Bobby Digital in Stereo

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Bobby Digital in Stereo
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Studio album by RZA as Bobby Digital
Released November 24, 1998
Recorded 1997–1998
Genre Hip hop
Length 67:57
Label Gee Street, V2, BMG Records
Producer RZA, Inspectah Deck, King Tech
RZA chronology
Ooh I Love You Rakeem
RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (soundtrack)
Wu-Tang Clan solo chronology
Method Man:
Tical 2000: Judgement Day
Bobby Digital in Stereo
Beneath the Surface
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[2]
NME 6/10 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media (2.9/10)[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]
The Source 3.5/5 stars[6]
Stylus (favorable)[7]

Bobby Digital in Stereo is the solo debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist and record producer RZA, of East Coast hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan. It was released on November 24, 1998, and was certified Gold on February 5, 1999, by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It is a well-received experimental album that is based on a story featuring him rhyming as a hedonistic, fun-loving alter-ego named Bobby Digital and showcasing a unique keyboard-driven sound (rather than samples) that the RZA called digital orchestra, receiving mostly positive, though somewhat mixed, reviews.


He explained the origins of Bobby Digital, saying:


Lyrical content[edit]

On the pseudonym and character of Bobby Digital, which dominated the album's lyrics, RZA later stated:

I had to live in a way that I don't really live...I got to dip my weed in honey, and I had mad bitches around me. I probably fucked with 50 bitches this year...women are queens. But if they don't know that themselves, Bobby will prey on them. He'll treat them like bitches if they don't realize that they're queens. I had to get Bobby out of me, or else I'd be emotionally unbalanced. Bobby Digital is just me feeling my nuts. RZA is my heart.[9]



The sound of the album is largely keyboard-driven, but there are still samples. On the sound of Bobby Digital, RZA stated:

I learned how to play chords and progress the chords—I got together at least 16 or 17 different keyboards for this album. I always liked orchestras and strings, so I composed a digital orchestra.[10]


Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   RZA 0:37
2. "B.O.B.B.Y."   RZA 5:23
3. "Unspoken Word"   RZA 4:44
4. "Slow-Grind African"   RZA 1:02
5. "Airwaves"   RZA 1:47
6. "Love Jones" (featuring Angel Cake) King Tech 4:31
7. "N.Y.C. Everything" (featuring Method Man) RZA 4:17
8. "Mantis" (featuring Masta Killa & Tekitha) RZA 3:33
9. "Slow-Grind French"   RZA 0:53
10. "Holocaust (Silkworm)" (featuring Holocaust, Doc Doom, Ghostface Killah & Ms. Roxy) RZA 5:14
11. "Terrorist" (featuring Dom Pachino, P.R. Terrorist, Doc Doom & Killa Sin) RZA 3:25
12. "Bobby Did It (Spanish Fly)" (featuring Islord, Timbo King, Ghostface Killah & Jamie Sommers) RZA 4:22
13. "Handwriting on the Wall" (featuring Ras Kass) RZA 1:39
14. "Kiss of a Black Widow" (featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard,) Inspectah Deck 2:47
15. "Slow-Grind Italian"   RZA 1:01
16. "My Lovin' Is Digi" (featuring The Force M.D.s & Ms. Roxy) RZA 4:26
17. "Domestic Violence" (featuring Jamie Sommers & U-God) RZA 5:18
18. "Project Talk" (featuring Kinetic 9) RZA 1:51
19. "Lab Drunk"   RZA 3:34
20. "Fuck What You Think" (featuring Islord & 9th Prince) RZA 3:10
21. "Daily Routine" (featuring Kinetic 9) RZA 4:23


  • Barney Chase – Engineer, Mixing
  • Gabe Chiesa – Engineer
  • Tom Coyne – Mastering
  • Inspectah – Producer
  • King Tech – Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • Nolan "Dr. No" Moffitte – Engineer, Mixing
  • Carl Nappa – Mixing
  • Tony Prendatt – Engineer, Mixing
  • RZA – Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • Miles Showell – Mastering, Assembly


Chart (1998) Peak
US Billboard 200[11] 16
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 3


  1. ^ Keith Farley (1998-11-16). "RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo - RZA | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  2. ^ Browne, David (1998-12-18). "Tim's Bio: From the Motion Picture: ''Life From Da Bassment''". Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  3. ^ Nme.Com (2005-09-12). "NME Reviews - RZA : Bobby Digital In Stereo". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  4. ^ "RZA: Bobby Digital In Stereo: Pitchfork Review". Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  5. ^ Hudak, Joseph. "Album Reviews, Ratings, and Best New Albums". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  6. ^ "Music: RZA As Bobby Digital in Stereo (CD) by RZA". 1998-11-24. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  7. ^ Stylus
  8. ^ "RZA interview with The Onion A.V. Club :: news articles at Wu-Tang Corp. - The Official Site of the Wu-Tang Clan". 2003-11-19. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  9. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  10. ^ "". Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  11. ^ "RZA – Chart history" Billboard 200 for RZA. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  12. ^ "RZA – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for RZA. Retrieved October 23, 2014.

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