• Record Label: DECON
  • Release Date: Feb 7, 2006

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Refined attention to detail gives Magnificent City the kind of structural awareness that distinguishes exceptional records from merely great ones.
  5. This is not RJD2's best work, but this record contains several stunning creations and very few disappointments. Aceyalone settles for too little, allowing his natural skill to carry him in the absence of true purpose, but his voice still weaves deftly throughout most of the album.
  6. Alternative Press
    If Magnificent City is occasionally over-friendly-sounding... well, so what? [Mar 2006, p.138]
  7. Paste Magazine
    A unified effort from these two proven hip-hop vets. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.96]
  8. Entertainment Weekly
    Aceyalone's deft merging of bookishness and braggadocio is a rare find. [17 Feb 2006, p.79]
  9. When RJ sticks to the bounce aesthetic and Acey keeps his writing lucid and/or topical, the record becomes the most listenable of the emcee's recent output.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. May 20, 2016
    people may not understand aces style of rapping but hes one of hip hops most underrated lyricists and has some superb work under his belt.people may not understand aces style of rapping but hes one of hip hops most underrated lyricists and has some superb work under his belt. people can say what they want. but this is like his past work. classic Full Review »
  2. nickolettest
    Apr 18, 2006
    I listen to that album over and over again. I love the rich music and Acey is cool as always.
  3. JakobK
    Apr 12, 2006
    ace and RJ when they bleed the funk in bring it best, secondly when they brind the trip they bring it good and the few tracks that don