Liquid Swords
by Gza (Rap)

CD [Explicit Lyrics]
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Track Listing

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

Featured Artists: Method Man and Inspectah Deck and Raekwon and U-God and Ol' Dirty Bastard and RZA and Ghostface Killah

Genre: R&B
  • Genre: Rap, Hip-Hop
  • Release Date: November 1995
  • Label: Altered Ego
  • Rating: Parental Advisory (this format contains explicit lyrics).
  • Format: CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio Format: Stereo
  • Producer: RZA; 4th Disciple
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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone (11/30/95, pp.66-67) - 3 Stars - Good - "...It's probably the heaviest Wu-Tang production to date....Genius pulls you into his chamber headfirst....LIQUID SWORDS cuts to the bone, another deadly efficient Wu-banger..."

Entertainment Weekly (12/22/95, p.70) - " intriguing paradox of wordplay and profanity, juvenilia and wisdom." - Rating: B+

Q (2/96, p.96) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...inventively laid-back sample collage of hip hop that offsets his biting messages...the result is dramatic and hypnotic..."

The Wire (10/01, p.46) - "...Genius trades 'romance' for 'crime'...and his icy skills certainly work better with darker scenarios..."

Option (3-4/96, pp.104-105) - "...Genius' verbalistics evoke that creepy feeling you get negotiating certain inner-city neighborhoods on pitch black nights..."

Melody Maker (12/23-30/95, pp.66-67) - Ranked #42 on Melody Maker's list of 1995's `Albums Of The Year.'

Melody Maker (11/25/95, p.36) - "...the keywords...are synthetic and cinematic....the narrator of these ghostly/ghastly horrorcore tales is on the outside looking in, a voyeur...buzzing off the ghetto misery, wondering how to of the dozen or so best (G-Funk) albums of the year."

Rap Pages (1/96, p.31) - 8 (out of 10) - "...LIQUID SWORDS presents the GZA as sword-style rhyme originator, holding court over his young disciples....reverential guest appearances from the rest of the Clan...inject the album with some of its most memorable moments....Wu-Tang continue to challenge and confound all expectations of what their music is about..."

Q (Magazine) (p.117) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "GZA's understated tough-guy tales are delivered with laboratory precision and witty street poetry that sounds fresh today."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.107) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[This] sees the Wu Tang man and his producer/cousin RZA at their hypnotic, never-bettered best."

NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, pp.22-23) - Ranked #30 in NME's `Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995.

NME (Magazine) (11/11/95, p.46) - 9 (out of 10) - "...The best hip-hop album for years. Fact...The RZA's spooked, creaky, incredibly dense....The tricks he's practised on previous Clan albums...reach their apogee here....Genius' quite brilliant lyrics [have] a complexity, a rush of imagery, a strangely poetic drama of brutality..."

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