Delicious! (4 Stars)
, January 2, 2009
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"Digi Snacks" marks a significant change in RZA's style. It's quite a bit different than his other offerings as Bobby Digital. And anyone who's been following his recent Wu & non-Wu projects, knows he's up on the experimental tip as of late. With that said, "Digi Snacks" offers some incredible production on what may be his most cohesive Bobby Digital project yet. Where RZA was more "in your face" on his 1998 album, he is decidedly more laid back here. The production is dark & mysterious, as well as head-noddingly gorgeous. In short, this is a some classic RZA material.
While RZA doesn't come as aggressively visceral as he once did, his rhyming style is still very tight and alluring. I'm really digging his lyrical content too. To me, he's making all the right moves with this album. However, there is one track that I constantly skip, and it is a notable slip-up. "Straight Up The Block" featuring David Banner is pure trash in my opinion. Banner doesn't do anything but ruin this track, and his contributed production is actually fairly weak as well. It's a little disappointing considering this is the first single on the album, and it's the only wack joint on the CD. It's actually a deterrent for those that learn about new projects from the radio. Thankfully, that is the only real blemish on the entire album despite a couple semi-forgettable (though not bad) cuts. My top picks are "Long Time Coming", "You Can't Stop Me Now", "Try Ya Ya Ya", "Money Don't Own Me", "Creep", & "Drama". Highly recommended material.