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GZA - "Liquid Swords" (with lyrics) (4.35) (youtube.com)
Genius/GZA* ‎– "Liquid Swords"
Label:
Geffen Records ‎– GEF12-22106
Format:
Vinyl, 12"
Country:
US
Released:
1995
Genre:
Hip Hop
Style:

Tracklist Hide Credits
A1 Liquid Swords (Late Night Radio) 3:21
A2 Liquid Swords (Clean) 3:21
A3 Liquid Swords (LP Version) 3:21
B1 Labels (Clean) 2:59
B2 Labels (GZA Mix)
Remix – GZA
2:59
Credits
Producer – RZA
Written-By – G. Grice*, R. Diggs*
Notes
Original versions from the Geffen LP, Cassette and Compact Disc LIQUID SWORDS (GEF/GEFC/GEFCD-24813).

"Liquid Swords" is the second solo studio album by American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member GZA, released on November 7, 1995, by Geffen Records.[1] Recording sessions for the album began mid-way through 1995 at producer RZA's basement studio in the New York City borough of Staten Island. 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. 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).[1] The album initially received favorable critical reviews for its lyrically complex and musically hypnotic style. Over the years, its recognition has grown, 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".[2] Along with Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., Liquid Swords is often cited as the best solo work by a Wu-Tang member.

"Liquid Swords"

Studio album by Genius/GZA
Released November 7, 1995
Recorded 1995
Genre Hip hop
Length 55:17
Label Geffen/MCA
Producer RZA
Genius/GZA chronology
Words from the Genius
(1991) Liquid Swords
(1995) Beneath the Surface
(1999)
Wu-Tang Clan solo chronology
Raekwon:
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
(1995) Liquid Swords
(1995) Ghostface Killah:
Ironman
(1996)
Singles from Liquid Swords
"I Gotcha Back"
Released: August 22, 1994
"Liquid Swords"
Released: October 10, 1995
"Cold World"
Released: November 28, 1995
"Shadowboxin'"
Released: 1996

Track listing[edit]
Tracks 1–12 produced by RZA, track 13 produced by 4th Disciple.
# Title Time Performer(s) Sample(s)[33][34]
1 "Liquid Swords" 4:31
Intro/chorus/backing vocals: RZA
Verses/chorus: GZA
"Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" by Willie Mitchell
"Groovin'" by Willie Mitchell
Dialogue from Shogun Assassin
2 "Duel of the Iron Mic" 4:06
Chorus: Ol' Dirty Bastard
First verse: GZA
Second verse: Masta Killa
Third verse: Inspectah Deck
"I'm Afraid the Masquerade Is Over" by David Porter
Dialogue from Shogun Assassin
Dialogue from Dragon on Fire
3 "Living in the World Today" 4:23
Intro: RZA
Chorus/verses: GZA
Backing vocals: Method Man
"In The Hole" by The Bar-Kays
"I'm His Wife, You're Just a Friend" by Ann Sexton
4 "Gold" 3:57
Intro: Method Man
Verses/chorus: GZA
"The Aries" by Cannonball Adderley
5 "Cold World" 5:31
Chorus: Life
First verse: GZA
Second verse: Inspectah Deck
"In The Rain" by The Dramatics
"Rocket Love" by Stevie Wonder
"Plastic People" by The Mothers of Invention
Dialogue from Shogun Assassin
6 "Labels" 2:54
Intro: RZA, Masta Killa
Verses: GZA
Outro: GZA, Masta Killa
"Don't Leave Me This Way" by Thelma Houston
7 "4th Chamber" 4:37
First verse: Ghostface Killah
Second verse: Killah Priest
Third verse: RZA
Fourth verse: GZA
"Groovin'" by Willie Mitchell
"Dharmatma Theme Music (Sad)" by Kalyanji Anandji
Dialogue from Shogun Assassin
"Assassin With Son" by Shogun Assassin soundtrack
8 "Shadowboxin'" 3:30
Intro/first verse/third verse: Method Man
Second verse: GZA
"Trouble, Heartaches & Sadness" by Ann Peebles
Dialogue from Shaolin Vs Lama
9 "Hell's Wind Staff / Killah Hills 10304" 5:09
Intro: RZA, GZA, Masta Killa, Dreddy Kruger
Verses: GZA
"Lost in Love" by New Edition
10 "Investigative Reports" 3:50
Chorus: U-God
First verse: Raekwon
Second verse: GZA
Third verse: Ghostface Killah
"I'd Be So Happy" by Three Dog Night
11 "Swordsman" 3:21
GZA
12 "I Gotcha Back" 5:01
Chorus/backing vocals: RZA
Verses/chorus: GZA
"As Long As I've Got You" by The Charmels
Dialogue from Shogun Assassin
13* "B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)" 4:33
Killah Priest
"Our Love Has Died" by The Ohio Players
*Track 13 was originally omitted from vinyl and cassette pressings, but present on CD versions.[35][36]

[show]2012 Bonus disc: The Full-Length Instrumentals
Personnel[edit]
GZA – performer
RZA – producer, performer
Killah Priest – performer
Inspectah Deck – performer
Ghostface Killah – performer
Method Man – performer
Masta Killa – performer
Raekwon – performer
U-God – performer
Ol' Dirty Bastard – performer
Dreddy Kruger – vocals
Life – vocals
4th Disciple – producer
Tom Coyne – mastering
Wendy Goldstein – A&R
Geoffrey L. Garfield – personal management
Cyril Gittens – art direction
Mathematics – art concepts
Mark A. Humphrey – photography
Denys Cowan – cover art
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