This might be the chance you’ve been waiting for. You can now appear on the next GZA album. Parallel to the launch of his new website (not online yet) next week, GZA is challenging fans and talents to “put their MC skills to the test” in a contest called “Duel of the Iron Mic”, to be used in a track that goes by the same name. The winner of the contest, picked by GZA himself, will appear on the next GZA album.
The first “chamber” of the contest involves rapping the first verse of the classic track “Liquid Swords”, recording it on video, uploading it to Vimeo, and posting it on GZA’s website. There will be more “chambers” to the contest, to be revealed. More info about the contest will be announced when the website launches.
A statement from the rapper:
“This contest was inspired by my countless tours all over the world where I would see my fans, many of them non-English speakers, reciting every lyric of the song back to me. It’s become clear to me that my music is appealing to a whole new generation: I’ve had a bunch of people tell me that they first heard my album because their parents listened to it. That might make some artists feel old but I’m happy that my music is still relevant today. I am honored that Liquid Swords the song and album have been so widely embraced for so long. This contest is one way of giving back to my fans, of letting them share their take on the record.”
After his recent lectures at MIT on “hip-hop as civic media,” and his three-day Harvard/MIT tour discussing subjects from “genomic origami” to DNA proteins with scientific researchers, he is now ready to drop more knowledge.
According to an interview he had with the Rolling Stone magazine about the Wu-Tang Clan‘s future or lack thereof. He says, “we haven’t been on the same page in years,” adding, “It is what it is. Sometimes that match burns out… I don’t feel bad about it. It’s good. I’m grateful for everything we have done throughout our careers and if there’s nothing else to put out, then there’s nothing to put out.”