Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. For Wu-Headz, this is the piece of the RZA puzzle we've been waiting a decade for. It's that important.
  2. It's as esoteric as you'd expect RZA to be. But it's also more Wu.
  3. The latest in a long line of frustratingly hit and miss solo efforts.
  4. 70
    More proof of RZA's eccentric genius. [Dec 2003, p.146]
  5. Any way you slice it, the Wu is still coming through.
  6. 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.
  7. 60
    Makes a fair case that few hip hop beat men can match the prolific musical canon of the RZA. [Dec 2003, p.214]
  8. On most of this album he doesn't sound completely off his game, just uninspired, both as an MC and a producer.
  9. RZA still sounds determined, but his rhymes are self-obsessed, repetitive, and dulled by constant calls for drugs and women.
  10. All in all, Birth of a Prince seems more like a stepping stone to better things than a fully fledged work in its own right.

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