I mean, Raekwon and Ghostface can step in and record a song in about forty-five minutes. Milestone's Color Editor, Jason Scott Jones created the cover color art digitally at a time when digital coloring was emerging in comic art eventually becoming the standard. The concept of the chessboard with its sword-wielding warriors was conceived by GZA, an avid chess player.
Recording sessions for the album began mid-way through 1995 at producer RZA's basement studio in the New York City borough of Staten Island.
The album heavily samples dialogue from the martial arts film Shogun Assassin and maintains a dark atmosphere throughout its course, while it incorporates lyrical references to chess, crime and philosophy.
Liquid Swords features numerous guest appearances from the entire nine piece Wu-Tang Clan, and also Wu-Tang affiliate Killah Priest.
Upon its release, Liquid Swords peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 chart, and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album platinum in sales nearly 20 years after its release.
Upon its initial release, Liquid Swords received critical acclaim for its complex lyricism and hypnotic musical style.Over the years, its recognition has grown, with a number of famous publishers proclaiming it as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time.In 2007, the Chicago Tribune cited it as "one of the most substantial lyrical journeys in hip-hop history".Following the success of two earlier Wu-Tang Clan solo albums -- Method Man's Tical and Ol' Dirty Bastard's Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, Wu-Tang member Raekwon began recording his acclaimed debut Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... While he and producer RZA were putting the final touches on that album, RZA and GZA began writing and recording what would eventually become Liquid Swords."I'm on a different level, trying to be cinematic," he remarked."Like that shit in 'Killah Hill' where the kid gets his leg cut to hide the dope – that shit really happened, but I'm trying to make it more visual.