Wu Tang Clan’s GZA Released Its Second LP ‘Liquid Swords’ 26 Years Ago

Wu Tang Clan’s GZA Released Its Second LP ‘Liquid Swords’ 26 Years Ago

On this date in 1995, the head of the Wu’s “Voltron” released his first solo LP under the name “the GZA”.

“We form like Voltron and GZA happens to be the head.” -Method Man

After appearing as the closing track on the Wu Tang premiere single “Protect Ya Neck” and releasing his own solo joint “Clan In The Front” on WTC’s classic Enter the 36 rooms LP, The Genius, which changed its name to the GZA after the Wu Tang Clan formed in 1992, lived up to expectations of a solo album featuring Liquid Swords, which was released 26 years ago today.

However, this should not be confused with the first solo album Words of genius, which was released under the alias “The Genius” before rising to fame with Wu Tang.

Featuring in-house album covers of a war-torn chessboard by Wu Tang DJ/Producer Allah Mathematics along with Milestone Media creative director Denys Cowan and released on Geffen Records, the debut album by one of the founders of WTC was recorded in the basement of RZA, as was the rest of the early Wu projects, including Meth’s tic and OB4CL. It also featured all of the original members and introduced some supporting members of the Killa Bees, including Killah Priest, Dreddy Krueger, and Allah Life, who sang the hook on “Cold World”. Other great singles from this album are “Labels”, “4th Chamber”, “I Gotcha Back” and the timeless title track.

Tribute to the GZA for one of the most formative concept albums in hip-hop of the 20th century.


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