Okay, technically this may not be a 5 star classic album but being released amidst the amount of diluted and commercialised hip hop junk out there, this album is definetely a refreshing slice of east-coast rap music. Rza has always been one of my favourite MC's and his technical ability and lyrical genius shines on this album over layers of some of the most funky hooks and beats that you are likely to hear this year. It's also good to see Rza returning to his conscious roots by using uplifting intelligent lyrics as opposed to some of the trash he spurted out on the Bobby Digital album. Don't get me wrong, there is still a bit of Bobby Digi on this album but the bulk of the album is more original Rza. Outstanding tracks [and i do mean outstanding] include "The Birth" (the sample on this is sheer class) and "A day to God is 1000 years".
You may have had the chance to peep Wu-Tang Clan master RZA's earlier solo albums as Bobby Digital. Before he blew up big time with Wu-Tang Clan, he was known as Prince Rakeem with mellower sound. This album is basically a transition from Bobby Digital to Prince Rakeem. The album starts off with Bobby Digital sound, abstract futuristic music (e.g. The Grunge, Fast Cars). Then the shape gently shifts to Prince Rakeem sound with mellow and gentle pace (e.g. A Day To God Is 1000 Years, The Birth and See The Joy). This album is definitely one of the top 10 albums of 2003. It's got something for everyone. Old School (Bob N' I), club banger (We Pop), old Wu-Tang sound (You'll Never Know) new Wu-Tang sound (A Day To God..., Cherry Range), the satisfaction is guaranteed. The album has a healthy mix of mainstream and underground Hip Hop, making it quite diverse piece of work. Production is a top notch with RZA's renowned bangers and few up and coming guest producers like Megahertz and Bronze Nazareth, all shining just as much as RZA himself. On the mic, guests include Division, Cilva ringz, and of course fellow Wu-Tang Clansmen Ghostface Killah and Masta Killah.
two or three really good tracks , maybe more if im being kind , but even the really good tracks sound strangely dated somehow . in my opinion the wu havent made any albums that have truely gripped me since the days of raekwons first or wu-tang forever . there is much better hip hop music being made out there right now by the likes of viktor vaughn (mf doom) and outkast with better albums like the jaylib lp for example . although, having said that ,im still looking forward to the cure when/if it ever gets released .