DJ Muggs Vs. GZA The Genius – Grandmasters

I had occasion to spend all day in the Man Cave on Sunday, tidying up and organizing. It was glorious. I’m sure you agree just how awesome it is to be able to be surrounded with music… just organizing… And of course, I rocked several albums over the course of those sweet, sweet hours… Let’s have a look…

Sunday Man Cave Series, Part 1

I’d have a hard time picking a favourite Wu-Tang member (I mean, why choose?), but at gunpoint I’d always say GZA.

DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill, Soul Assassins, many others)’s beats are pitch-perfect, and razor-sharp. His work here is gorgeous. And GZA’s lyrics are truly superb, and his flow bang-on. I could listen to him rap all day. Wu members and associates are here too.

This chess-themed beauty is the real deal.


PS From Wiki:

“”Chess is the ultimate board game. Monopoly is not in its league and Checkers doesn’t compare at all. It’s civilized war. It’s a mathematical thing, its science, and it’s strategy. That’s life all the time. Just planning your day, being ten steps ahead and seeing the moves ahead. That’s what chess is about. I’m not the greatest player. I’m not a master or a grandmaster. I lose a lot, but I learn. I’ve been defeated plenty times. I play online and I might have 900 wins and 850 losses but I play all the time. The game is fascinating and I am captivated by that. The album I just dropped is called Grandmasters. That’s the highest level you reach when playing chess and it’s also the highest level of emceeing, producing and deejaying. Most of the titles are chess slang ‘Queen’s Gambit,’ ‘Destruction of a Guard,’ ‘Unprotected Pieces,’ and ‘Illusionary Protection.’ I incorporate chess into certain rhymes. I use chess all time. Chess is a big part of what I do.” – GZA”

8 thoughts on “DJ Muggs Vs. GZA The Genius – Grandmasters

  1. Tangled Up In Music says:

    Great album. When I was listening to it first I felt the beats were a bit too old-fashioned for 2005, but then I thought what the hell, not everything needs to be current. Plus, they’re a perfect fit for GZA’s more “mature” lyrics here, his most metaphor-filled up to that point. Queen’s Gambit is a head-spinning favorite.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      I wonder if maybe the ‘older-sounding’ beats were on purpose. After all, the Wu is all about using those old shaolin sounds! 😉

      GZA is fantastic here, it’s true. I’ve spun this one again since and it’s a keeper for sure.

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  2. J. says:

    I don’t think the Wu have anyone who isn’t, at the top of their game, peerless. Each bring their own thing, which means it’s impossible for me to pick a favourite. I do own more Ghostface albums than Rarkwon, GZA, Method Man, or RZA albums right enough. Not aware of this one, I think I only have his first one… which is just about perfect!


    1. keepsmealive says:

      You’re right about the Wu, man. They’re all really something else! I just love that sound. Other than Wu main albums, I’d say I own more RZA than anything else, but that’s not difficult – he’s a prolific fellow! Did you see him in Man With The Iron Fists?


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Me too, I love that game (I suck at it worse than him, according to his statement). Chessboxin’ goes way back for the Wu boys, eh?

      This album also comes as an instrumental collection. Copies here are over $50. I’d love to find it, gonna add it to my Grail List!


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