Legend of the Liquid Sword
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Bouncing back from the deplorably mediocre Beneath the Surface, GZA reasserts his position at the head of the Wu-Tang corpus. The most obvious improvement is in the production, masterminded by various Wu-Tang acolytes of RZA's dissonant funkalistics. Beats are kept simple--one- and two-bar loops sampled from across the musical spectrum--but despite their austerity, they're impressively efficient sonic packages that complement GZA's own powerfully compact lyrical style. The self-proclaimed "ill rhyme kicker / with no parental sticker" rolls with almost nonstop braggadocio on the album, flashing his virtuosity with metaphorically inspired songs like "Fame" and "Animal Planet" and wordplay parties such as "Knock, Knock" and "Sparring Minds." The album's main liability is that it's consistent to a fault. The 15 tracks begin to sound like variations on one another and, despite the individual qualities of any given song, the overall album begins to get monotonous halfway through. --Oliver Wang
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"Legend of the Liquid Sword" features usual guest appearances from the extended Wu-Tang family, and this includes originals Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, and RZA. Sadly, O.D.B. is nowhere to be found, and Method Man must be off making more "Friday" rip-offs and bad deodorant commercials with Red Man.
While the guest emcees are solid, one is never allowed to forget that this is GZA/Genius' show. He sounds focused and ferocious throughout the album. As he brags, his lyrics speak "with non-additive slang. It's all actual thang." Such is all the more refreshing when compared to those currently topping the charts.
The only glaring slip-up on "Legend of the Liquid Sword" is a gratuitous attempt at recreating "Wu-Tang Clan [tune]" on a collaboration with RZA, "Fam (Members Only)." It just sounds like they're trying too hard.
The standout tracks are "Stay in Line" and, especially, "Fame." The latter has a much more classic Wu-Tang feel than any faux throwback; it ventures into the promised land of celebrity name word plays. You will need to look no further than here to find out about "Abraham's Lincoln" or "Brad's Pitt," and that is something in which I surely find comfort.
However this relatively quiet persona did not stop the rapper from becoming one of the most respected artists in Hip-Hop. The elder statesman of the Wu, Gza has been killing mics for over ten years, even pre-dating the legendary Shaolin rap clan. His sophomore album, Liquid Swords, is widely regarded as a classic, even despite the fact that his third album did not quite live up to expectations. Though the lack of Rza's production fingerprint does hamper his latest release, Legend of the Liquid Sword, the album indeed comes remarkably close to recapturing the appeal of rapper's seminal work.
2. Auto Bio
3. Did Ya Say That
4. Silent feat. Ghostface Killah and Streetlife
5. Knock Knock
6. Stay In Line feat. Santi White
7. Animal Planet
8. Fam (Members Only) feat. Rza and Masta Killa
9. Legend of the Liquid Sword feat. Anthony Allen
11. Highway Robbery feat. Governor Two's
13. Sparring Minds feat. Inspectah Deck
14. Rough Cut feat. Armel, Prodigal Sunn & 12 O' Clock
15. Uncut Material
After a short, child narrated introduction reminiscent of the one on his Wu-debut, Gza jumps into the aptly named "Auto Bio," a lyrical autobiography on his prolific existence as an emcee. Shortly afterward he attacks the corrupt rap industry and half-stepping artists with "Did Ya Say That.Read more ›
Gimmicks and radio
The god don't chase but I replace
Yo, wackness it shows in your flows
Immatureness is all in your ho's
Case closed!Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I thing gza could have done better on this album the beats werent really that great and if I cant feel the beat I cant feel the song even if the lyrics are tight.Published on Jan. 28 2004 by steven williams
This is not classic GZA. This is not GZA at his best either.
The one star that is given is for the one track that is o.k. Read more
Pretty much the only flaw this CD has in my opinion, which is the same complaint that most of the people criticize this album for is the editing of some tracks. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2003 by Longinus
Since GZAs groundbreaking hip hop classic 'Liquid Swords' Genius has continued to shine as one of the prominent Wu mcs. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2003 by Matt
I know a lot of people are gonna sleep on this album. Its there loss. There are few albums that I can listen to from beginning to end and truly enjoy it...this is one of them. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2003 by Kahlil Caesar
Undeniably one of the greatest lyricists of all time. The track, "Fame" is mind-blowing. In fact, they all show why the Gza is said by fellow Wu Tang members to be "the head" of... Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2003 by The Don of Boston
I bought all three of his albums, and I really believe that this album is the best album he has droped so far. Read morePublished on July 31 2003 by Amazon Customer
Gza (genius) is a genius. He is my favorite from the Wu.. i have all his cds and i cant compare any of it. He has the best flava of flavas. Buy all his albums! its worth it! Read morePublished on June 20 2003 by sneekz