18. GZA f/ Ghostface Killah, Killah Priest, & RZA "4th Chamber" (1995)
Album: Liquid Swords
The eerie screeching and lurching beat of "4th Chamber" is thrilling and scary at the same time, and the rhymes get deep. "Why is the sky blue?/Why is water wet?/Why did Judas rat to Romans while Jesus slept?" is a monumental scripture spoken by Ghostface, who be "sippin' rum out of Stanley Cups." Word.
Killah Priest went about it the right (and righteous) way in building a name for himself on GZA's second LP by not only doing the song "B.I.B.L.E.," but appearing here and kicking otherworldly stanzas such as "I'm lively, my dome piece is like building stones in Greece/My poems are deep, from ancient thrones I speak."
RZA's testimonial is filled with religious imagery of impending doom, but he ends his 16 by saying "peace" in his own unique way: "Protons, Electrons Always Cause Explosions." Once again, the GZA shuts shit down in the final slot of "this unprecedented, opium-scented, dark-tinted" track that begins with a lengthy sample from the dark, ultraviolent sword-and-guts motion picture Shogun Assassin.