100
99
98
97
96
95
94
93
92
91
90
89
88
87
86
85
84
83
82
81
80
79
78
77
76
75
74
73
72
71
70
69
68
67
66
65
64
63
62
61
60
59
58
57
56
55
54
53
52
51
50
49
48
47
46
45
44
43
42
41
40
39
38
37
36
35
34
33
32
31
30
29
28
27
26
25
24
23
22
21
20
19
18
17
16
15
14
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
The 100 Best Wu-Tang Clan Songs

6. GZA f/ RZA "Liquid Swords" (1995)

Producer: RZA
Album: Liquid Swords
Label: Geffen

"Liquid Swords" is what the Genius and Prince Rakeem probably sounded like back in the day performing together—only updated. Reincarnated as the GZA and RZA, they utilize their past experience as crew members to deliver an entertaining number based on old-school fundamentals and their own trademark techniques (RZA's incessant background hiss-like sound effects and GZA's throat-clearing breakdown two-thirds in sounds like a human beatbox on the fritz).

They call out rival MCs throughout the song, taunting them for their dependence on cocaine in order to "act insane." "I put mad pressure on phony wack rhymes that get hurt/Shit's played like Zodiac signs on sweatshirt/That's minimum and feminine like sandals," says GZA, once again showing the ability to drop zingers in a serious (and sharp) fashion.

blog comments powered by Disqus