Interview with GZA

Interview with GZA
Besides being a part of the Wu-Tang you have also done a lot of independent work. Do you feel that you do better work as one of the large team or independently?

I work better probably independently because there is a lot more work to do. There is more to cover. There is more work, more time, more focus on me. I get to do more. I don’t know. I don’t work that well with others. Alone I get to write a lot. Usually I like to write a lot.

When you begun your career there were much less underground Hip Hop acts than today. What do you think about the underground market saturation now?

It is saturated, but it’s always been like that. Everything that people do will be saturated. All depends on whether you like it or not. It’s at a point right now where everyone is packaging their own CDs, making their own beats. 20 years ago people were trying to find someone who had a studio to make a demo. Nowadays people are making whole CDs themselves. So of course it’s saturated but its more out there, it gives you a chance to do more. A lot of it is bullshit, but it gives you more control over your stuff, gives a chance to grow.

Are there any specific acts that have gained popularity recently that you like?

I don’t know, who’s out there? Tell me who’s out there?

Papoose…

I mean he’s out there, he’s doing his thing, he’s consistent.

Saigon…

Oh, Saigon, I met him not too long ago, but he’s not that new, he’s got some albums out there…
I like Lupe Fiasco… There is a lot out there. I like a lot of stuff. Talib Kweli, Mos Def. You know?

What new acts do you feel have the skills similar to the Wu members that you would have hypothetically liked to have seen as a part of Wu-Tang?

I don’t know. I’m not too familiar with the new acts. There are some songs I like, there are some that could be worked on, but I can’t even name the newcomers, really.

Hip Hop has always delivered various messages. What are the most important messages found in Hip Hop today?

Peace, love, unity. You know? Harmony.

Do you enjoy today’s Hip Hop in general?

Some I could take and some I could leave alone. That’s how it is. I don’t listen to a lot of what’s out there…