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GZA: MIT & Harvard Trip Is Filled With Scientists & Rap

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There’s a reason Wu-Tang founder GZA is known as the Genius.

The 45-year-old rap legend has earned his title, perhaps most of his Wu-brethren, due to his terse, tactile lyricism, and role as the wise consigiliere of the Clan, so it should come as no surprise to fans that his recent lecture at Harvard’s Black Men’s Forum turned into a three-day tour of Harvard and nearby MIT’s science labs.

The Boston Globe tagged along with the ‘Liquid Swords’ rapper, as he met with MIT professor and marine biologist Penny Chisholm, Philip Richardson — an oceanographer who studies the mysterious flight of abilities of the albatross — dined with Harvard biologists, with whom he discussed his ideal drinking water alkalinity (8.5), checked out a genome sequencer and learned how DNA makes proteins, and frequently discussed his music with a bunch of fellow geniuses.

The conversations that ensued are far too trippy for us to relate, but you can check out the Globe’s full coverage here. And remember, as the GZA once said, “Time is a terrible thing to waste, so the mind must think at a peaceful pace.”

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