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Classic Album Review: RZA | RZA as Bobby Digital in Digital Bullet

The Wu-Tanger stays one step ahead of his enemies. Even playing by the numbers.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Robert Diggs — aka RZA — is already the ringleader, beatmaster and all-around evil genius behind gangster-rap roughnecks The Wu-Tang Clan. On this second solo joint, he reanimates (or should that be rzarects?) another of his many aliases: Virtual comic-book superhero Bobby Digital.

Like BD’s 1998 debut In Stereo — and like every Wu-Tang Clan record — Digital Bullet comes packing heat in the form of starkly sparse beats, haunted single-note keyboard lines, horror-movie bass throbs, expletive-peppered tales about glocks and bee-yatches and blustery cameos by Clansmen and superfriends like GZA, ODB, Method Man and Masta Killa. OK, so ground-breaking it ain’t. But there’s something about RZA’s distinctive style and invention — this guy can do more with a bass drum sample and one piano key than a roomful of rappers with a warehouse of vinyl — that keeps RZA one step ahead of his enemies. Even when he’s playing by the numbers.