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Legend Of The Liquid Sword

Genius/Gza Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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1. Intro
2. AutoBio
3. Did Ya Say That
4. Silent (feat. Ghostface Killah and Streetlife)
5. Knock, Knock
6. Stay In Line
7. Animal Planet
8. Fam (Members Only) (feat. RZA and Masta Killa)
9. Legend Of The Liquid Sword (feat. Anthony Allen)
10. Fame
11. Highway Robbery (feat. Two's)
12. Luminal
13. Sparring Minds (feat. Inspectah Deck)
14. Rough Cut (feat. RZA and Armel)
15. What You Know About?

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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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Gza/Genius ~ Legend Of The Liquid Sword

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4.0 out of 5 stars Still Got It Feb. 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
GZA's (or Genius, Gary Grice...whatever) latest release boasts some of the best production I've heard in a long time. It includes a roster of Jay "Waxx" Garfield, BOOLA, Bink, Arabian "Q-Base" Knight, Tyquan Walker, Allah Mathematics, Jaz-O, DJ Muggs, RZA, and GZA himself on the cuts. If you think you've heard good usage of strings before, wait until you hear "Auto Bio."
"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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Legend Of The Liquid Sword Jan. 31 2003
Format:Audio CD
Gza has long been one of the most understated members of the Wu-Tang Clan. While the other members enjoy drawing attention to themselves with fat chains, pointy jewelry, or by getting so high they lose their ability to rhyme coherently, the Genius has always been the quiet one in the background - a silent bomber.
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.
Track Listing
1. Intro
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
10. Fame
11. Highway Robbery feat. Governor Two's
12. Luminal
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE MAN IS A GENIUS! Jan. 19 2003
Format:Audio CD
Legandary material by the GZA! You wonder why it takes GZA so long to put out albums? Lyrics like these would take rappers like Birdman and P. Diddy decades to write. Whether you're a Wu Tang fan or not you have to cop this album because lyricists like GZA are extremley rare in hip hop today. Not to mention his flow is off the hook along wit his beats. It makes you wonder why the clan hardly ever uses him. We all know he should have been on CREAM, Gravel Pit, I Can't Sleep ect. Just listen to his verse on The Jump Off, one of the illest verses of all time. Besides Method Man, GZA blows away the other Wu members. So if you're a Wu Tang fan you already know GZA's tight. So it's great to see his flow matched wit dope beats like on this album. The dopest tracks include: "Auto Bio"- the beat is perfect for GZA's flow. "Did ya say That"-GZA attacks the industry over another incredible beat. "Knock Knock"-Tight but the hook is kinda weak. "Animal Planet"- Crazy!!! The beat makes it an instant classic along wit the lyrics where GZA uses animals to describe certain people.(hustlers to chimps, feds to dogs, snitches to parrots ect.) "Fame"- GZA tells a story using celeb's names. The bass is crazy. "Uncut Material"-great beat produced by GZA himself. The hook is off the hook. Bottom Line: you need to cop this album! -Da Func Deezy, Holla at ya boy! And remember what GZA said: "A rhyme is a terrible thing to waste." Peace out yo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrically Legendary... Jan. 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
As always, the revolution will not be televised - if you cannot look for youself and see Legend of the Liquid Sword is the most lyrical album that has come out in the last 10 years without a magazine article giving it 5 stars, 10 pigs or whatever, you might as well not listen to hip hop any more, because you're not going to find anything better than this. Plain and simple, there are no gimmicks here - no king of this or that, no "come to my hood and I'll murder you" talk, no flashy pimp hats, no bling-blinging, no back from the dead lost tracks, no fast talking of nonsensical gibberish, no remix of some 80's pop song beats, no crip dancing - none of that. This is just beats and rhymes - experimental beats (as was the first Liquid Swords) and precision crafted rhymes. Every verse Gza drops is super compact and dense - the majority of Gza's lyrics are much more than just rhymes, they are almost always commentary on the business practices of the industry and/or the development of hip hop, past and present. Subtle lyrical variations are abound, from the sarcastic hook on 'Did Ya Say That' to the clever wordplay on 'Silent' to flow changes on 'Stay in Line.' This guy says so much in such a brief amount of time it's both amazing and scary. One of my favorite rhymes, which accurately describes the hip hop of the last couple years is from 'Did Ya Say That.' He ends the song offering an observation concerning the "I'm richer than you" mentality which has invaded hip hop over the last couple years:
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!
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Most recent customer reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not deserve to be called "legend"
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
Published on Jan. 15 2004 by Mosca Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars This CD is Nice
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 more
Published on Dec 3 2003 by Longinus
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legend Continues
Since GZAs groundbreaking hip hop classic 'Liquid Swords' Genius has continued to shine as one of the prominent Wu mcs. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2003 by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars The Liquid Flow Triumphs
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 more
Published on Sept. 28 2003 by Kahlil Caesar
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly A Genius
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 more
Published on Aug. 23 2003 by The Don of Boston
5.0 out of 5 stars A true Genius on the mic!
I bought all three of his albums, and I really believe that this album is the best album he has droped so far. Read more
Published on July 31 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Classic Record Just Amazing, Gza Does no dissapoint buy this Record
Published on July 7 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best from the WU
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 more
Published on June 20 2003 by sneekz
4.0 out of 5 stars GZA SIMPLY GENIUS
The Genius has returned with vengance dropping a lyrically awesome LP much better than the weaker beneath the surface. Read more
Published on June 2 2003
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