IT WAS ON THIS DATE FEBRUARY 19, 1992 THE GZA THEN KNOWN AS THE GENIUS RELEASED HIS DEBUT ALBUM WORDS FROM THE GENIUS.

Words from the Genius

Words from the Genius

Words from the Genius is the debut studio album by the American rapper GZA, under his previous stage name “The Genius”. The album never charted, and GZA went on to co-found the Wu-Tang Clan in 1992 after the album’s failure.

Words from the Genius

Word From The Genius original cover.jpg

Studio album by The Genius

ReleasedFebruary 19, 1991

Recorded 1990

GenreHip-hop

Length 63:39

LabelCold Chillin’/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records
26475

ProducerEasy Mo Bee, Patrick Harvey, Jesse West

The Genius chronology

Words from the Genius (1991)

Liquid Swords (1995)

Rerelease cover

Words From The Genius (1994 re-release)

Words From The Genius (1994 re-release)

Professional ratings

Review scores Source Rating

AllMusic[1]

Music City(favorable)[2]

Album background

It was released on February 19, 1991. It is significant as one of the few albums released by a Wu-Tang Clan member before the founding of the group in late 1992 and only one of two pre- Wu-Tang clan releases any of the members recorded with a major label (the other is Ooh, I Love You, Rakeem EP by Prince Rakeem (RZA).

Album re-release

It was re-released in 1994, with the song “Come Do Me” replaced by “Pass the Bone.” Both versions are now out of print. In 2006, an expanded version was released by Traffic Entertainment Group, the owner of the bulk of the Cold Chillin’ Records catalog.

“I was signed to Cold Chillin’ ’bout five years ago,” GZA recalled in 1995. “They put out an album but didn’t promote it. They tried to put it out again last year after everything happened with the Clan, put a ’94 date on it, but still didn’t put any money behind it, so it didn’t sell twice. I’m still proud of it, though. The beats ain’t all that but, lyrically, shit was bangin’. So it wasn’t all peaches and cream, but I was determined to break through. ‘A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits.'”

Track listing

No. Title Producer(s) Length

1.”Come Do Me”Jesse West 4:47

2.”Phony As Ya Wanna Be”Easy Mo Bee 5:04

3.”True Fresh M.C.”Easy Mo Bee 3:39

4.”The Genius Is Slammin'”Easy Mo Bee 4:23

5.”Words from a Genius”Easy Mo Bee 5:05

6.”Who’s Your Rhymin’ Hero”Patrick Harvey 4:34

7.”Feel the Pain”Easy Mo Bee 3:39

8.”Those Were the Days”Easy Mo Bee 4:37

9.”Life of a Drug Dealer”Easy Mo Bee 3:39

10.”Stop the Nonsense”Easy Mo Bee 3:41

11.”Living Foul”Easy Mo Bee 4:22

12.”Drama”Easy Mo Bee 3:59

13.”Stay Out of Bars”Patrick Harvey 3:55

14.”What Are Silly Girls Made of”Patrick Harvey 4:32

15.”Superfreak”Patrick Harvey 4:38

1994 Re-release

No. Title Producer(s) Length

1.”Pass the Bone” (featuring Prince Rakeem)Prince RakeemThe Genius 3:52

2.”Life of a Drug Dealer”Easy Mo Bee 3:39

3.”The Genius Is Slammin'”Easy Mo Bee 4:23

4.”Those Were the Days”Easy Mo Bee 4:37

5.”What Silly Girls Are Made of”Patrick Harvey 4:32

6.”Living Foul”Easy Mo Bee 4:22

7.”Words from the Genius”Easy Mo Bee 5:05

8.”Who’s Your Rhymin’ Hero”Patrick Harvey 4:34

9.”Phony As You Wanna Be”Easy Mo Bee 5:04

10.”Stop the Nonsense”Easy Mo Bee 3:41

11.”Superfreak”Patrick Harvey 4:38

12.”Stay Out of Bars”Patrick Harvey 3:55

2006 Re-release

No. Title Producer(s) Length

1.”Come Do Me”Jesse West 4:47

2.”Phony As Ya Wanna Be”Easy Mo Bee 5:04

3.”True Fresh M.C.”Easy Mo Bee 3:39

4.”The Genius Is Slammin'”Easy Mo Bee 4:23

5.”Words from the Genius”Easy Mo Bee 5:05

6.”Who’s Your Rhymin’ Hero”Patrick Harvey 4:34

7.”Feel the Pain”Easy Mo Bee 3:39

8.”Those Were the Days”Easy Mo Bee 4:37

9.”Life of a Drug Dealer”Easy Mo Bee 3:39

10.”Stop the Nonsense”Easy Mo Bee 3:41

11.”Living Foul”Easy Mo Bee 4:22

12.”Drama”Easy Mo Bee 3:59

13.”Stay Out the Bars”Patrick Harvey 3:55

14.”What Are Silly Girls Made of”Patrick Harvey 4:32

15.”Superfreak”Patrick Harvey 4:38

16.”Pass the Bone” (featuring Prince Rakeem)The GeniusPrince Rakeem 3:52

17.”Words from the Genius” (Prince Rakeem Remix)Prince Rakeem 3:31

18.”Come Do Me” (Dub Remix)Jesse West, Melquan 4:50

References

  1. ^ Jason Birchmeier. “Words from the Genius – The Genius | Songs, Reviews, Credits”. AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  2. ^ “Genius – Words From The Genius : the album description, tracks, reviews”. Music-city.org. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  3. ^ Select, January 1996

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