- "That's Mr. GZA to you"
When you’re known to friends and fans as “The Genius,” you have a lot to live up to. And for nearly 20 years, the Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA has been proving himself time and time again. He may not be as bombastic or as colorful as Wu affiliates Ghostface Killah, Method Man, or Raekwon, but GZA’s lyrical skills wipe out the need for such theatrics. Flow alone has earned GZA his place alongside hip-hop’s best. From 1995’s Liquid Swords to 2008’s Pro Tools, GZA has excelled at crafting clever similes and vivid street vignettes. With a relaxed, battle-rap style, the MC settles perfectly into the role of Wu-Tang’s wise older brother. The RZA-produced Liquid Swords 2 is scheduled to drop sometime later this year. GZA, with Muamin Collective and All Day Recess, play the Grog Shop at 9 p.m. Tickets: $15; 216-321-5588.—Matt Whelihan
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