Wu-Tang Clan: Kung-Fu Flicks that Inspired their Names

GZA/The Genius

GZA/The Genius x Kung Fu Genius (1979)

When I mentioned in the intro that I am 100% 95% certain about seven of nine members while only being pretty confident about the other two, the GZA falls into this latter category. First off, based upon Supreme Alphabet terminology, GZA stands for “GOD ZIG-ZAG-ZIG ALLAH”. The Genius launched his debut album Words from the Genius in 1991, before he ever stylized himself as the GZA. Though I cannot be certain that his alias is based on any specific kung fu flick, there just so happens to be a film conveniently titled Kung Fu Genius (天才功夫, 1979) with Cliff Lok (古龍) in the starring role.

Until proven otherwise, I believe this is a pretty good guess.

“That’s what you get when you misuse what I invent
Your empire falls and you lose every cent
For trying to blow up a scrub
Now that thought was just as bright as a 20-watt light bulb”

Protect Ya Neck, GZA/The Genius

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