Liquid Swords

GZA - Liquid Swords
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1995 Ratings: #44 / 444
User Score
Based on 573 ratings
1995 Ratings: #1
Liked by 23 people
November 7, 1995 / Release Date
LP / Format
Geffen / Label
Hip Hop, Boom Bap / Genres
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I Can't believe that I listened to this album 24 years after it was released
Whenever i listen to this i think I imagine this being a comic book so this is the closest of rap playing like a comic book.....Hmmmm
Jesus fucking christ, what a powerhouse! This album got everything a boom bap album from the 90s needs. Amazing production and actually very refreshing for that time (RZA is a god), lyricism out of this world, great skits and of course great features! But more than that what truly makes this album so unique even today was how GZA was able to create such a perfect comic book atmosphere for this album. Liquid Swords almost has the feel of a movie.
This album was way ahead of its time in terms of ... read more
☆☆☆☆ 1/2

I'm not the biggest fan of GZA's delivery, especially when he's not screaming his brains out, but the imagery he paints with some of his verses are so cold and compelling and add so much to the eerie atmosphere RZA's production establishes.

The second half of the project picks up, the tension sharpens, so does GZA's energy, so does his pengame, so does RZA's eclectic production. He plays off of his feautures really well and we get some of the best moments in Wu-Tang history, ... read more
GZA on his outstanding project Liquid Swords uses an incredibly intelligent and smooth approach to hard-hitting instrumental loops and serious lyrical topics.

If you know RZA, then you are well aware of his style of production and that type of style was displayed in full on this project. We hear these entertaining samples from karate films to begin pretty much every track on this album. These samples do a great job of driving the narrative and the lyrical topic for each track. RZA is also ... read more
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Track List

  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. Hell's Wind Staff / Killah Hills 10304 
  10. Investigative Reports 
  11. Swordsman 
  12. I Gotcha Back 
  13. Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth
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Added on: September 8, 2012