Words from the Genius

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Words from the Genius
Word From The Genius original cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 19, 1991
LabelCold Chillin'/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records
ProducerEasy Mo Bee, Patrick Harvey, Jesse West
The Genius chronology
Words from the Genius
Liquid Swords
Rerelease cover
Words From The Genius (1994 re-release)
Words From The Genius (1994 re-release)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Music City(favorable)[2]

Words from the Genius is the debut studio album by the American rapper GZA, under his previous stage name "The Genius". The album never charted, and GZA went on to join Wu-Tang Clan in 1992 after the album's failure.

Album background[edit]

It was released on February 19, 1991. It is historically significant as one of the only albums released by a Wu-Tang Clan member before the founding of the group in late 1992 and only one of two pre- Wu-Tang clan releases any of the members recorded with a major label (the other is Ooh, I Love You, Rakeem EP by Prince Rakeem (RZA).

Album re-release[edit]

It was re-released in 1994, with the song "Come Do Me" replaced by "Pass the Bone." Both versions are now out of print. In 2006, an expanded version was released by Traffic Entertainment Group, the owner of the bulk of the Cold Chillin' Records catalog.

"I was signed to Cold Chillin' 'bout five years ago," GZA recalled in 1995. "They put out an album but didn't promote it. They tried to put it out again last year after everything happened with the Clan, put a '94 date on it, but still didn't put any money behind it, so it didn't sell twice. I'm still proud of it, though. The beats ain't all that but, lyrically, shit was bangin'. So it wasn't all peaches and cream, but I was determined to break through. 'A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits.'"[3]

Track listing[edit]

1."Come Do Me"Jesse West4:47
2."Phony As Ya Wanna Be"Easy Mo Bee5:04
3."True Fresh M.C."Easy Mo Bee3:39
4."The Genius Is Slammin'"Easy Mo Bee4:23
5."Words from a Genius"Easy Mo Bee5:05
6."Who's Your Rhymin' Hero"Patrick Harvey4:34
7."Feel the Pain"Easy Mo Bee3:39
8."Those Were the Days"Easy Mo Bee4:37
9."Life of a Drug Dealer"Easy Mo Bee3:39
10."Stop the Nonsense"Easy Mo Bee3:41
11."Living Foul"Easy Mo Bee4:22
12."Drama"Easy Mo Bee3:59
13."Stay Out of Bars"Patrick Harvey3:55
14."What Are Silly Girls Made of"Patrick Harvey4:32
15."Superfreak"Patrick Harvey4:38


  1. ^ Jason Birchmeier. "Words from the Genius - The Genius | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  2. ^ "Genius - Words From The Genius : the album description, tracks, reviews". Music-city.org. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  3. ^ Select, January 1996