GZA/Genius - Legend of the Liquid Sword

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Released at the end of a quiet year for the Wu-Tang family, GZA's Legend of the Liquid Sword proves Gary Grice is easily the most underrated rapper in the fold, and definitely the most consistent as a solo artist. The album gains power as it progresses; after a compelling "Auto Bio" that's chained down by a bland production, and "Did Ya Say That," wherein the Genius sounds downright confused (or worse, resigned) about the game of label politics, Legend of the Liquid Sword locks into a great groove with the single "Knock, Knock" and rarely misses after that. Unsurprisingly, the Wu-Tang features "Fam (Members Only)," featuring RZA and Masta Killa, and "Silent," featuring Ghostface Killah, are big highlights, with a sound similar to 2001's Iron Flag. Surprisingly, though, his track with low-profile Wu-Tang member Inspectah Deck bests the other two. "Fame" finds the Genius weaving some clever word games around celebrity names, and guest Allen Anthony makes the title track into a grand funk jam akin to OutKast. The productions on Legend of the Liquid Sword are below average for a talent like his, but chances are good that's by design; since GZA is a rapper's rapper, his smooth flow and excellent imagination are all that's necessary to propel any of these tracks. ~ John Bush

1) Intro - The Genius (00:42)
2) Auto Bio - The Genius (03:54)
3) Did Ya Say That - The Genius (03:54)
4) Silent - The Genius / Ghostface Killah / Streetlife / GZA (02:41)
5) Knock, Knock - The Genius (03:34)
6) Stay in Line - The Genius / Santi White / GZA (04:02)
7) Animal Planet - The Genius (04:16)
8) Fam (Members Only) - The Genius / Masta Killa / RZA / GZA (04:10)
9) Legend of the Liquid Sword - Anthony Allen / The Genius / GZA (03:37)
10) Fame - The Genius (03:45)
11) Highway Robbery - The Genius / Governor Two's / GZA (04:00)
12) Luminal - The Genius (02:59)
13) Sparring Minds - The Genius / Inspectah Deck / GZA (02:48)
14) Rough Cut - 12 O'Clock / Serge Armelin / The Genius / Prodigal Sunn / GZA (03:05)
15) Uncut Material - The Genius (02:58)

Legend of the Liquid Sword
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Legend of the Liquid Sword | GZA/Genius