The RZA has long been celebrated as the chief leader and producer of the iconic hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. But according to RZA, his toughest and most satisfying artistic achievement has been his formation of the October 23rd soundtrack to his martial arts flick The Man With The Iron Fists.
The Wu’s abbot, who directed, co-wrote and also stars in the upcoming November 2nd action film that also features Lucy Lui, Russell Crowe, Jamie Chung said the creation of the star-studded project was a long process.
“It took us about eight months to score this film,” RZA told Billboard. “Then we were able to get some other great artists from the industry to come in and bless the soundtrack. We took the score music and then made it into song form and got people like Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, the Black Keys, Corrine Bailey Rae, Pusha T, the entire Wu-Tang Clan — which I’m really happy about. The film is a great watch, and I think we really have a piece of eclectic music for the film that’s a great listen.”
And it was the inclusion of members of the Wu-Tang Clan on the soundtrack cut “Six Directions of Boxing” that proved to be a highlight for RZA during the recording of The Man With The Iron Fists.
“That title is from one of my favorite Kung Fu movies,” he explained. “For me to have six Wu-Tang members going back to back, that’s like another kind of boxing for me. GZA doesn’t really do compilations like this but he came on board and added his lyrics, his flavor to the song, and U-God, he really came hard and his voice is so immaculate. The DJs are gonna have a lot of fun spinning that one.”
But of course the million dollar question is will the Wu return for a full-length album? But RZA said the 20th anniversary reunion album and tour from the celebrated crew, would have to be on his terms.
“We need to, one time, completely, efficiently, properly, professionally represent our brand,” RZA told New York Times. “One more time. But this time, showing up on time for press and for concerts and studio. Do it one time, perfect. We did good – people love it and I’m proud of what we’ve done. But all that was done – I would always say in my old interviews, ‘This is organized confusion.’ It was kept and contained, but it was a lot of chaos.”
For RZA it’s all about having control over the project. “[Wu-Tang Forever was] the first democratic album,” he explained. “And then after that, it kept getting more and more – ‘Well, it’s your album, what do you want to do? You want to hire P Diddy? Whatever you want to do, help yourself. It’s your [thing].’”
“There’s enough of us still alive, and I think there’s still enough fans out there,” RZA continued on the thought of a reunion without the late favorite Ol’ Dirty Bastard, pointing to the fact the crew still carries weight with such standout Wu MC’s Raekwon, Ghostface, Inspectah Deck, and Method Man. “Hip-hop is stronger than ever, as far as worldwide recognition, and our name is synonymous with it.”—Keith Murphy, CBS Local