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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
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...
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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
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: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Babygrande Records
  • UPC: 823979030829
  • Catalog Number: 308

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Poison Ring Chamber (Intro) (0:39)
  2. 2 Wu-Tang Martial Expert (2:51)
  3. 3 The Weeping Tiger - Shallah Raekwon (3:31)
  4. 4 Sheherezad, My Beloved (The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, Ch. 1) (4:37)
  5. 5 "Death to America" (3:38)
  6. 6 In the Name of Allah - Killer Priest (7:29)
  7. 7 Jewels (3:32)
  8. 8 Brothers Aint Brothers (4:00)
  9. 9 Blazing Saddles (2:41)
  10. 10 Caravanserai, CH. 1 - Shallah Raekwon (0:44)
  11. 11 Damascus (2:56)
  12. 12 Caravanserai, CH. 2 - Salah Edin (1:07)
  13. 13 Two Missed Calls... (Skit) (1:21)
  14. 14 Dart Tournament (2:49)
  15. 15 The Saga... (4:39)
  16. 16 Forever Michael (Wacko Tablo) (3:13)
  17. 17 Elephant Juice (5:02)
  18. 18 Deaf, Dumb & Blind (4:40)
  19. 19 Warriors & Poets (Skit) (1:26)
  20. 20 Valentine Day Massacre - 9th Prince (4:59)
  21. 21 Poison Ring Chamber (Outro) (0:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The World Tour
  2. 2 Behind the Scenes: Memorable Moments
  3. 3 Behind the Scenes: In the Studio
  4. 4 Behind the Scenes: Wu-Wear Warehouse
  5. 5 The Interviews: The Rza
  6. 6 The Interviews: Cilvaringz
  7. 7 Director's Cut: The Making of Chi Kung
  8. 8 Director's Cut: Road to Egypt
  9. 9 Gallery
  10. 10 [Untitled]
  11. 11 [Untitled]
  12. 12 Anecdotes
  13. 13 Shoutouts
  14. 14 Deleted Scenes
  15. 15 [Bonus Material]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cilvaringz Primary Artist
GZA 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
Alan Ward Mastering
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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