GZA: Liquid Swords

Liquid Swords

GZA

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  • Release Date 31 October 2011
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Product code
GED24813
Format
CD Album
Label
Get On Down

Liquid Swords is the second solo studio album by American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member GZA, released November 7, 1995, on Geffen Records. Recording sessions for the album began mid-way through 1995 at producer RZA's basement studio in Staten Island New York. The album heavily samples dialogue from the martial arts film Shogun Assassin and maintains a dark atmosphere throughout its course, while it incorporates lyrical references to chess, crime and philosophy. Though credited as a GZA album, Liquid Swords features numerous guest appearances from the entire nine piece Wu-Tang Clan.

Upon its release, Liquid Swords peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 chart, and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. On January 11, 1996, it was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album initially received favorable critical reviews for its lyrically complex and musically hypnotic style. Over the years, its recognition has enhanced, with a number of famous publishers proclaiming it as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. In 2007, the Chicago Tribune cited it as "one of the most substantial lyrical journeys in hip-hop history". Along with Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., Liquid Swords is often cited as the best solo Wu-Tang work.

Tracks
1 Liquid Swords  
2 Duel Of The Iron Mic  
3 Living In The World Today  
4 Gold  
5 Cold World  
6 Labels  
7 4th Chamber  
8 Shadowboxin'  
9 Killah Hills 10304  
10 Investigative Reports  
11 Swordsman  
12 I Gotcha Back  
13 Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth