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GZA and The Genius are the stage names of Gary Earl Grice, an American rapper and songwriter.
GZA is a founder of the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan and the group's 'spiritual head,' having received a record deal first among other members and being the group's oldest member. GZA has maintained a steady solo career, releasing albums such as 'Liquid Swords' (1995) and 'Beneath The Surface' (1999).
Gary is also known for uniquely fusing physics with rap. He is a science nerd striving to encourage young people to learn science through hip hop by writing scientific raps and competing in rap battles. His album 'Waxxx' featured a controversial song 'Paper Plates' that targeted rival rapper 50 Cent.
GZA has an estimated net worth of $18 million.
Details on the annual income of GZA are unavailable.
GZA is 5 ft 11 in (182 cm) tall.
GZA was born in the year 1966 and will turn 56 in August 2022. Every year on August 22, he celebrates his birthday. He was born under the zodiac sign of Leo.
Gary Earl Grice was born in New York City on August 22, 1966. He hasn't revealed much about his early years, and exactly how many siblings he has is unknown. When he was a teenager, he went to block parties in the early '70s and became interested in hip hop.
Regarding his educational qualifications, he completed ninth grade and dropped out in the middle of 10th grade.
GZA has not revealed much of his personal information to the public; hence, his relationship status is unknown.
Gary started honing his craft in high school when he formed a trio with his cousins Russell Jones, also known as Ol' Dirty Bastard, and Robert Diggs, also known as RZA. The group performed at local events, rapping and DJing. They would travel around New York City, engaging in duels with other MCs. He dropped out of 10th grade later but continued to pursue his interest in science while honing his lyrical talents. In the year 1991, he released his first solo album named 'Words From The Genius.' He also began going by the name The Genius and signed with Cold Chillin' Records.
After a year, he joined his cousin Robert Diggs' freshly founded group, Wu-Tang Clan, a nine-member group led by his cousin RZA. He renamed himself GZA. Loud Records released the group's debut album 'Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' on November 9, 1993. The album features four singles: the first, 'Protect Ya Neck,' and the second, 'Method Man,' which charted at number 17 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart and number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The third, 'C.R.E.A.M.,' and the fourth, ' Can It Be All So Simple.' The album song 'C.R.E.A.M' and the fourth single 'Can It Be All So Simple' topped the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales list and hit 24 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart, respectively. 'Clan In Da Front,' a solo track, was also released.
Gary's style exemplifies the use of rap and science to promote each other and how youngsters can also benefit from music. He lectured at Harvard University in 2010 and has subsequently visited NYU, Cornell, USC, Oxford, and MIT.
Although he has not won any awards yet, his group, Wu-Tang Clan, has been nominated for the 1998 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album, losing to Puff Daddy.
GZA has been interested in reading and writing since he was a child, and he particularly enjoyed nursery rhymes and fairy tales such as Mother Goose. He is still a huge science nerd and tries to incorporate science facts in his songwriting.
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