GZA

Spaceland Presents

GZA

Chester Watson, SIMS

Mon August 14, 2017

8:00 pm

The Regent Theater

Los Angeles, CA

$22.50 advance, $30 day of show

This event is 18 and over

GZA
GZA
Genius / GZA or simply GZA (pronouced 'jizza'), was born on August 22, 1966 in Brooklyn, New-York. He is an African-American rapper, member of hip-hop supergroup Wu-Tang Clan. He is known for his elaborate metaphors and his constant use of skillful wordplay. GZA is a great chess player and he is also the oldest member of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Before the well-acclaimed "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)", he dropped "Words From The Genius" on legendary label Cold Chillin', but the album, however, was a flop. In 1995 he released the dark, kung-fu inspired, but still widely-acclaimed "Liquid Swords", that is considered one of the best Wu-Tang solo albums alongside Raekwon's "Only Built For Cuban Linx". He then dropped "Beneath The Surface" and "Legend Of The Liquid Sword, in 1999 and 2002, respectively, that weren't as succesfull as his second solo album. In 2004 he appeared, with his cousin RZA, alongside actor Bill Murray in Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee And Cigarettes", which was a movie casting actors such as Cate Blanchet and Alfred Molina. Genius / GZA also worked with DJ Muggs on an album named "Grandmasters" in 2005, that "confronted" GZA's sharp lyrical skills to Muggs' production mastery and his versatility. This project was critically acclaimed. Also in 2005, Genius / GZA signed with Babygrande Records and is currently working onto another project called "The GZA Presents".
Chester Watson
Chester Watson
One of the most gifted teenaged rappers this side of Earl, Nas, or Andre. The Monotone Samurai, the leader of Nu Age, lungs black as his irises, a young searcher wrestling with the present and future. Chester Watson is an adolescent gypsy that skated through St. Louis, Georgia, and Florida, blessed with a wild imagination, precocity, and a dark temperament. He re-imagined himself as a cursed black Pharaoh covered in golden scarabs, an enigma with wings, spitting raps as hot as Guatemalan springs. A new anti-hero with venom, the beast hallucinated on ayahuasca or just too much liquor. As Watson says himself, “the best villain since Mad-V.”

He creates dusted and damaged psychedelic music, ideal for imprecations and illicit behavior, baleful hymns and bleak parables. Rap for warm-hearted skeptics and seekers, smokers and sippers

"One of the best new musicians" - Complex

"A Florida teenager who sits so comfortably and skillfully amongst his influences that he already feels like their peer." -Pitchfork
SIMS
SIMS
Life
and
loss
and
dance
parties.
Sex
and
love
and
fractal
math.
Sims
wrote
More
Than
Ever
last
winter
in
the
wake
of
some
personally
trying
times:
death
and
sickness
in
his
immediate
circle
of
friends
and
family.
And
he
decided
that
the
only
acceptable
answer
to
big
loss
is
big
joy—urgent,
defiant,
unapologetic
joy.
The
thirteen
tracks
on
More
Than
Ever
capture
Sims
coming
to,
and
living
out,
that
conclusion.
Sims
grew
up
in
Minnesota,
an
active
part
of
the
busy
and
fiercely
independent
Minneapolis
hip-­‐hop
scene.
In
high
school,
he
made
friends
with
the
classmates
that
would
eventually
become
his
cohorts
in
Doomtree—the
seven-­‐member
rap
collective
now
responsible
for
some
of
this
era’s
most
interesting,
genre-­‐defying
releases.
Over
the
past
decade
Sims
has
released
a
host
of
projects,
both
as
a
solo
artist
(Lights
Out
Paris,
Bad
Time
Zoo,
Wild
Life
EP,
Field
Notes)
and
as
a
member
of
Doomtree
(No
Kings,
All
Hands,
and
many
others.)
He’s
toured
the
world
from
Pittsburgh
to
Prague,
playing
festivals
like
Glastonbury,
Riot
Fest,
and
SXSW.
He’s
earned
and
re-­‐earned
his
reputation
as
a
thoughtful
artist
with
an
unstoppable
live
show.
(When
he
calls
"both
hands
up-­‐-­‐now
both
feet
up”
rooms
around
the
world
have
felt
their
floorboards
flex
as
the
entire
crowd
goes
airborne.)
To
create
More
Than
Ever,
Sims
enlisted
the
unrelenting
and
adventurous
production
of
Lazerbeak,
Paper
Tiger,
and
ICETEP.
Sometimes
take-­‐no-­‐prisoners,
sometimes
take-­‐the-­‐slow-­‐road,
the
drums
are
crushing
and
the
soundscapes
are
expansive.
After
many
long
days
and
nights
sequestered
in
his
South
Minneapolis
basement,
Sims
emerged
with
the
most
honest
first-­‐person
account
he's
ever
recorded-­‐-­‐he
wrestles
with
some
demons,
faces
down
his
doubts,
and
allows
us
in
on
the
dirty
work
of
change
and
growth
and
revelation.
But,
true
to
form,
he
does
it
with
swagger,
wit,
and
bar-­‐crushing
style.
Huge
ideas,
concisely
delivered
over
epic
bangers
without
ever
feeling
overwrought.
On
songs
like
“Brutal
Dance”
and
“OneHundred”
Sims
crafts
an
earnest
mission
statement
while
the
razor
sharp
wordplay,
insight,
and
quick
quips
prevent
him
from
ever
taking
himself
too
seriously.
The
result
is
a
45-­‐minute
rollercoaster
through
the
highest
highs,
the
lowest
lows,
and
all
of
the
love
and
hope
between
them.

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