew). Some metaphorical masterpieces (Mic Trippin').
Beats: This is where most are torn on this album. The beats are admittedly different from Liquid but not in a bad way to me. On this album there is a heavier influence of strings and pianos which gives it a more refined and polished sound which I like. In doing so however that underground, gritty and overall dirty feel of Liquid is missing which is what I think most were disappointed by. It's also the one of the two things I will say was better about Liquid. The other being more guests from Wu(the main nine members).
Length: I only hear a couple people complain about this sayin the album was short and GZA only drops one or two verses on most songs. Well I agree but it was also my same complaint with Liquid (both albums got about 13 songs). On songs with guests, GZA always drops one verse on both albums. On one of the tightest GZA (and Wu) songs ever, Shadowboxin', he's on their less than Meth (I wish their follow-up duet on Surface was as good, the only song I didn't care for).
Overall I just like more songs on Surface than on Liquid. In no way am I tryin to diminish the beyond classic status that Liquid Swords deserves just tryin to say Beneath the Surface is not beneath the swords or expectations.
Most recent customer reviews
Alot of people would argue with me for considering "Beneath the Surface" to be Genius's best work to date. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by The Sesh
Look at what everyone else has wrote about this album!!! and i can not dissagree!!!! it is a classic with a capital c!! Read morePublished on April 26 2004
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2003 by M. Patel
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2003 by Lizard Man
i heard some guy saying this album was mediocre. that guy knows nothing about rap. this album is the bom.
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Gza has to be the most underated rapper in the industry. His lyrics are crazy and his style is untouchable. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2002 by Jarrett
I'm a big wu fan, and I was dissapointed when some albums would have good beats-but bad lyrics (Killa Beez-The Sting) and others would have amazing lyrics, bad beats (Killah... Read morePublished on July 29 2002
This is a huge step down from Liquid Swordz, but it is still pretty dope. The production is pretty weak on some tracks (the boring repetetive "Crash Ya Crew"), but GZA... Read morePublished on June 26 2002 by GibbonsGibbons
The GZA is one of the hottest emcees the wu tang family and this album, although it is no Liquid Swords, it still has some bangin beats and showcases an intelligence that is... Read morePublished on April 30 2002 by krysalist