The Birth of a Prince

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
RZA's first full-blown "RZA as RZA" solo album is not The Cure, the long-promised masterpiece that has gathered a great deal of mystique throughout the years. Hampered by a valley that's thankfully cleaved by some considerable peaks, Birth of a Prince is instead a durable addition to the Wu-Tang legacy. By no means is it a masterpiece, and it's not even one of the best Wu-Tang solo albums -- but it has enough going for it to prevent most of the followers from losing interest. Following the all-but-completely unheard The World According to RZA -- an ambitious project featuring lyricists representing continents other than North America -- as well as arriving almost ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
RZA's first full-blown "RZA as RZA" solo album is not The Cure, the long-promised masterpiece that has gathered a great deal of mystique throughout the years. Hampered by a valley that's thankfully cleaved by some considerable peaks, Birth of a Prince is instead a durable addition to the Wu-Tang legacy. By no means is it a masterpiece, and it's not even one of the best Wu-Tang solo albums -- but it has enough going for it to prevent most of the followers from losing interest. Following the all-but-completely unheard The World According to RZA -- an ambitious project featuring lyricists representing continents other than North America -- as well as arriving almost simultaneously with his contributions to the score of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Vol. 1 beneath the CD cradle is an ad for the film, and the disc is kicked off by a reference to it, Birth of a Prince neither diminishes nor bolsters RZA's stature. Along with an ineffective middle patch, some of the guest appearances hold the record back. The Megahertz-produced "We Pop" serves up a vicious dose of zapping funk, but one of the worst verses in the history of hip-hop "All y'all can see is the back of my jersey/Blowin' in the wind goin' back to Jersey/Off to Brooklyn, left ya back in Jersey/I was doin' a buck-90 like a throwback jersey", delivered by an uncredited up-and-comer?, kills the effect. The opening and closing thirds show RZA firing on nearly cylinder -- lyrically inspired, conceptually dense, sequentially tight. While many will no doubt see this as an unfocused record, those who take it on more of a song-by-song basis will value it as a respectable addition to RZA's body of work -- an addition with plenty to offer amid some weak tangents.
Vibe - Keith Murphy
On his third solo set, Birth of a Prince, the Wu-Tang Clan's genre-defining visionary gets back in touch with the tireless figure who oversaw more than 10 albums.
Blender - G. Beato
RZA's coded swirls are fascinating.

RZA's coded swirls are fascinating.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2004
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768465213
  • Catalog Number: 84652

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bob N' L (2:52)
  2. 2 The Grunge (1:56)
  3. 3 We Pop (4:53)
  4. 4 Grits (4:17)
  5. 5 Fast Cars (3:59)
  6. 6 Chi Kung (4:20)
  7. 7 You'll Never Know (3:23)
  8. 8 Drink, Smoke + Fcuk (3:23)
  9. 9 The Whistle (3:02)
  10. 10 The Drop Off (3:27)
  11. 11 Wherever I Go (4:49)
  12. 12 Koto Chotan (2:50)
  13. 13 A Day to God Is 1,000 Years (3:57)
  14. 14 Cherry Range (3:25)
  15. 15 The Birth (4:38)
  16. 16 See the Joy (3:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
RZA Primary Artist
Djibril Toure Bass
Emi Augustin Trumpet
Ramxy Jones Drums
Khahil Murray Flute
Yumika Parjcey Keyboards
Technical Credits
RZA Arranger, Producer
Tru Master Producer
E. Turner Composer
Emily Lazar Mastering
Jose "Choco" Reynoso Producer, Engineer
R. Jones Composer
Megahertz Producer
Barracuda Producer
Bronze Nazareth Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Wu is Back!!!

    I was very impressed by this album. The production was excellent and consistent(which caught me by surprise since Rza only produced 10/16 tracks). The lyrics from Rza all the way down to the guest features were on point. This is truly one of the purest albums in hip-hop.

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