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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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on 17 January 2006
This album was a collabo of muggs [cypress hill producer] , and gza of wu tang clan. You got two of hip hops greats. Muggs is my fav producer , so this caught my eye , as well as gza being one of my fav mcs. For me it was a must have. The album leaked however months before , and heads already had it. First off the production is a mixture of wu tang and dark cypress beats . Songs like "all in together now " are wu bangers . The production is safe to say almost flawless.
GENIUS/GZA in 1995 he released one of the greatest hip hop albums ever "liquid swords" the classic . Many wondered if gza could do that type of record again. So he then drops beneath the surface and legend of the liquid swords , decent but not near the 1995 lp. So now you have his laid back very detailed , amazing lyrics. Its the closst effort to liquid swords yet . This album saved hip hop in 2005 , gza story tellin ability is great. I cant pick out pecific songs , as they all are fantastic. Wu members are on the album ,and sen from cypress hill. But if you are into hardcore/ underground / real hip hop.. then you will like this. If you a fan of lil flip,lil jon ect... then dont touch it, cuz you probably wont like it.
PRODUCTION 4.5 /5 LYRICS 4.5/5 ORIGINALITY 5/5
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on 20 April 2006
I only had a limited amount of money to download this album so i previewed each track hoping for a weak track to reduce my price... but there wasn't a single one- at least for the first ten tracks. Even the intro was atmospheric and a perfect scene-setter( it exemplifies the importance of a strong intro). This album has tons of metaphors of chess-playing and if you think back to all the rappers you know, MF DOOM, Nas, Jay-Z, Murs, Del, Guru... hell, any rapper or rap group out there (that I know at least), there isn't anyone better to weave an album of tact, guessing, double-guessing, twists, efficiency and elegance, who else would you want behind the mic? Some say he's washed up but form is temporary - class is permanent.

His first album licked 'it though. Muggs production deserves an extra essay but we'll save that for their sequel.
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on 1 April 2006
This album is definitely a modern day classic, great production from Dj Muggs and of course great lyrics from the genius gza.
Theres no skippable tracks on this album there all good but my favourite tracks are "general principles" "all in together now" "illusory protection" and "smothered mate".
If your a wu fan or you just love hip hop buy this album now its a breath of fresh air and you wont be dissappointed!!
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on 22 April 2009
Muggs production style on this brings me back to the temple of boom with the Gza doing what he does so well.
Great album definately a classic in the making the title says it all two of the biggest legends in the game showing how it should be done.
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on 10 September 2014
GZA is on fine form here, lyrically and in delivery. His flow is dense and the metaphors run thick and fast.
Obviously some of the tracks sound like Wu cuts, a given when you look at some of the guests on the album. But this is definitely GZA's album, he just rolls over these tracks.

But not so much that he overshadows the rawness of Muggs' beats. His production is slab heavy, dark and dangerous with a heady, dusty crate digging vibe counterbalanced with some crisp, light punches that stop it becoming too overpowering.

As essential as Liquid Swords? Yeah why not. It stands up right next to it with ease.
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on 13 March 2006
I was really really looking forward to this album being released-two of Hip-Hops finest collaboratin together and all that.
The GZA is on fine form as usual but the beats just don't grab you. It sounds like a load of Wu-Tang rejections in the main,and is a little cheesy in places.
Having said that there are still some great tunes on there, especially "Queens Gambit".
I think they have just got a little bogged down in sticking to the concept of a "chess album" and this makes it a little one dimensional for my liking.
If you are a hardcore fan of The GZA/Dj Muggs then its a must buy...and to be fair it is no worse than The GZA's last two albums but is nowhere near as good as Liquid Swords......but then again what is?
If you havent got Liquid Swords buy that first, and if you like the GZA's flows (you will if you know anything about rapping).
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on 2 December 2016
very good
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BUT IT, seriously you will not be dissapointed, 2nd to liquid swords i personally beleive its a classic every beat is hot an lyrical phenomenon
all appearences come tight rza , sen dog, rae,prodigal sun all good
Kop It Now ! ! !
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