I never had a copy of the first Gravediggaz record (though I had certainly heard it), so diving right into this one was a little rough for me. I was in the midst of my Wu-Tang obsession, so I was leaping to purchase anything the RZA had to offer. This record turned out to be unlike the first Gravediggaz album or anything the Wu was doing at the time, and while that threw me off and probably disappointed me initially, it's made it a great record to come back to over the years.
It's thick with lyrics, weird with the beats, and just dense as shit. So, while it's not really a record you'd put on when there's a lot of people around, it's a great one to drive alone to or clean the house to, etc. There's a lot to take in, and processing it all is sometimes a chore. For some reason, I have fond memories of listening to this while driving in the dark on the freeway in the rain. It's quite effective in that scenario.
The real gem here (no pun intended) is "Twelve Jewelz," one of the finest RZA-vocals-only songs in his personal history. Witness:
"Buy wholesale never retailNow that's something.
Get females in deep spells
If you eat well, you sleep well
Send enemies to hell
What makes hair skin epidermis fingernail"
There's an intro and outro, but no other skits, and at about an hour, this is album feels pretty long sometimes. But there's some solid tracks towards the end, like "Repentance Day," which features guest spots from Killah Priest and Hell Razah, and "What's Goin' On?," a spooky track with a sweet beat by RZA.
It may not be for the casual listener, but there's some great stuff to be found here if you have the patience. Oh, and I'm still trying to figure out what Prince Paul did on this record.