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  • Summary: The Wu-Tang producer returns to his RZA moniker with this latest solo release, after two previous albums under the "Bobby Digital" name.
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. 60
    Makes a fair case that few hip hop beat men can match the prolific musical canon of the RZA. [Dec 2003, p.214]
  5. 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.
  6. On most of this album he doesn't sound completely off his game, just uninspired, both as an MC and a producer.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. [Anonymous]
    Dec 14, 2003
    10
    Knowledge!!!
  2. troyw
    Oct 26, 2004
    10
    must buy! instinct classic! a taste of the to come.."the cure""!!!
  3. ds
    Jan 5, 2004
    10
    The reviewers who gave Prince a bad rating don't understand - they probably on listened to it once. Yeah, with only one listen it seems no up to par w/ RZA's genius cuz there's no club or MTV singles, but, yo, this was the crisp perfection and wisdom i've been waiting for - every track is ill. no joke. Expand
  4. marcusb
    Dec 10, 2003
    9
    A great album, mutch slower than the bobby digital records, but still good. His a master producer and rapper. heavy lyrics!
  5. ElijahS
    Dec 17, 2003
    8
    This is a definte puzzle piece. The next one will be amazing when he, in his story reaches self lord and mastery. So I overerstand peoples misunderstanding. Expand
  6. Ale?S
    Mar 29, 2004
    8
    there´s one more thing i want to add:last but one song called The Birth is not important only for the coherence with the album title,it is undoubtedly one of the strongest hiphop track ever made.sad as the flight of the pigeon,melancholic like the eye of the moon in deep silent night. really,it reminds me the great soundtrack which rza made for brilliant Jim Jarmusch movie Ghost Dog-The Way of the Samurai.Short scream,mood keyboards,great beat,perfect rza´s flow and production-enter to the world of shivering music and remember:all of us,ever since our births,we had no one to care.peace. Expand
  7. SpikeJ
    Sep 29, 2005
    8
    Ingenius, album. Can't give it a full 10, because he has yet to outdo Enter the 36 Chambers. Rza's flow has matured on this albums and the contributors were perfect for each track. Expand

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