GZA Slices Through The Tiny Desk To Perform Liquid Swords With A Brass Band (Video)
It’s been a decade since Wu-Tang’s GZA released his sixth studio album, Pro Tools. Among the projects he has dropped in the years previous, it is almost no contest which album has garnered the Genius more accolades than his 1995 platinum sophomore LP, Liquid Swords.
Following recent, individual performances from fellow Crooklyn Dodgers O.C. and Masta Ace with NPR’s Tiny Desk series, The Genius links up with New Orleans’ eight-piece brass ensemble, The Soul Rebels. The result is a performance that is exceptional in its lyrical dexterity. GZA exercises the first three tracks off of Liquid Swords with that same smooth flow and the calm, cool, and collected and demeanor that Heads have come to know from the Wu-Tang staple.
GZA and the Rebels kick off the set with the saxophone-tinged version of “Living In The World Today,” followed by a more upbeat, jazzy version of GZA’s verse from “Duel of The Iron Mic,” sans O.D.B., Masta Killa, and Inspectah Deck of course.
As The Soul Rebels continue to roll on after performing the opening title track to his ’95 spearhead, “Liquid Swords,” GZA discusses recording and writing the cut in the basement of their own personal Shaolin studios with RZA and Masta Killa in a night filled with smoke, malt liquor, and chess.