Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz appeared with Wu Tang Clan member GZA at Brooklyn Borough Hall today to announce the lineup for the 2012 Northside Festival. Mr. Markowitz kicked things off by giving “my take on the first verse” of GZA’s biggest hit single, “Liquid Swords.”
“Through cyclones or typhoons, I represent Brooklyn from midnight to high noon,” Mr. Markowitz rapped in his trademark Brooklynese. “I don’t waste ink, I think, I drop ‘fuggedaboutits’ faster than you blink.”
“You know, most people associate Wu Tang with Staten Island, or Shaolin, but actually I’m a native of Brooklyn,” GZA said. “I was born in Crown Heights, raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville and Bushwick.”
After the announcement, GZA and Mr. Markowitz took questions from the press. One reporter asked GZA if he’d consider adopting Mr. Markowitz into the Wu Tang Clan and what the borough president’s rap name would be.
“Marty Wu,” GZA answered without hesitation.