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by Cilvaringz
     
 

It took six years for Wu-Tang Killa Bee Cilvaringz to put together his first album, titled, appropriately, I, and as it stands, it was worth the wait. The record is an intense, political, reflective 21-track set that touches upon Jewish-Arabic relations, the United States' political agenda, war, love, terrorism, and hip-hop itself. With…  See more details below

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It took six years for Wu-Tang Killa Bee Cilvaringz to put together his first album, titled, appropriately, I, and as it stands, it was worth the wait. The record is an intense, political, reflective 21-track set that touches upon Jewish-Arabic relations, the United States' political agenda, war, love, terrorism, and hip-hop itself. With verses from the RZA, Ghostface, GZA, Raekwon, Method Man, and Masta Killa, among others, Cilvaringz puts enough talent and credibility behind him that even if his rhymes can't hold, his guests' can. Fortunately, this is hardly the case. Ringz is a confident, skilled rapper with a strong, old-school-flavored flow that rests somewhere between Ghostface's and Brother Ali's. He's aggressive, pulling his lines along instead of letting them chase him. "King Kong bullets and ping pong, with buffering/Shook ones that t-t-t-t-t-took to stuttering," he spits in "Dart Tournament," while in "'Death to America'" (note the extra set of quotation marks) he takes things slower, more like spoken word than anything else, angrily spitting out the crimes, both historical and contemporary, of the U.S. and Britain. It's provocative, and Cilvaringz knows it, and because of it, he's careful to state that the "death to America" message is only what he "hear[s] everyday" in the Moroccan streets as well as to put a disclaimer in the liner notes regarding the album's participants' lack of awareness of his anti-Western message. Musically, though, this is definitely a Wu-Tang-affiliated and -inspired record, with the RZA's stamp all over it, even in the songs he wasn't directly connected to (he has clearly influenced Cilvaringz's approach to production, for instance), with the typical skits and violins and film samples. The rapper makes it his own, however, by using Arabic prayer and poetry, also getting dark, melodic beats from Mathematics, Fourth Disciple, Bronze Nazareth, and True Master, as well as from the RZA himself, of course. All together, it's effective, and powerful, and gives I a weight and importance that not a lot of other rap albums can truly claim. [The deluxe edition of I also comes with a bonus DVD, which contains interviews with both Cilvaringz and the RZA, concert footage, behind-the-scenes footage, and a photo gallery, among other things.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2007
Label:
Babygrande Records
UPC:
0823979030829
catalogNumber:
308

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Poison Ring Chamber (Intro)
  2. Wu-Tang Martial Expert
  3. The Weeping Tiger  -  Shallah Raekwon
  4. Sheherezad, My Beloved (The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, Ch. 1)
  5. "Death to America"
  6. In the Name of Allah  - Killer Priest
  7. Jewels
  8. Brothers Aint Brothers
  9. Blazing Saddles
  10. Caravanserai, CH. 1  -  Shallah Raekwon
  11. Damascus
  12. Caravanserai, CH. 2  - Salah Edin
  13. Two Missed Calls... (Skit)
  14. Dart Tournament
  15. The Saga...
  16. Forever Michael (Wacko Tablo)
  17. Elephant Juice
  18. Deaf, Dumb & Blind
  19. Warriors & Poets (Skit)
  20. Valentine Day Massacre  - 9th Prince
  21. Poison Ring Chamber (Outro)

Disc 2

  1. The World Tour
  2. Behind the Scenes: Memorable Moments
  3. Behind the Scenes: In the Studio
  4. Behind the Scenes: Wu-Wear Warehouse
  5. The Interviews: The Rza
  6. The Interviews: Cilvaringz
  7. Director's Cut: The Making of Chi Kung
  8. Director's Cut: Road to Egypt
  9. Gallery
  10. [Untitled]
  11. [Untitled]
  12. Anecdotes
  13. Shoutouts
  14. Deleted Scenes
  15. [Bonus Material]

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cilvaringz   Primary Artist
GZA/Genius   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Method Man   Guest Appearance
Dorona Alberti   Vocals
Blue Raspberry   Vocals
Prince Rakeem   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ghostface Killah   Vocals,Guest Appearance
moe.   Vocals
U-God   Vocals
Pharrell Williams   Vocals
Killah Priest   Guest Appearance
Cappadonna   Vocals
Eva Ries   Vocals
Barracuda   Vocals
Ne-Yo   Vocals
Mario "Big O" Caruso   Vocals
U Dog   Vocals
Moe   Vocals
Colossus   Vocals
Shallah Raekwon   Vocals,Guest Appearance
60 Second Assassin   Guest Appearance
Kareem "Kay" Woods   Vocals
DJ Sueside   scratching,Vocals
Salah Edin   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Erik Harbers   Bass Guitar
Lotte Zekhuis   Vocals
Killa Sing   Guest Appearance
Shaolindo   Guitar,Human Whistle
Roger "Intwine" Peterson   Vocals
9th Prince   Guest Appearance
Eslam Jawaad   Spoken Word
GI   Vocals
Senna   Vocals
Michele Van Der Aa   Vocals
Kareem Woods   Vocals
N-man   Guitar
Eva Ries   Vocals

Technical Credits

Prince Rakeem   Producer,Audio Production
Carlos Bess   Engineer
Fourth Disciple   Engineer,Audio Production
True Master   Audio Production
Robert Diggs   Composer,Executive Producer
Mathematics   Producer,Audio Production
Jose "Choco" Reynoso   Engineer
Cilvaringz   Audio Production
Moon   Audio Production
Barracuda   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Bronze Nazareth   Audio Production
Tarik Azzougarh   Arranger
Mark "Yce" Bazelmans   Artwork
Angelo Desogus   Arranger,Engineer,Executive Producer
DJ Sueside   Cut
Tarik Zaaougarh   Executive Producer
KillaGanz   Engineer
Joe Saleh   Paintings
Mohalim   Engineer
Moongod   Arranger

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