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|10. Investigative Reports|
|12. I Gotcha Back|
|13. Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth|
Some Wu members, like Cappadonna, are overly concerned with the way they dress, while others are a plain ol' inebriated mess (read: Ol' Dirty Bastard). For the GZA, it's all about the lyrics. With his nasal delivery and rapid-fire flow, he is the most experienced and oldest member of the Wu Tang Clan (he released a pre-Wu LP on Cold Chillin' Records entitled Words from the Genius in 1991). GZA's forte is battle rhymes (on his self-titled cut he declares that wack MCs' "lyrics are weak, like clock radio speakers"). On "Labels" he eloquently pens a complete song using only rap record label names. Loaded wordplay aside, beat-wise Liquid Swords is fully and exceptionally RZA-produced (peep the electric guitars and spacey synths on "Investigative Reports"). Liquid Swords is a perfect purchase for rap fiends who crave ill experimental beats and even iller punchlines. --Dalton Higgins
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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.Read more ›
GZA and company are on the attack on the song "Liquid Swords," with lyrics like "When the MC's came, to live out their name ... Some had to snort cocaine to act insane." Then comes Duel of the Iron Mic, wielding more wild kung fu sound effects and eerie gunshot samples that serve as a perfect background while GZA, Inspectah Deck, and Master Killer kick furious and ODB even shows up in the end chorus. "Livin in the World Today" is amazing, with a great minimal beat and hook, it also features some mc'in by Method Man, who was always great back then. The whole album just really flows like no other Wu album out there. And songs like Investigative Reports showcase GZA and other Wu bangas (Raekwon, Ghostface, U-God) at their most cutting -- creating a vivid picture of the more disturbing aspects of living in America (drug culture/violence/government conspiracy).
The only song out of place, for me, was Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Killah Priest lays down this track and it is filled with religious fervor and, at times, intolerance: "Son, life is a pool of sin, corrupted wth foolish men and women with wicked minds, who build picket signs to legalize abortion." It's a shame, cause this album would be five stars otherwise.
Liquid Swords- It's one of those albums that bring people into hip-hop, one of those albums that I buy used whenever I see a copy for under 5 bucks, simply so I can give it as a present to a friend who 'doesn't get hip hop.' It's also one of the few hip hop albums that I have on dual formats (CD and vinyl) and tracked down the instrumentals too. It's just that good. It's dark, macabre, over the top and surreal. The RZA's production is top notch, The samples and beats are spare, gritty, rambling, odd- this is ANTI-P.Diddy music. The myriad kung-fu interludes for once don't work against the overall thematic drive, in fact, they heighten the album's doomed theatrics. The whole thing works perfectly. My brother and I have played many games of chess to this masterpiece. Good also for jogging, lifting, washing dishes, playing cards, driving long distancxes with friends chanting the lyrics...
which reminds me- Lyrically, this is just on a different plane. NO ONE sounds like the GZA- he's one of those inimitable individuals who can't help but rock his own way. His flow and verbosity are seldom matched in the arenas of today. I'd say he's up there with KRS-ONE, Guru, Black Thought, Kool G Rap, early Ice Cube, and other originators of all vocal variety.
The GZA ties out with Ghostface as my fave Wu-Tang MC, but Liquid Swords is a far better, denser, tighter, diamond hard album than Ironman (even despite the Al Green samples). Now then- Supreme Clientelle... hmmmm...
In short- all of the best elements of early Wu-Tang, perfectly entwined. If you only have a handful of 'rap' Cds make this one of them!!!!
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Classic album! I always been a big wu fan and always loved this album. 20 years later i had to get the chess box! This stuff never gets old to me! The chess box is a great . Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lone Wolf
This Chessbox set is banging. Grooveyard is definitely on point for all there products. Definite must have for Wu Tang fans...Published on Feb. 1 2013 by P.J.
Liquid Swords (Vinyl)
This is one of my favourite hip hop albums and this remaster sounds great on vinyl. I recommend it to any fan of Liquid Swords. Read more
Although this album was released all the way back in 1995, I just got my first taste of it. I have always known about Wu Tang Clan but I never got a chance to hear much from them... Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by Kitajima121
Best Wu solo joint of all time, period. Only Wu related album that tops this is 36 Chambers - enough said.Published on April 26 2004