Genius/Gza - Liquid Swords


Format: CD
Label: FNGF
Catalog: 24813
Rel. Date: 11/07/1995
UPC: 720642481325

Liquid Swords
Artist: Genius/Gza
Format: CD
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''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. In 2010, GZA and RZA announced that they're working on a sequel to commemorate its 15th-year anniversary. - Wikipedia

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