Beneath the Surface
Beneath the Surface
Studio album by GZA


29 June 1999


Hip hop




MCA Records


Arabian Knight, GZA (exec.), Inspectah Deck, John the Baptist, Mathematics, RZA (also exec.)

GZA chronology


Liquid Swords (1995)


Legend of the Liquid Sword (2002)

Beneath the Surface is the third solo album by American rapper GZA, released in 1999 on MCA Records. It features guest appearances from various Wu-Tang Clan members and affiliates, including Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, RZA and Killah Priest. The album was primarily produced by Mathematics and Arabian Knight, with additional tracks produced by Inspectah Deck, RZA and John the Baptist. 

The album peaked at #9 on the US Billboard 200, and #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. To date, it is GZA's only album to peak at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, while it ties his previous effort Liquid Swords as his highest charting album on the Billboard 200. 

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Intro" - - 1:16
2. "Amplified Sample" GZA Mathematics 3:31
3. "Beneath the Surface" GZA, Killah Priest, Res Inspectah Deck 4:29
4. "Skit #1" - - 0:37
5. "Skit #2" - - 0:31
6. "Crash Your Crew" GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard John the Baptist 3:07
7. "Breaker, Breaker" GZA Arabian Knight 3:38
8. "High Price, Small Reward" GZA Mathematics 1:43
9. "Hip Hop Fury" GZA, RZA, Hell Razah, Timbo King, Dreddy Kruger Arabian Knight 3:44
10. "Skit #3" - - 0:47
11. "1112" GZA, Masta Killa, Killah Priest, Njeri Earth RZA 4:18
12. "Skit #4" - - 0:45
13. "Victim" GZA, Njeri Earth Arabian Knight 4:04
14. "Publicity" GZA Mathematics 2:37
15. "Feel Like an Enemy" GZA, Hell Razah, Killah Priest, Trigga, Prodigal Sunn Mathematics 3:12
16. "Stringplay (Like This, Like That)" GZA, Method Man Arabian Knight 3:18
17. "Mic Trippin" GZA Mathematics 2:59
18. "Outro" - Arabian Knight 1:34
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