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  • Summary: 'City' finds veteran underground rapper Aceyalone backed by beats from RJD2.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. It's the product of two remarkable artists working in perfect unison, powered by an effortless chemistry that recalls similarly blessed collaborations between Madlib and MF Doom, or MF Doom and Danger Mouse.
  2. Aceyalone can't do it by himself, and by finding a kindred musical spirit in RJD2, he manages to make an album as expansive as his talent continually hints at.
  3. More than a few productions provide the type of slick, West Coast grind that allows Aceyalone to play the Lothario but still sound like he's satirizing the lover-man archetype.
  4. A unified effort from these two proven hip-hop vets. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.96]
  5. If Magnificent City is occasionally over-friendly-sounding... well, so what? [Mar 2006, p.138]
  6. Aceyalone's deft merging of bookishness and braggadocio is a rare find. [17 Feb 2006, p.79]
  7. Magnificent City is lazy and inept, devoid of force and inspiration and chemistry.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. AndrewS
    Feb 22, 2006
    10
    loved the album, looking forward to the shows!
  2. AlaMony
    Mar 6, 2006
    9
    Solid, solid cd. Gets better as you listen further. Rhymes and beats all tie together. Not the best work from either one, but plenty good enough.
  3. nickolettest
    Apr 18, 2006
    9
    I listen to that album over and over again. I love the rich music and Acey is cool as always.
  4. AlW
    Feb 14, 2006
    8
    Good beats, but Ace is a little bit lacking on the lyrics.
  5. Abz
    Mar 30, 2006
    8
    Acey always delivers quality sounding lyrics even if the content is a little devoid of original flavor. I find this effort a success but not Acey always delivers quality sounding lyrics even if the content is a little devoid of original flavor. I find this effort a success but not Acey's best joint by far. As for production... Dope! Love the variation in RJ's style... always original and very reminiscent of Prince Paul from a creativity perspective! Abz Expand
  6. bon
    Mar 3, 2006
    3
    Aceyalone serves terribly as a lyricist, Rjd2 shows potential as a beat maker but this is far from his work on Deadringer or 8,000,000 stories
  7. TaiGuy
    Mar 3, 2006
    2
    Ace is horrible, needs to return to his pre millenium self, Rj is decent but only shows hints of genius, the album's two best songs are Ace is horrible, needs to return to his pre millenium self, Rj is decent but only shows hints of genius, the album's two best songs are solomon jones and a sunday morning mystery, the only song where we don't have to here ace rapping Expand

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