This angry love letter to New York was inspired by RZA's belief that there is an edge that separates the Big Apple musicians from other musicians. "'Giant' is that kind of energy," RZA explained to Q magazine. "That RZA New York energy that other MCs weren't doing around the rest of the country. So when I come in with that line, 'Banks & Steelz in the building,' this is that s--t, kid."
The Isley Brother's song, "Contagious," peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. This meant that the band of brothers became the first group to score a Top 50 hit in six consecutive decades on the chart.
If counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.