Archive for July 6th, 2009


Happy Belated B-Day RZA


With all the festivities this weekend, I accidentally neglected to wish a happy born day to Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, best known as producer/composer RZA who turned the big 4-0 yesterday. 

There’s no question that RZA a.k.a. Bobby Digital is among hip-hop’s elite. Not only has he applied his masterful sample-digging abilities and innovation on the SP-1200 to create classics for Wu-Tang Clan and its various members & affiliates but he has expanded his craft beyond the confines of rap beats to score entire movies, most notably the Kill Bill series.

Still, there’s nothing more glorious for a head than RZA’s one-of-a-kind technique – from the neck-snapping drums of “It’s Yourz,” the infectious Charmels piano sampling on “C.R.E.A.M.” to the tense, synth strings of the timeless “Triumph.”

RZA is to New York’s post-golden era as Dr. Dre is to the West’s G-funk period, as both are monumental figures in the realm of rap production. Also, did you know he produced heaters for Biggie AND Big Pun while they were alive?

While the Abbott is preparing Raekwon’s upcoming album that may never see the light of day Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2, let’s take some time to celebrate one of rap’s living legends with a couple of his instrumental collections. Enjoy!

RZAThe Instrumental Experience

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Track List:

1. The Samples – Intro
2. Wu-Tang – 7th Chamber Part 2
3. Black Mamba
4. Diesel
5. Ya’ll Been Warned
6. Knowledge God
7. Child’s Play
8. Chamber Music
9. Severe Punishment
10. 7th Chamber
11. For Heaven’s Sake
12. Camay
13. Ice Cream
14. Triumph
15. State of Grace
16. Run
17. Brutality (The Grindz)
18. Hollow Bones
19. Reunited
20. Domestic Violence
21. My G.O.D.
22. Duck Seazon

RZA vs. Havoc – Instrumentals

Track List:

1. RZA – Shadowboxin’
2. Havoc – Shookones (Part 2)
3. RZA – C.R.E.A.M.
4. Havoc – Hell On Earth
5. RZA – It’s Yours
6. Havoc – It’s Mine
7. RZA – Can It Be All So Simple
8. Havoc – Hoodlum
9. RZA – 4th Chamber
10. Havoc – Quietstorm
11. RZA – Ice Cream
12. Havoc – Burn
13. RZA – Triumph
14. Havoc – Flood The Block
15. RZA – I’ll Be There For You
16. Havoc – We Up
17. RZA – Brooklyn Zoo
18. Havoc – Americaz Nightmare
19. RZA – Careful
20. Havoc – One Of Ours (Part 2)
21. RZA – Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothing To **** Wit’
22. Havoc – Why

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