So I've played through Liquid Swords multiple times and it's obviously fucking phenomenal. RZA's production is at it's pinnacle and GZA just slays it over and over. Not to mention the Wu guest appearances. Inspectah Deck, imo, had the best feature on "Cold World" and you could even say he outshined GZA on that track.
Still, even after all plays I've given the album I'm still finding it somewhat difficult to keep up. I feel like a lot of what GZA spits goes over my head. OB4CL is next. I've seen many put Liquid Swords at the top of all Wu solo projects, but I see the same with OB4CL. Which do you guys prefer? Liquid Swords or OB4CL?
And holy shit, Kendrick's expected to sell 200k his first week? GOD DAMN.
Yeah, Deck was the best rapper in the WU back then, to me. He had some of the most memorable verses on their debut, and then he OWNED their second album. And all his guest appearances in between. Deck from 93-97(the Wu's prime) was their best rapper IMO.
One of the great hip hop tragedies was the flood that destroyed a lot of RZA's records, including the beats he had lined up for Deck's solo debut which was supposed to come out in like 95-96. It ruined his album, and had to scrap it and by the time his first solo dropped in like '98, it wasn't nearly as good as everyone hoped. Big shame.
As for Kendrick's album sales......Combat Analyst, I told you he had a big buzz and growing fanbase and didn't need Gaga, and would do quite well if the music is good! I fully expected all that, but even I am surprised it's 200K +. Fantastic numbers. Word of mouth can still be a huge way to generate buzz, which is what has happened with twitter, blogs, reviews, message boards, etc.......EVERYONE(except Shyne....clown) is singing this album's praises, and generating more and more buzz.