GZA’s ‘Liquid Swords’ certified platinum 20 years after its release

One of the best Wu-Tang solo records finally reaches benchmark

GZA‘s rap classic ‘Liquid Swords’ has achieved platinum status – almost two decades after its initial release.

The Wu-Tang Clan rapper’s second solo album will turn 20-years-old on November 7 and, as reported by Okayplayer, the record was finally certified platinum by the RIAA last month.

One of earliest Wu-Tang solo albums to be released after the group’s 1993 debut ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’, ‘Liquid Swords’ is recognised as one of the best solo efforts put out by a clan member. Like a lot of other mid-nineties solo Wu-Tang music, the LP was recorded in the Staten Island basement studio of fellow group member – and GZA’s cousin – RZA. A deluxe edition of the album was released in 2012 and included, among other bonuses, a chess set.


Wu member Raekwon, meanwhile, has stated that he’d be open to a film about the group. Rae was speaking in an interview with Hot 97 recently following the release of NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.

“When we make a Wu movie, bet your ass it’s gonna be serious because we gotta tell the truth,” he said. “I think that’s what I love about the Straight Outta Compton movie is that they told the truth. When we do get to that level and it happens, it has to be the real story. It’s gonna be an interesting one, cause I said – [fellow Wu-Tang member] RZA hit the lotto one day. He knew who he had, but he didn’t know what he had. So let’s keep it right there.”