Anyone Anticipating The New Rza As Bobby Digital Album “Digi Snacks”???

I gotta be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to another Bobby Digital album from The Rza. It just feels like Rza’s been stuck in this “character” since the late 90s for no good reason. It’s almost like a cop-out for him to make some bullshit and chalk it up to his alter ego. I can dig it artistic expression, and folks know I’m all for fans letting artists be artistic, but shit Bobby Digital shit has gone way too far. Or has it?

When I really think about it, Birth Of A Prince came out five years ago, and that album had some joints on it for real. “A Day To God Is 1,000 Years” is still remarkable till this day. Digital Bullet was good, and Bobby Digital In Stereo is pretty much a classic (depending on which type of Wu stan you’re talking to). So I don’t know, maybe it’s just my own tastes have changed over the years, because when I hear about some new Rza shit, I’m not like really looking forward to it or anything like that. There is no anticipation of it whatsoever. Then again, I don’t really look forward to any rap music these days, so chalk it up to that.

Still and all, I finally gave some of these leaked tracks from the upcoming Digi Snacks album a listen (it drops next Tuesday), and lo and behold, they’re pretty impressive. Vocally, Rza’s always been an acquired taste. His mish mash of words always seem like they’re written to some oft-beat poetic meter on a paper page rather than with a 4/4 drum beat playing in the background, and that makes his flow choppy. When you’re used to listening to contemporary rap, where everyone follows the same line for line easy as sunday morning rhyme pattern, Rza takes some getting used to. You’ve definitely gotta get into the music, it’s not going to just jump out at you.

Which is what surprised me about “You Can’t Stop Me Now,” which is easily the most straightforward Rza song I’ve heard in years. It’s just simple and good. I have no idea if he produced it or not, but it’s very well put together, almost sounds like something that could have been on 8 Diagrams, but better than all the tracks on that album except for “The Heart Gently Weeps.” He probably played the beat for everyone in the clan and they fronted on it, talking bout it has too many guitars or some corny like that.

My favorite line in the song: “So I dropped a half a G on a rented SP/ 1200 sampler, and a yamaha 4 track/ the bass from the lab used to blow the fuckin door back”

Anyway, now I’m definitely anxious to check out the rest of Digi Snacks next week. I shouldn’t have fronted on Bobby after all these years. He’s still got it.

Rza- “Booby Trap”

Rza- “Long Time Coming”

Rza- “Straight Off The Block”

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  • dronkmunk

    Yeah I just copped the leak this morning. Only been thru a few tracks so far but I was as surprised as you. Good post.

    Technically, Birth of a Prince was not a Bob Digi Album. It was just RZA as himself.

  • dronkmunk

    On the otherside of it though, this album could be a lot stronger with cameos from Ghost or Meth.

  • phantom

    can’t wait for this! Long time coming is great. Bout time the sites shining light on something other than the lils and yungs. Fuck a leak!! buy the album dumb dumb…actin like buying a leak a week early is cool. Fuck outa here.

  • 239allday

    This shit from RZA is so refreshing from all the bullshit I been hearing for the past three years. I saw the Video for You Can’t Stop Me Now on MTV Jams and at first I thought it was old because I was actually feelin it. Shit is Fire.

  • render

    dude needs to link some of these joints to rae and ghost and start mending fences. you can dig a rza joint in spite of his rhymes but never because of them

    that new renegades of funk track is hot as hell… need to see a wu fam remix to or not

  • Vicious Seiger

    Great Production actually quite refreshing [anybody shocked by the David Banner & RZA Collabo]. Co-sign on render’s comments ” you can dig a rza joint in spite of his rhymes but never because of them” maybe he should just stick strictly to production because I can’t remember one hip hop quotable from him. After all these years that choppy flow is quite irritating to my ears [Almost as much as the guy Ying Yang Twins with that yelp, Shawty Lo, Soulja Boy and too many more to name].

  • northern california bay area

    robert analog…


    Just a thought:

    Will we ever see a string of excellent producer-driven albums like the RZA helmed between 36 Chambers & Bobby Digital In Stereo again?

    And remember the “Wake Up” beat he did for KillArmy sample “The Lonely Man” fron the Hulk TV show? Damn, I miss the 90s…..

  • d. b. cooper

    I’ll be copping this.

    To answer Born in the North’s question

    Funcrusher Plus
    Little Johnny From the Hospituhl
    The Cold Vein
    Fantastic Damage
    I Phantom
    High Water
    Mo Mega
    I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead

    Not saying it equals the RZA but it’s the closest thing since the RZA.

    The Neptunes could have done it if they had anybody besides The Clipse (a crying shame about Rosco, he’s probably still dope)