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Harvard Wu-niversity: GZA Brainstorming With Smart Kids For New Album Inspiration


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Harvard University, not content with sitting idly while Georgetown and their Jay-Z course were packing classrooms, has entered the 36 Chambers to offer their own hip-hop-oriented class. Instead of just teaching a class on Wu-Tang, however, the Ivy League school has gone one step further by actually recruiting GZA, a.k.a. The Genius, to serve as guest lecturer at the Harvard Black Men's Forum on December 1st. The rapper, who's easily the most scholarly member of the Wu, will discuss his creative process and participate in a Q&A, HipHop DX reports. If there's time left over, he'll hopefully also provide chess tutorials and read selections from the Wu Manual. And like any perspective college student with a 4.0 GPA touring the Boston area for higher education, GZA will also visit MIT, but for an entirely different reason.

GZA will stop by the Massachusetts Institute Technology's Media Lab and Broad Institute to pick the minds of the brainiacs there and gather up inspiration for his new album, due out in 2012. Two weeks ago on GZA's Facebook page, the rapper wrote "Signed, sealed, delivered," which many thought was a hint that the Genius' next album was complete. Instead, the Stevie Wonder lyric signaled that GZA had re-upped his contract with Babygrande Records, who will release GZA's follow-up to 2009's 'Pro Tools' next year. It's long been rumored, even by the Wu member himself, that his next album will 'Liquid Swords 2: The Return of the Shadowboxer,' but it appears as though that album has been delayed yet again.

Maybe someone at MIT will point out to GZA that 1995's 'Liquid Swords' already has a part two, 2002's 'Legend of the Liquid Sword', and that 'Liquid Swords 2: The Return of the Shadowboxer' would really be 'Liquid Swords 3'. That little arithmetic oversight isn't stopping GZA from plotting another 'Liquid Swords' sequel, unless he's going for a 'Breaking Dawn, Part One and Two' thing. Then it makes sense.

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