RZA Said GZA Was worthy Of A Pulitzer By Writing In "Liquid Swords" And "Beneath the Surface"
"Everything that he did to me, that I was at a genius level of writing," Abbott says.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Kendrick Lamar became the first Hip Hop artist to receive a Pulitzer Prize for his much-heralded album of DAMN. In a recent interview, the founder of the iconic Wu-Tang Clan, RZA, shared his congratulations — and the emotion that the culture was finally being recognized by a high-minded institution.
"I am glad that in today's society Kendrick Lamar, who has come to be considered one of the best and most poignant lyricists out there, you can win that prize," RZA said in a conversation with time out of Miami. According to Abbott, he always felt the writing itself was a big component, and that many of the classics in the pantheon of Hip Hop have been deserving of the same honor.
"When I go back and see some of the lyrics that GZA wrote on the Liquid Swords and Beneath the Surface, some of the writings that he did was well-deserving," he says. "Take a song like "Fame", where each verse, and each line is somebody's name. All that he did to me, that I was at a genius level of writing."
"A lot of [classic] albums may have been overlooked because hip-hop was not looked upon [as valid a form of art]," he continued. "I'm so proud of Kendrick, and I think that is great. I'm glad that finally turned his eyes to us."
Launched in 1995, GZA's Liquid Swords has gone on to win the distinction of not only being one of the best of Wu-Tang Clan album of all time, but one of the best albums of rap period. His successor, Beneath the Surface, topped the Billboard US Top R&B/Hip-Hop album Charts upon its release in 1999.
In another part of the interview, RZA shared a message to Jeff sessions, who — according to the Department of Justice has the last word on the fate of the one-of-a-kind once Upon a Time in Shaolin album: "Wu-Tang Clan ain't nothing to fuck. And I'm going to leave as well".