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Old 06-15-2012, 03:13 PM
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Been lurking the site for a little while and just registered to say this thread is awesome! Good stuff Keep it up WIB666!!

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Old 06-18-2012, 11:56 PM
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17. LIQUID SWORDZ

Artist:GZA the Genious
Appearances by: The Entire Wu Tang Clan( ODB, RZA, Ghost face, Raekwon, masta killa, method man, instpectah deck, U God)
Recorded: 1994-1995
Released:1995
Producer: The RZA
Album Title: LIQUID SWORDS



"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. 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 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". Along with Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., Liquid Swords is often cited as the best solo Wu-Tang work
Following the success of Wu-Tang Clan solo albums Tical and Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, Wu-Tang member Raekwon began recording his acclaimed debut Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... in early 1995. While he and producer RZA were putting the final touches on that album, RZA and GZA began writing and recording what would eventually become Liquid Swords. In regards to their decision to begin the album at the time they did, GZA later commented "We (Wu-Tang) were on a roll, and it was the perfect time to get in the studio and just do it."

Similar to other early solo Wu-Tang albums, Liquid Swords was recorded in RZA's basement studio in Staten Island New York, with some beats playing for over two days straight while recording. When asked in a later interview about his opinion of the album's beats, GZA remarked "I loved them. A lot of them had a grimy, rock-like feel to them. I just remember absolutely loving them." In the same interview, GZA described the writing process as "real slow." He further commented "I don’t say slow in the sense that it necessarily took me a long time to finish what I’m writing. I mean, Raekwon and Ghostface can step in and record a song in about forty-five minutes. I on the other hand, would often go back and finish rhymes that I started. I would say I pieced things together more slowly then. Songs generally take me two to three days to write. Sometimes I take different sentences and put them together."
Regarding the overall sensation of writing Liquid Swords, GZA stated "It's hard to say something is gonna be classic or not. But I can say that I felt the magic with this one. I actually saw it grow and come together, and felt that it was special as we were doing it." GZA later noted in an interview with The Seattle Times:
"It has great songs, it's not an ignorant album, it doesn't sound dated. If you listen to it and compare it to what's out now, it's timeless. Lyrically, it's not my best work. Not at all. But the chemistry? Production? Overall, I mean, c'mon! RZA's atmospheric production? Yes. It's my best album."
—GZA


Gzas 2nd solo release and considered by many a legendary album...This album as well as a couple of others being posted on here will not need any sort of summary as a lot of some of these records are albums that everyone has heard of even if they are not that well familiar with the genre. This is not only one of the best hip hop albums ever but it is a very legendary record with all the production and rusty as hell instrumentals being handled by none other than THE RZA! It is more of a wu tang album than it is a SOLO record, especially since all nine members of the clan make at least one appearance on each track(for example, Ol dirty bastard, inspectah deck, masta killa are on duels of the iron mic, Method man is on Shadow boxing, Raekwon and ghost face are on INVESTAGTIVE REPORT, you see where I'm getting here?). I have seen GZA perform this entire album about 5 times with his performance at Rock the bells 2011 being his best, hands down, my god he sounded incredible that night. There have been some shows where he's had his ups and downs but that performance at rock the bells 2011 is one of the greatest rap performances i have ever witnessed, jesus christ. Anyways, this isn't the only Wu Tang release that will be on this list, two more to go

4th Chamber
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fe3y8RLBgU

I gotcha Back
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JTA5oK3KTo

Investigative reports
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC52mfsugOc

Shadowboxing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwjILuYiBuY

Swordsman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymO7NcD5IaM

Duel of the Iron Mic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZYYNCZhYQc
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:07 AM
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I always found it bothersome that there were no verses from ODB on this album (or Only Built 4 Cuban Linx).
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:52 AM
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My favorite rap album.
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:41 AM
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My favorite rap album.
Same, I'd have to say, though I'm no connoisseur to the genre. 4th Chamber has some of my favorite lyrics of all time.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:59 PM
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Same, I'd have to say, though I'm no connoisseur to the genre. 4th Chamber has some of my favorite lyrics of all time.
You should really check out Wugazi's 13th Chamber. It's a really awesome tribute to Wu Tang.
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:03 PM
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You should really check out Wugazi's 13th Chamber. It's a really awesome tribute to Wu Tang.
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16: Deltron 3030

Artist: Del The Funky Homosapien
Producer: Dan The Automator
Recorded: 1999-2000
Released: 2000
Album title: Deltron 3030




"The album's story casts Del in the role of Deltron Zero, a disillusioned mech soldier and interplanetary computer prodigy rebelling against a 31st century New World Order. In a world where evil oligarchs suppress both human rights and hip-hop, Del fights rap battles against a series of foes, becoming Galactic Rhyme Federation Champion.
Del tha Funkee Homosapien's lyrics veer from serious social commentary to humor to epic sci-fi battles, while producer Dan the Automator creates an eerie and dense atmosphere."


