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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. 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.
  5. 60
    Makes a fair case that few hip hop beat men can match the prolific musical canon of the RZA. [Dec 2003, p.214]
  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: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 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 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. Collapse
  2. [Anonymous]
    Dec 14, 2003
    10
    Knowledge!!!
  3. troyw
    Oct 26, 2004
    10
    must buy! instinct classic! a taste of the to come.."the cure""!!!
  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. jux
    Jan 16, 2004
    9
    What makes this album so good is that it continues to get better and better with each track. The Rza is still on top of his game, no What makes this album so good is that it continues to get better and better with each track. The Rza is still on top of his game, no question. I don't know for everybody else who's into "beg for mercy" please!, of Jay-Z's Wack album oh I mean the black album but the birth of a Prince is something I can relate to in many different ways. Keep on bangin' em Wu Expand
  6. 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 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
  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 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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