Artist: GZA/Genius feat. RZA and Masta Killa Track: "Pencil" Album: Pro Tools Listen

At times the most clever and furious member of Wu-Tang Clan, GZA returns from a rather long hiatus with a studio album that is dark, musty and brooding, with many good beats. In that sense, it sounds like a good Wu release -- the kind that fans turned off by 8 Diagrams were searching for. However, sometimes when The Genius tries to sound serious, his storytelling rhymes come off a bit clumsy. I'll have to wait to hear it in full before I judge it properly. Right now, it sounds like a solid, though haphazard, mixtape.

Most of the album is streaming at the above link, and your best shot at seeing him live is at Oberlin College on Sept. 9.