Not only is this one of the best Concept albums ever created, but it's also a very brilliant hip hop album by a legendary old school cat whom I had the pleasure of seeing in 2006 during my junior year of high school. Del the funky homosapien proved to the old school that he had a a spot in hip hop, but in 2000 he would team up with future GORILLAZ producer Dan The Automaor to create a futuristic world in the year 3030 in a galactic society where corruption and war is still going on, in some way some people say the album is a reflection on the real world that we are living in today(even though the story and world takes place in the year 3030.). People, you all need to peep what del is saying in this album, real fucking talk. Some of the most complex, most intelligent lyricism can be found on this brilliant concept album. JD, you say liquid swords has some of your favorite lyrics of all time, well then you seriously gotta peep some of the stuff Del is saying on tracks like "3030", "Madness", "Turbulance Remix", "Time keeps on Slipping", fuck, the entire album my friend is filled with timeless classic hip hop tunes with some of the greatest rhymes, lines and metaphors on this side of the galaxy 3030.

And as if the intelligent complex futuristic lyrics aren't enough, well I can gladly tell you that this has some of the best beats and instrumentals that has ever been laced on a Rap CD. Dan the Automator is one of the most slept on producers in the industry. Dan the Automator has made countless amounts of classics such as the Kool Keiths Dr. Octogoncylogist, and The Gorillaz first debut album. It's funny if you think about it, Damon alborn from the Gorillaz is featured on this albums in a couple of tracks, hell he even lays down a chorus for "Time Keeps on Slipping", what I find most interesting about his collaboration in this album is that all three of these guys: Del, Dan the Automator, and Daman alborn all join forces later during this same year to release "Clint Eastwood" and the entire first Gorillaz CD. I personally hate everything the gorillas did after their first record, but my god their first album is one of my favorite albums of all time. I remember my phase with The Gorillaz back in my 2001-2003 days... I remember I had that shit stuck in my CD player for like four straight months during 7th grade in 2001...That album made such a huge impact on my life while i was growing up... too bad Dan left the gorillaz because he was a big part of why the gorillaz first record is so amazing…ahahahah

FUN LITTLE FACT: I was so hyped for Gorillaz 2nd release DEMON DAYS that I actually ditched school just to go to tower records and get the record and listen to it all day, suffice to say I was pretty damn disappointed with the album, really hated the release...and man I was counting down the days for when it would come out... sorry for the random rant folks, BACK TO THE REAL SHIT..

I donno if anyone here are fans of concept albums because this entire record is played out like a story, so definitely listen to the album with open ears, and of course…AN OPEN MIND, MY NIGGAS. .. although it can just be played to be enjoyed for the sake of playing some good ass music, epic ass lyrics, and good ass beats. Speaking of beats, the instrumentals produced by Dan the Autoamator is some of the most dynamic and most ahead of its time instrumentals that i have ever heard, and it accommodates well with dels epic lyrics on the corruption of a fucked up future that society is living in during the year 3030. A lot of stand out bangers for all of you to check out(at least for those that are scoping this thread out and trying to delve into some bomb ass music). Check out some of the songs below to take a sample of how incredible this release is. Del THE FUNKY homosapien is pretty old school and has been releasing albums since 1991, but a lot of people such as myself will tell you that this is his magnum opus. "Madness" is just an incredible and hard hitting song with some true to life lyrics about the fucked up society that we're living in with Sean lenon doing the chorus of the song(Sean lenon is the son of legendary musician John Lenon of the beatles), 3030 is a great track opener, virus will grab you balls with Dels incredible lyrics, True Love is probably my favorite song on the album, that BEAT, MY GOD!! Just like many other records being posted, this will be a major hit or miss for some, but as i stated many many times before… this is my opinion, i made this thread so we are gonna do it my way or the highway. Anyways, hope everyone decides to check out some of the tracks off Deltron 3030 and considered giving this epic release a spin, I remember the first time i heard this album, it was so good that i bought the actual CD on amazon since it is out of print currently.

ANOTHER FACT:
For those that are at lost, I have also posted another classic release that was entirely produced by Dan The Automator, except it features a different hip hop artist, and this was posted on this list awhile back. My number 46: Dr. Octagonecologyst, which some say is the the predecessor to DELTRON 3030. Dr. Octagonecologyst is by hip hop artist Kool Keith which has similar futurist rhymes and involves a plot similar to deltron 3030, except Dr. Octocltgolys takes place in the year 3000, and it is about Gonecolyogist that rapes women and talks about random bizarre stuff, and events like a half shark-half alligator that lives in hollywood blvd . Also you could say this album sets up for 3030 since there is also a track called "300" on Dr. octagon. Refer to the 2nd page of this thread to get a better idea of what I am talking about. It was posted as my number 46. Dan the Automator produced that entire release as well, although i prefer Deltron 303o way more. Dels rhyme schemes are beyond brilliant and Dans beats are hard to beat....

I am going to try and get to the top five before summer is over

until then... scope out some of these classic tracks off of Deltron 3030. I strongly recommend "Love story" for everyone that is checking this release out, Easily one of the dopest beats ever created, so fucking laid back, with del spitting out classic lines like "Virtual Junkies, Burn outs, and Lost war veterans still stuck in the Holocaust".

3030
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lqf8L...eature=related

Madness
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WDgepVpVhE

Love Story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZwUQ...eature=related

Time Keeps on Slipping
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdur7odHUfE

Turbulance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7rL_j-Swt0
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:26 AM
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Deltron 3030
All is well with the cosmos..... 3030 yeah!

I fucking love that record.
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