With the recently reissued Liquid Swords, GZA wrote what many would consider the crown jewel of the impeccable run of first wave Wu-Tang solo albums that began with Method Man’s Tical and ended with Ghostface’s Ironman nearly two years later. They don’t call him a genius for nothing: These days, he’s mixing performances and recording with keynote lectures at MIT and the EMP Pop Conference. Stay for him, but make sure you arrive early enough to catch Killer Mike (pictured), the Atlanta stomper whose latest, R.A.P. Music, features fierce political rhymes over impenetrable El-P beats. With Bear Hands and Sweet Valley.
Thu., Oct. 18, 7 p.m., 2012