Over a dozen years later, GZA can still pack shows across the globe merely by tossing “Presents Liquid Swords” in front of his name on the bill. Indeed, few albums have aged better than this masterpiece, a record that sounds as simultaneously ancient and modern as it was when it was first released. Ultimately, whether you prefer Liquid Swords, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx or any of the other great Wu records doesn’t matter much; what does is the fact that they’ve left — and are still leaving — a body of work imbued with a timelessness rarely found in contemporary hip-hop. Even if they still haven’t invented a catchy dance step.
GZA performs Liquid Swords in its entirety on Sat., March 29, at the El Rey Theatre.