The Wu-Tang Clan is arguably the greatest collection of rappers in one group to ever assemble. RZA is the leader and the man behind the iconic Wu-Tang Clan sound. Raekwon put out one of the greatest hip hop albums with his Only Built 4 Cuban Linx joint. Method Man started their solo run by dropping his Tical album a year after the 36 Chambers joint. Ghostface has been called the most consistent one of the group as he’s released some great projects. The entire world still misses the late, great Ol’ Dirty Bastard as he was arguably the most popular member. The GZA is probably the most quiet of the entire group. 25 years ago today, GZA dropped his classic debut project, Liquid Swords. While the GZA isn’t one for the spotlight, he dropped one of the greatest hip hop projects ever.
Liquid Swords was entirely produced by the RZA except B.I.B.L.E. and it was produced by the 4th Disciple. All the members of the Wu-Tang Clan made a guest appearance on Liquid Swords. Liquid Swords went platinum and many publications then and now have talked about how great the album is. GZA released 4 singles for the album, which included the title track. Liquid Swords was the second single and I Gotcha Back being the first. Two of my favorite tracks off the album were the third and fourth single. Cold World and Shadowboxin’ with Inspectah Deck and Method Man featured respectively. Liquid Swords, Investigative Reports and B.I.B.L.E. are my other top 3 tracks. As always, check out the track listing below and it’s followed by the stream links.
- Liquid Swords
- Duel of the Iron Mic ft. Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Masta Killa & Inspectah Deck
- Living in the World Today
- Cold World ft. Inspectah Deck
- 4th Chamber ft. Ghostface Killah, Killah Priest & RZA
- Shadowboxin’ ft. Method Man
- Hell’s Wind Staff/Killah Hills 10304
- Investigative Reports ft. U-God, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah
- I Gotcha Back
- I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)