I'll admit it does not live up to the legacy set before it by other GZA albums. I'd say Liquid Swords, and Beneath the Surface are both classic records. Beyond that, Grandmasters is somewhere between good and superior, very enjoyable. Legend of the Liquid Sword is a dope album, no real whack shit on it.
I don't understand the flack this album receives. It's not great all the way through, but the intro gets my hyped, and leads well into Pencil. That's a classic wu cut, GZA and MK come correct to set it off and then The RZA kills it. One of the best verses he has dropped in recent times, along with the shit he spits on Life is a Movie. "Add a dash of spice only god can detect."
7 Pounds is a really dope record. I would reallllllly like to see GZA and Black Milk collab in person rather than through just a beat cd like in this case. However if there's more hot shit like 7 Pounds that comes through beat cds thats just fine with me.
The joint with ka is great I think, although not really due to GZA. I like how he put him on, and the track with Roc Marciano also probably helped him get shine and was a good cut.
0% finance is a good concept, not exactly fully realized potential but it's impressive lyrically.
Sure, his flow is not as dope as it was before. The only thing that kinda bothers while simultaneously impressing me is the fact that he said he basically wrote it in 4 days. Considering the level of output he had in recent years, I'd prefer if he really dedicated himself when putting shit out. Still, there's a few classic cuts and an enjoyable album in Pro Tools.
The hate I think is more due to him not living up to expectations set in people's minds rather than the its actual weakness.