Grandmasters (album)

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Grandmasters
Studio album by DJ Muggs vs. GZA (The Genius)
ReleasedOctober 25, 2005
Recorded2005
GenreHip hop, hardcore hip hop
Length43:46
LabelAngeles ANG-1001/3/5
ProducerDJ Muggs
DJ Muggs chronology
Dust
(2003)
Grandmasters
(2005)
Legend of the Mask and the Assassin (2007)
GZA chronology
Legend of the Liquid Sword
(2002)
Grandmasters
(2005)
Pro Tools
(2008)
Wu-Tang Clan solo chronology
U-God:
Mr. Xcitement
(2005)
Grandmasters
(2005)
Ghostface Killah:
Fishscale
(2006)
 
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Grandmasters
Studio album by DJ Muggs vs. GZA (The Genius)
ReleasedOctober 25, 2005
Recorded2005
GenreHip hop, hardcore hip hop
Length43:46
LabelAngeles ANG-1001/3/5
ProducerDJ Muggs
DJ Muggs chronology
Dust
(2003)
Grandmasters
(2005)
Legend of the Mask and the Assassin (2007)
GZA chronology
Legend of the Liquid Sword
(2002)
Grandmasters
(2005)
Pro Tools
(2008)
Wu-Tang Clan solo chronology
U-God:
Mr. Xcitement
(2005)
Grandmasters
(2005)
Ghostface Killah:
Fishscale
(2006)

Grandmasters is a collaborative album by DJ Muggs and GZA released on October 25, 2005 on Angeles Records.[1] The album is the first in the "DJ Muggs vs. " series, followed by his 2007 collaboration with Sick Jacken, Legend of the Mask and the Assassin, 2008s Pain Language with Planet Asia and 2010s Kill Devil Hills together with Ill Bill. Grandmasters serves as GZA's fifth studio album.

Contents

Inspiration and album title

"Chess is the ultimate board game. Monopoly is not in its league and Checkers doesn’t compare at all. It’s civilized war. It’s a mathematical thing, its science, and it’s strategy. That’s life all the time. Just planning your day, being ten steps ahead and seeing the moves ahead. That’s what chess is about. I’m not the greatest player. I’m not a master or a grandmaster. I lose a lot, but I learn. I’ve been defeated plenty times. I play online and I might have 900 wins and 850 losses but I play all the time. The game is fascinating and I am captivated by that. The album I just dropped is called Grandmasters. That’s the highest level you reach when playing chess and it’s also the highest level of emceeing, producing and deejaying. Most of the titles are chess slang ‘Queen’s Gambit,’ ‘Destruction of a Guard,’ ‘Unprotected Pieces,’ and ‘Illusionary Protection.’ I incorporate chess into certain rhymes. I use chess all time. Chess is a big part of what I do." - GZA

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Album information

It features Wu-Tang Clan members and affiliates such as Raekwon, RZA, Masta Killa and Prodigal Sunn as well as Cypress Hill member Sen Dog. All of its tracks are produced by DJ Muggs. It has a theme of chess as can be seen by the track names. Introductions featuring chess strategy, including instruction for a chess opening using algebraic notation, are within the album. The album was also released in 'Instrumentals' and 'Remix' [3] versions. The latter containing a bonus DVD featuring world tour and studio footage.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[4]
Okayplayer(89/100)[5]
Stylus(B)[6]
Prefix Magazine(9/10)[7]
Cokemachineglow.com(87/100)[8]

Track listing

Grandmasters (ANG-1001) / Grandmasters Instrumentals (ANG-1003)
  1. "Opening" - 1:34
  2. "Those that's bout It" - 3:24
  3. "Destruction of a Guard" (feat. Raekwon) - 3:59
  4. "Exploitation of Mistakes" - 3:21
  5. "General Principles" - 3:39
  6. "Advance Pawns" (feat. RZA, Raekwon & Sen Dog) - 4:02
  7. "Queen's Gambit" - 4:35
  8. "All in Together Now" (feat. RZA) - 4:24
  9. "Unstoppable Threats" (feat. Masta Killa & Prodigal Sunn) - 3:44
  10. "Unprotected Pieces" - 3:29
  11. "Illusory Protection" - 4:27
  12. "Smothered Mate" - 3:12
Grandmasters Remix (ANG-1005)
  1. "Opening" - 0:28
  2. "Those that's bout It" - 2:55 (Remix by Dialekt)
  3. "Destruction of a Guard" (feat. Raekwon) - 3:27 (Remix by DJ Khalil feat. Ras Kaas)
  4. "Exploitation of Mistakes" - 2:44 (Remix by James Alsanders)
  5. "General Principles" - 4:58 (Remix by LD)
  6. "Advance Pawns" (feat. RZA, Raekwon & Sen Dog) - 3:41 (Remix by King Karnov)
  7. "Queen's Gambit" - 3:39 (Remix by DJ Solo)
  8. "All in Together Now" (feat. RZA) - 3:29 (Remix by DJ Solo)
  9. "Unstoppable Threats" (feat. Masta Killa & Prodigal Sunn) - 3:18 (Remix by Lewis One)
  10. "Unprotected Pieces" - 4:23 (Remix by St. Louis)
  11. "Illusory Protection" - 3:00 (Remix by LD)
  12. "Smothered Mate" - 3:11 (Remix by Scoop DeVille)

Samples

Personnel

References