I fashion the first tool, from the elements the Earth use
And built it to a complex network of communications
You're up against a hopeless situation

from GZA (Ft. Killah Priest) – Beneath the Surface Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

GZA is describing his evolution as a rapper with the elements being a reference to Hip Hop. He is a pioneer, started by rapping to a select few on street corners, to using a mic at shows, to making Cds, forming a group with videos and radio singles, worldwide tours. With the advent of the internet he is able to spread his message to an even bigger audience through mp3s, so trying to stop GZA is just “hopeless”.

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