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Posted by: Dave on July 7, 2008 at 5:53 pm

RZADigiSnacksNote: This is the Wu-Tang Clan mastermind’s third solo album as the character Bobby Digital. It’s been seven years since his alter ego’s last full length release, 2001’s Digital Bullet.
Sound: Most of RZA’s beats have a hypnotic quality – whether they’re mystical and psychedelic, sexy and soulful or spacey and swirling. He also throws in one track with ominous piano and another with spooky synthesizer.
Vocals: There’s a hefty roster of guest MCs – most of them are pretty under-the-radar and none of them outshine RZA with his nasal, deliberate, left-field pearls of wisdom. The guest singers, however, have a more commanding presence with their soul/r&b hooks. Recurring collaborator Thea van Seijen makes the biggest impact with a captivating and seductive croon reminiscent of Erykah Badu.
Heavy Rotation track: “Try Ya Ya Ya” featuring Monk
Medium Rotation tracks: “Straight Up the Block”; “Booby Trap” featuring Dexter Wiggles; “You Can’t Stop Me Now” featuring Inspectah Deck; “Drama” featuring Thea van Seijen and Monk; “O’Day”
Recommended: RZA’s beats and rhymes and Thea van Seijen’s frequent vocal contributions are definitely worth your time – along with a couple of other guest hooks and verses. But there are a lot of lackluster appearances from the featured MCs that dilute the quality of the songs. At a lengthy 16 tracks, the album on the whole is underwhelming.
Grade: B-

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One Response to “RZA as Bobby Digital Digi Snacks (Koch)”

  1. Nas [Untitled] (Def Jam) « songseek.net Says:

    […] Look For: Track 2 contains interpolations from “Message from a Blackman,” a song that was originally recorded by The Temptations and included on their 1969 album Puzzle People. It has since been covered and sampled many times. Interestingly though, RZA just paid homage to the song by sampling it on the first single – “You Can’t Stop Me Now” – from his recently released album Digi Snacks. It’s unfortunate for both Nas and RZA that the classic song was reinterpreted on tracks prominently featured on albums they released just three weeks apart from each other – kinda steals the thunder for both of them. […]

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