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    1.Skit
    2.Keynote Speaker-5
    3.Heads Up ft. Jackpot, GZA-5
    4.Skit
    5.Fire ft. Jackpot, Method Man-4
    6.Fame ft. Styles P-5
    7.Skyscraper-5
    8.Heavyweight-5 best beat so far
    9.Skit
    10.Stars-5
    11.Golden Arms-5
    12.Room Keep Shining-4.5
    13.Zilla-3
    14.Get Mine-2
    15.Mt. Everest ft. Elzhi, INS-3.5
    16.Tranzform-6
    17.Journey ft. Kool Keith-5.5
    18.Be Right There-5
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    1.Skit
    2.Keynote Speaker - 4/5
    3.Heads Up ft. Jackpot, GZA - 5/5
    4.Skit
    5.Fire ft. Jackpot, Method Man - 4.5/5
    6.Fame ft. Styles P - 4/5
    7.Skyscraper - 5/5
    8.Heavyweight - 5/5
    9.Skit
    10.Stars - 3/5
    11.Golden Arms - 4/5
    12.Room Keep Shining - 3.5/5
    13.Zilla - 4.5/5
    14.Get Mine - 5/5
    15.Mt. Everest ft. Elzhi, INS - 4/5
    16.Tranzform - 4.5/5
    17.Journey ft. Kool Keith - 5/5
    18.Be Right There - 3.5/5
    19 Days of Glory 5/5

    A very solid album from U-God.

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    Solid album to me.

    Skyscraper is my jam.

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    1.Skit
    And so the yoga session begins. Sounds like a skit for GZA's future science project album which will be released in Nevruary.

    2.Keynote Speaker - 4/5
    You can tell The Keynote Speaker is going to be on Dopium's level (minus the LSD induced remixes) based on this track alone. U-God isn't saying all that much here (when is he really?), but the beat is excellent.

    3.Heads Up ft. Jackpot, GZA - 4/5
    Mr Wotty should release an album already. Also, GZA sounds very much awake on this, which is no small feat these days.

    4.Skit
    Whaddayaknow, it's an actual functional skit. Somehow reminds me of a skit on 'Liquid Swords'.

    5.Fire ft. Jackpot, Method Man - 5/5
    Hey look, it's Mef over a good beat! U-God flows really well over these types of beats.

    6.Fame ft. Styles P - 4/5
    Not bad at all. Styles P doesn't leave all that much of an impression here.

    7.Skyscraper - 4/5
    Just as I was about to roll up my yoga mat this emanates from the speakers.

    8.Heavyweight - 5/5
    U-God in shit talker mode. Golden Arms should seek out beats like these more often as they always seem to work for him.

    9.Skit
    Makes me want to cleanse my chakra and stuff.

    10.Stars - 2.5/5
    Just leave it, U-God, it's not worth it.

    11.Golden Arms - 4/5
    And we're back on the right track. U-G maintaining the fort on this one, indeed.

    12.Room Keep spinning - 4.5/5
    The 'functioning retard' line had me cracking up. Uey in story telling mode on this one, which doesn't happen all that often. (We're still waiting for the 'Night the city cried' follow up.) When U-God tells a story it all unfolds in a very straightforward way, which isn't always a bad thing. No attention to details that really get you into the three stories here, though. Good RZA beat.

    13.Zilla - 4/5
    Same concept as Heavyweight, both in verses and beat.

    14.Get Mine - 4/5
    Bluesy. We know U-God knows how to pull this off. More surprising is that it fits in nicely with the rest of the album.

    15.Mt. Everest ft. Elzhi & Inspectah Deck - 5/5
    Late album highlight. Simply great.

    16.Tranzform - 3.5/5
    Typical friends turning on you track. It's okay.

    17.Journey ft. Kool Keith - 5/5
    Typical Kool Keith / DOOM type beat. I love it. Bit of a surprise U-God fits in so well here. Keith sounds very grounded on this one. Must have run out of hallucinogenic substances.

    18.Be Right There - 1.5/5
    Hook totally ruins it for me. Beat isn't all that either. Weak lyrics. Could have been a top song on Mr Xcitement, though!

    19. Days of Glory 5/5
    Would have fit in well on Dopium as well.

    I'd say...
    1.Keynote Speaker (a lot of quality control on this one)
    2.Dopium (the horrible dubstep remixes bring it down)
    3.Golden Arms (a mixed bag with some real gems)
    (...)
    50.Mr Xcitement (all around awful)
    51.Hillside Scramblers (same)

    This might be a good time for that 'Goldie & Ghost' collaborative album Uey has been pleading for with Starks for so many years, since Uey is in top form these days.
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    I've only heard one solo album from U-God which was his first one and it was ok. How many solo albums has he done?


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    I also like the food U-God talked about. He said he can cook spaghetti and fried chicken and i would like to taste it to see if he's a good cook. I like spaghetti and fried chicken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesJones View Post
    I've only heard one solo album from U-God which was his first one and it was ok. How many solo albums has he done?
    Golden Arms Redemption (the one you've heard)

    Mr Xcitement (worst album by a general in the Wu catalogue imo)

    U-Godzilla presents the Hillside Scramblers (his posse back then, it's a crappy album)

    Dopium (good album with some dope beats and good features by generals, some really bad techno remixes at the end)

    The Keynote Speaker (very good album for Uey's standards, he's stepped up his lyrical game)

    There was also an official mixtape leading up to Dopium called 'Bring Back God'.

    CharlesJones, check out this single from Dopium.

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    Thanks for posting this. I'll listen to it tomorrow. I like U-God.


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    The TV dinners I like is macaroni and cheese with fish and rice with chicken and broccoli. I also like Stouffer's microwaved spaghetti.
    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesJones View Post
    I also like the food U-God talked about. He said he can cook spaghetti and fried chicken and i would like to taste it to see if he's a good cook. I like spaghetti and fried chicken.

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    Is this album available on iTunes? I couldn't seem to find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pneumatic View Post
    Is this album available on iTunes? I couldn't seem to find it.
    https://itunes.apple.com/nl/album/th...er/id666758514

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    Hmm. When I clicked that link it gave me a message saying that album isn't available in the U.S. store, but it is in the Dutch store.

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    Does this perhaps work for you?

    https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/th...er/id670814447

    I still have to reinstall itunes after my laptop crashed last moment, can't check it out myself at the moment

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    That link appears to be for the Canadian store.

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    Sorry about that.

    I just checked Amazon for mp3s and they don't have them either. Very strange.

    Soultemple music still offers a download ($8), including FLACs, don't know if that's any help to you.

    http://soultemplemusic.bandcamp.com/...eynote-speaker

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    Might have to go that route. Really suprised it's not on iTunes in the states so. Thanks.

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    This album is really good, I'd say it's his best. It's also one of the best Wu-Solo's to come out since Only Built 2.

    Get Mine is really cool shit, U-God kills that new style RZA production (I think he also kills it on A Better Tomorrow)

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