Old school hip-hop fans are in for a major treat: GZA recently announced that he's bringing full performances of his classic 1995 album Liquid Swords to audiences in NYC and Chicago. The Wu-Tang Clan rapper is bringing two performances to Chicago's City Winery, on Oct. 30 and 31, followed by performances at NYC's City Winery location on Nov. 2. Tickets for the performances will run you between $35 and $48.
GZA's second solo project, Liquid Swords, was praised upon its release and its reputation has only grown since then, with many people recognizing the project as the best Wu-Tang Clan solo album and a classic hip-hop album in general. It boasts appearances from every member of the Wu-Tang Clan and was recorded in RZA's basement studio in Staten Island, New York, along with a number of other early Wu-Tang releases. With its famous samples of the kung-fu movie Shogun Assassin, the album has developed a devoted following and an enduring legacy in hip-hop. It was certified platinum 20 years after its release in 2015.
"It was something new and something fresh. Something unheard of in that way," GZA told Spin about the album on its 20th anniversary. "I mean, there’s nothing new under the sun, but there’s always different ways of approaching something or revising something. I think the grittiness is just a part of where we come from. You know, rough, rugged around the edges."