Every rap track must have a solid backbeat, which can be composed of the sound of drums, handclaps, or birds flying into glass doors. Feel the rhythm with this GrouponLive deal to see GZA perform Liquid Swords, with Sweet Valley, Killer Mike, and Bear Hands at Sound Academy. For $20, you get one G-Pass for general admission on Saturday, September 15, at 8 p.m. (up to a $32 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
As one of the founding members of Wu-Tang Clan, GZA, or the Genius, has roused hip-hop fans for the past two decades with a steady flow of raw, straight-from-the-street wisdom laced with soul-music samples and vivid kung-fu imagery. Recognized by AllMusic as one of the best lyricists to emerge during the 1990s, the veteran wordsmith unpacks his panoply of rhymes as he performs his gold-selling classic album Liquid Swords track-to-track, front-to-back.
Often considered the finest of the many Wu-Tang solo records, Liquid Swords was born into acclaim in 1995. The album has since landed atop many critics’ lists, even scoring a spot on the Guardian's 1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die list and earning a perfect 10 rating from the notoriously picky graders of Pitchfork upon its special-edition rerelease. Working the mic with gangster swagger and an auctioneer’s verbosity, GZA brings his dark record to life over a bed of RZA’s hypnotic beats and samples from the film Shogun Assassin. Hip-hop favourites such as "Shadowboxin' and "Cold World" absorb fans into an atmospheric soundscape laden with metaphors about chess and the pointlessness of backgammon.
Brooklyn’s Sweet Valley, the latest project from Nathan Williams of the popular indie surf band Wavves, starts the show with a set of dense, experimental hip hop before fellow borough dwellers Bear Hands bring angular post-punk variety to the evening. Rounding out the eclectic bill, Outkast and T.I. cohort Killer Mike gives audiences a hefty taster of gruff and ruthless Atlanta rap, including cuts from this year’s unanimously praised R.A.P. Music.
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.