Digi Snacks

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Digi Snacks
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Studio album by RZA as Bobby Digital
Released June 24, 2008
Recorded 2007-2008
Genre Hip hop
Length 60:04
Label Wu Music Group, Koch
Producer RZA, David Banner, King Tech, Panauh Kalayeh[1]
RZA chronology
RZA-Instrumental Experience
(2007)
Digi Snacks
(2008)
The RZA Presents: Afro Samurai Resurrection OST
(2009)
Wu-Tang Clan solo chronology
Ghostface Killah:
The Big Doe Rehab
(2007)
Digi Snacks
(2008)
Cappadonna:
The Cappatilize Project
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Boston Globe (mixed)[3]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
The Observer 4/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media (4.0/10)[7]
PopMatters (7/10)[8]
Seattle Weekly (mixed)[9]
The Village Voice (favorable)[10]
XXL 3/5 stars (L)[11]

Digi Snacks is the fourth solo studio album by American rapper and a producer RZA; the third album under his Bobby Digital alias. Continuing the story from Digital Bullet, the album was released,[12][13] on June 24, 2008 on Koch Records.[14] The album was originally entitled Digi Snax, but was changed before release.[15]

The album's first single, "You Can't Stop Me Now", features fellow Wu-Tang Clan rapper Inspectah Deck;[12] a track by this name featured in reports of early track listings of the group's 8 Diagrams album. RZA has since released another track, "Drama", featuring Monk of Black Knights and singer Thea van Seijen.[16]

The album also features production from David Banner (on "Straight Up the Block", mooted to be the album's second single), from California producer Panauh Kalayeh, and from King Tech,[1] as well as live instrumentation from Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated funk/soul group Stone Mecca. The latter also backed RZA on a June/July tour of the US, which also featured "surprise appearances by Wu-Tang members and affiliates",[1] to accompany the album's release.[13][17]

RZA described the album to Billboard.com as "simply fun hip-hop... a perfect blend of reality, fiction, sci-fi and martial arts".[1] The album cover's design was done by Gary Alford, and includes a brief comic within the sleeves.[18]

Background[edit]

Production[edit]

The album's first single, "You Can't Stop Me Now", features fellow Wu-Tang Clan rapper Inspectah Deck;[12] a track by this name featured in reports of early track listings of the group's 8 Diagrams album. The track samples a version of the Barrett Strong/Norman Whitfield composition "Message from a Black Man", also previously sampled by Mos Def on Undeniable in True Magic, MF DOOM on the King Geedorah album Take Me to Your Leader[21] and in the same year, sampled by Nas and producer Salaam Remi for "You Can't Stop Us Now," from the rapper's Untitled album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Digi Snacks Intro" (featuring Understanding) RZA 2:07
2. "Long Time Coming" (featuring Danny Keyz) Panauh Kalayeh, James Desmond, Danny Keyz 4:11
3. "You Can't Stop Me Now" (featuring Inspectah Deck) RZA, George Drakoulias 4:08
4. "Straight Up the Block" David Banner 3:01
5. "Booby Trap" (featuring Dexter Wiggles) RZA 3:40
6. "Try Ya Ya Ya" (featuring Monk & Thea Van Seijen) Che Vicious, RZA 3:32
7. "Good Night" (featuring Rev William Burk, Crisis & Thea Van Seijen) RZA 5:04
8. "No Regrets" RZA 3:01
9. "Money Don't Own Me" (featuring Monk & Stone Mecca) RZA 4:52
10. "Creep" (featuring Black Knights, Northstar, Thea Van Seijen & Dexter Wiggles) King Tech 4:44
11. "Drama" (featuring Monk & Thea Van Seijen) RZA 5:00
12. "Up Again" (featuring John Frusciante, Beretta 9, Rev William Burk, George Clinton & El DeBarge) RZA, John Frusciante 6:19
13. "Put Your Guns Down" (featuring Star) The Bad Parts 3:34
14. "Love Is Digi/Part II" (featuring Beretta 9, Crisis & Thea Van Seijen) RZA 2:47
15. "O Day" RZA 4:00

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[22] 111
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[23] 29

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "RZA Returns To Bobby Digital For 'Digi Snax'". Billboard.com. 2008-04-17. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  2. ^ David Jeffries (2008-06-24). "Digi Snacks - RZA | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 
  3. ^ "Take about an indentity crisis". Boston.com. 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 
  4. ^ "CG: Artist 5956". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 
  5. ^ Dorian Lynskey. "Urban CD: RZA As Bobby Digital, Digi Snacks". Music.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 
  6. ^ "Review: Rza As Bobby Digital, Digi Snacks". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 
  7. ^ "RZA: Digi Snacks". Pitchfork. 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 
  8. ^ "RZA as Bobby Digital: Digi Snacks". PopMatters. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 
  9. ^ Capp, Kevin (2008-06-20). "Seattle News and Events | CD Review: Bobby Digital's Digi Snacks". Blogs.seattleweekly.com. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 
  10. ^ Baron, Zach (2008-07-02). "Bobby Digital's Digi-Snacks". Village Voice. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 
  11. ^ "RZA as Bobby Digital Digi Snacks - XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 
  12. ^ a b c "RZA Readies Another Bobby Digital Record". Artistdirect. 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  13. ^ a b Thompson, Paul (2008-04-04). "RZA Reveals New Bobby Digital Album, Tour". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  14. ^ Thompson, Paul. (29 May 2008) "RZA Finalizes Snacks Tracks, Adds Date With GZA". Pitchfork Media. Accessed 2 June 2008.
  15. ^ "Bobby Digital returns with DIGI SNACKS on June 24th :: news articles at Wu-Tang Corp. - The Official Site of the Wu-Tang Clan". Wutang-corp.com. 2008-05-24. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 
  16. ^ "Bangers >> RZA ft. Monk & Thea "Drama"". XXL. Harris Publications. 2008-03-17. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  17. ^ Weiner, Nat (2008-04-08). "New Bobby Digital in July". Prefix. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  18. ^ "Hip Hop poster and artwork by Gary Alford". WuPoster.com. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  19. ^ "'Digi Snacks' info from RZA | Prefix". Prefixmag.com. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  20. ^ "Rza: Kung Fu Cures Perversion!". L.A. Record. 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 
  21. ^ Hogan, Marc (2008-03-18). "New Music: RZA as Bobby Digital [ft. Inspectah Deck]: "You Can't Stop Me Now" [Stream]". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  22. ^ "RZA – Chart history" Billboard 200 for RZA. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  23. ^ "RZA – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for RZA. Retrieved October 23, 2014.

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