Lyrics & flow are not enough to garner a good album. You have to appeal to both ends of lyrical junkies & producer heads, if not its like only winning half the battle.
"but if your complaints are also about "mediocre beats," on an album produced by rza, bronze, tru master, arabian and bink than whatever for you"
and frankly just because these guys are on a GZA album doesnt = success. They've all produced garbage in the past, Bink! isnt even on this album. Both Arabian's contributions are far cries from his earlier work with GZA, RZA produced an OK Newman sample (barely did anything to it), Tru Master's work here GREAT with Alphabets but drops a head scratcher w/ Plates. I cant say shit on Bronze, he was ill on Tools.