Genius - GZA – Liquid Swords
Label: Universal Records / Universal Music Special Markets – B0015811-01, Get On Down – GET-54043
Format: 2 × Vinyl, 12", Reissue, Poster
Includes 24" x 24" replica of the original retail poster by DC Comics artist Denys Cowans. + Pic Insert ( see pic )
Genre: Hip Hop
Liquid Swords 4:31
Duel Of The Iron Mic 4:06
Living In The World Today 4:23
Cold World 5:30
4th Chamber 4:37
Hell's Wind Staff 1:26
Killah Hills 10304 3:42
Investigative Reports 3:49
I Gotcha Back 4:58
Mastered By – Tom Coyne
Producer – RZA
Written-By – G. Grice, R. Diggs
Manufactured & distributed in the United States by UNI Distribution Corp.
Produced for Wu-Tang Productions.
Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York, NY.
If you are living in the world today, remember to read the labels when entering the cold world of killah hills 10304. Investigative reports state that the duel of the iron mic took place in the 4th chamber. And it was the infamous shadowboxin' technique that lured MC's into the razor sharp blades of solid gold, liquid swords. Feel the wrath of the hell's wind staff and learn the basic instruction before leaving earth is to explain the unexplained. And those who scream keep it real and yo god, I gotcha back, kill the fraudulent and honor the code of the lyrical swordsman. GZA Wu-Tang Manual 4:12
this album is one of the best rap albums to me, right behind enter the and 36 chambers
Gza is the most lyrically sound emcee in the entire wu tang clan, and im not picking favorites, he is not even my favorite member of the clan. There is almost no doubting his remarkebly easy flow and creavtive metaphors, which can either make you just want to hear more, or rewind it to hear what he just said.
While listening to this album, and earing some of his unbelieveably creative rhymes, I wondered how does he come up with these, "Lyrics are weak, like clock radio speakers", is just an example of his creatvity. He has the ability to hit you in all types of places which has been a rare quality in an emcee since the beginning of hip-hop and is completely exstinct in today's rap.
Aside from the lyrics, Rza, brings in some of his sickest and his most eerie for this album. Using experimentally spooky and out there sounds to create his unbelieveable beats which are always put together perfectly to allow Gza to flow right over them. Some of the best Wu tang beats of all time are on this album, perhaps many are. Gza also often credits Rza for his insane production, "my sword still remain imperial, Before I blast the mic, RZA scratch off the serial" showing he knows he is not the only reason this album is monumental.
As an emcee, Gza seems to make other rappers on his tracks better lyrically. Notably Inspectah Deck and Method Man. On the albums best song "Cold World", The inspectah virtually outshines Gza which is a complete shock considering how sick Gza's verse is. The inspectah seems to just be a bit hungrier,"No time to freeze undercovers roll up in grand prix and seize packages and pocket the currency, clicks control strips full clips are sprayed, Yellow tape barricades sidewalks where bodies lay".
Aside from whose better on the track, the two make the best tag team wu record of all time. However, its not just the lyrics that make this the best song on the album, the beat is also the best on the album, with spooky violins and drums which just flow so sickly. Another great tag team callobo is "Shadowboxin" featuring Method man.
Gza does not get outshined on this one, though Meth throws in a sick verse. When Gza kicks the second verse though, he's hungry and he actually shows it a bit more then usual, he usually just seems so confident he doesn't have to be aggressive but his slight aggressiveness on this track is outstanding, "I slayed MC's back in the rec room era, My style broke mother_______ backs like Ken Patera, Most rap ______ came loud but unheard Once I pulled out, round em off to the nearest third". The beat on this one is also top of line, not as scary, more quietly aggressive, simple but not light. The "Oh man" every few seconds that chimes in is a nice touch.
One of the most creative rap songs ever written, and Im not exaggerating, is "Labels". Gza is able to tell a story while using the name of music labels, and he is not crediting them, more like he's dissing them. Never have I heard an emcee even attempt to create something like this, truly proof that he his the genius.
"Investigative Reports" is another great track. It opens up with a sick verse from Raekwon. With U-god telling different reports during the chorus with a newscast going on in the backround. The beat is one of those that hit home, they go to your head and you don't hear the different instruments, just the beat as a whole, and it is a great one.
"Swordsman" has a great beat that is mostly drums with strange sounds in the backround. Lyrically Gza seems to be trying to say something but he adds "I'm not caught up in politics I'm no black activist", so I guess it's more about self then political indevers.
Every time I listen to this album, it gets better. Everytime I notice something different whether lyrically, or musically. It is easily the best Wu Tang solo album and perhaps riviles "Enter the Wu Tang" as best Wu production period, well not quite.
Every track on this album is bangin' with some of them just completely off the chains. Could be lyrically the best album I have heard, and it shows how much of an amazing lyracist Gza is. He never changes his tone which is affective because he smooth easy flow is so good he does not need to compromise it at all. Not only Gza made this album the phenomenom it is, much of its success is due to the producer, Rza. "Liquid Swords has it's place amongst the greatest of all time and easily is one of my personal favorites.
GZA - Liquid Swords
Can't think of too many beats doper than this!!! Outstanding!!
GZA - Shadowboxin
It Is A DEFINITIVE HIP-HOP CLASSIC.
Gza - Investigative Reports / Swordsman
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