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Birth of a Prince Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Oct. 7 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000CDLCC
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
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1. We Pop
2. You'll Never Know
3. Fast Cars
4. Chi Kung
5. The Birth
6. Cherry Range
7. Drink, Smoke and Fukc
8. The Drop Off
9. Bob N' I
10. The Grunge
11. Koto Chotan
12. The Whistle
13. A Day To God Is 1000 Years
14. Grits
15. Wherever I Go
16. See The Joy

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After two albums as Bobby Digital, RZA finally releases an album as… RZA. Although those hoping to hear his signature Wu-Tang soul style may come away disappointed, the man's mastery over dissonance continues. Tracks like "The Whistle" and "The Grunge" scrape fingernails on the chalkboard, but make it sound funky. Guest producers like Tru Masta and Choco help shoulder the load with some beats that sound like vintage RZA (such as Tru Masta's "Fast Cars") and others that take him in new directions. Lyrically, RZA gets even grittier than he did in his Bobby D days, spitting rusty-nail rhymes about his thug past, blasting shotguns, and swinging his Shaolin sword. As he twists your mind on the mellowing "A Day to God Is 1000 Years" and masters his lyrical martial arts on "Chi Kung," RZA reminds us that he's not just the Wu's scientist of sound, but he's also one of the crew's forgotten MC talents. --Oliver Wang

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Reading the other reviews made me write this. All of the bad reviews I read were by people who can't understand this album. A Day to God is 1,000 Years, See the Joy, Birth are three songs that I'm sure went over a lot of people's heads. Just because you can't understand it doesn't mean it isn't good. There are some bad/negative songs to me, but those songs are there because this was a concept album about the duality of man (as is the whole idea of Bobby Digital). Rza is showing his before and after achieving knowledge of self (hence the skit with his enlighetner handing him the 120 lessons). I would buy this album again if I lost it, for the simple fact that there are songs on this album that will help you gain a little bit of understanding about life. Rza is an extremely wise man (read the Tao of Wu). I think that the ignorance of a lot of hip hop fans is the reason why he couldn't release an album of completely righteous content. If you sat this man down at a table with ANY other rapper, he could make them look like a fool. Support him.
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I am a confirmed alternative music addict. Recently i have checked into the flow and feel of the hip hop universe. RZA was the first stop on my journey. His production is truly one of a kind.
I bought RZA's latest work wich happened to be this cd. My favorite track on this disc is "Chi Kung": Real mellow samurai sound. I also think that "the Grunge" kicks, with the synths going off scale, creating great disharmonic gnarly grooves.
"Fast Cars" is rocking. "Bob N' I" is chill. "We pop" is a hit. And "the Whistle" is a real ride along song (im a snowboarder).
First half of the album delivers the grooves. The other half is misssing the touch (except "Koto Chotan"). I should really liked to hear RZA's personal sound all the way trough the album.
I won't give it a hi5. But it truly have some good beats.
Re edit: After Ive listened to the disc a while I think "The Birth" & "You`ll Never Know" are the best tracks. They carry out the RZA wisdom as he call it. But I agree with Eric R. that this disc has some really annoying tracks. Spesially "The Drop Off" & "Cherry Range".
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According to legend RZA's actual solo debut as RZA is supposed to be entitled "The Cure" his masterpiece, which this piece obviously is not in both name and content. He didn't change the title of it, he still references "The Cure" in the linear notes but this isn't a Bobby Digital release either although the opening track makes reference to him, this release I see takes it's name from what RZA went by in his early years before the Wu-Tang Clan came into effect, which was Prince Rakeem. He released one EP "Ooh We Love You Rakeem" on Tommy Boy in 1991 and after that he dropped that moniker in favour of RZA and then Bob Digi. This is that characters "rzarection" if you will. As an album it's self I expected a lot more from a producer that is held up in the ranks of Pete Rock, Dj Premier & Dr. Dre in the realm of ability and influence. This album has it's real gems but it also has it's real lumps of garbage. Some of the beats seemed to be lacking that little extra something that a genius like RZA should be the one adding in. The guests bar a few get pretty dull and uninspired. But and there's a but when the beats are well crafted and RZA gets back to his introspective though provoking lyrics and Shaolin style and things just click it's some of the best music out there. Unfortunately that doesn't happen quite enough on this album. Now I'll shed light on a few tracks...
We Pop ft/ Ol' Dirty Bastard ~ For a post 2000 Wu solo album this one keeps the Wu sound pretty good but this track just disrupts the flow completely it's past different and interesting and gets into "out of place" territory.
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To start off, I would actually give this album somewhere between a 3.5 and 4 but that wasn't an option so i'll round it up cuz it's closer to a 4. i can't believe some people here saying that this is a classic and that it measures up with wu solos like cuban linx or liquid swords. i am a huge wu fan, i have followed them since they started and i will say not only is this not one of the best wu solos, it isn't even close to being Rza's best solo. Bobby Digital and Digital Bullet are both better. with that said, this is still a good album. I really didn't feel it that much at first but it definetly grew on me and i have been listening to it a lot lately.
1)Bob N' I- 4/5 - Nice start to the album. A little "b-boy freestyle" by rza although i doubt it was freestyled.
2)The Grunge- 4/5 - This song kinda annoyed me at first but it grew on me and now i would say it's pretty damn hot.
3)We Pop- 2/5 - Disgusting. This isn't Rza. This isn't a Wu song. Tell me I'm dreaming. Tell me that they took a P.Diddy song a imposed it on to this album because this is rediculously wack. The last guy(i think his name is Freemurda) is so unbelievably wack, I honestly felt naueseous. he is so wack, words don't do justice to how wack he is. if i wanted to here a song like this, i'd pick up a nelly cd or something.
4)Grits- 5/5 - Great song. it kinda reminds me of "all that i got is you" by ghostface but is not as emotional. the chorus got stuck in my head. masta killa represents as well and does his thing like he always does.
5)Fast Cars- 5/5 - Yeah, this is what i'm talking about. Dope ass track. definetly one of my favorites of the album. my favorite wu member ghostface comes through and does his thing as always.
6)Chi Kung- 4/5 - pretty good song.
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