Philadelphia welcomed The Genius GZA back to the Trocadero last Saturday evening, and what a welcome it was. two.one.five magazine took some time out to interview the legend (Read the entire interview here).
Killer Mike got the crowd ready with songs like “Ronald Regan” and “Southern Fried,” and by the time GZA took the stage, the place was electrified.
Long considered the spiritual leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and celebrated as a gifted lyricist, GZA performed his critically acclaimed album “Liquid Swords” in its entirety, at one point jumping down into the pit and performing amidst his fans. When he ended the set with “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin’ ta F’wit”, the crowd went nuts. In an exclusive interview, two.one.five had the chance to sit down with the Genius himself to chat about his music and what it’s like being one of Hip Hop’s most influential figures.
two.one.five magazine: Welcome back to Philadelphia. How do you feel about being back here?
GZA: I love Philly. But I don’t eat cheesesteaks.
two.one.five: You come through here a few times a year. Is there anything that you like to do or see around Philly?
GZA: I haven’t really done anything. I don’t eat steaks, I don’t eat meat. Maybe in ’93, I probably had one back then. I haven’t been to the zoo. Sometimes I like to go to the zoo, even though it’s cruelty to animals. But I think my most memorable trip or most meaningful trip to Philly was when I was about 7 years old, because I got to see the Liberty Bell, I was in 2nd grade, and I saw the Declaration of Independence. The Liberty Bell was the one that stood out the most to me.