WTF: GZA backed by Black Lips for a second at SXSW

GZA is a phenomenal rapper, and principal member of the popular rap group Wu-Tang Clan. The Black Lips are a fairly good neo-blues indie rock band from Atlanta, GA. How the two came together for a performance at this year’s South by Southwest is beyond me, but it happened last Friday. Yes, these things apparently happen places other than a N.A.S.A album.

The fact that GZA and the Black Lips did get together is certainly enough to raise some eyebrows, but even stranger is how much of a fail it appears to have been. Sadly, GZA seems to stumble through classics such as the Liquid Swords gems “Duel of the Iron Mic” and “Living in the World Today” or ODB’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”. It’s hard to tell what’s going on as the band seems to stop playing at times, though the pair-up actually sounds somewhat decent at others. Why this occurred seems to be confusing, but at least it provides us with some speculation and a little entertainment:

“Duel of the Iron Mic”

“Shimmy Shimmy Ya”

In an Ideal world this would have been a humungous success. Sadly, the world is pretty imperfect and the effect was simply confusing. It’s worth a watch, however, and probably would have been cool live.


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