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Ten Interesting Facts About RZA

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rza-2The RZA is one of the most iconic names in the hip-hop industry. When you think Wu Tang you think RZA and vice versa. He’s moved from being a rapper in a huge rap group to becoming one of the best producers in the game to eventually stepping in front of the camera to act. With two movies out in theaters including Brick Mansions, I felt it was time to reintroduce you to rapper RZA with ten interesting facts.

wu•The Wu Tang Clan had opened multiple record labels throughout the years since the early 1990s. Many are believed to be debunked while many others are still operating. Not much is known about the labels, not even who the CEO is. RZA does sell beats through some of these labels.

rza-_jpg_640x350_q85•Is a vegetarian.

iron-fistsDeveloped The Man with the Iron Fists over the course of several years with director Eli Roth. RZA and Roth developed the most minute of details including the weapons used by many of the characters.

RZA_ManWithTheIronFists.jpg.CROP.rectangle3-large•The Man with the Iron Fists was directed by RZA, a longtime fanatic of old school kung fu films. Originally, the film was to be split into two, two-hour films, a la Kill Bill. However, the producer and co-writer Eli Roth suggested against it. The original four-hour cut was shaved down to 90 minutes.

rza_gza_murrayStarted The Wu Tang Clan with his cousins Russell Jones and Gary Prices; also known as Ol’ Dirty Bastard and GZA, respectively.

RZA-WU-TANG-CLAN-RZA-INTERVIEW•Born Robert Fitzgerald Diggs. Was named after Robert Kennedy.

man-with-iron-fists-300x225•Before his directorial debut with The Man with the Iron Fists, he shot a film in the late 1990s. That film went unreleased.

Wu-TangClanEntertheWu-Tangalbumcover•According to the AMAA RZA participated in recently, he stated that if he were to remaster Enter the 36 Chambers, he would have to remaster a stereo mix since most of the songs are no longer multitrack form.

wtc•RZA prefers to make beats with the artist in the room. He’s quoted as saying “I believe that great music is created when people are in a room together.”

Gravediggaz•RZA stated that when he started rapping for Gravediggaz, a horrorcore rap group, he was “thinking of my childhood nightmares.”

Jonathan Silva is a graduate and current student at Full Sail University going for his Master's Degree in Journalism. When he isn't writing for film blogs like Get The Big Picture or listening to music, he's either watching movies or playing video games. His love for all things entertainment shine through in his writing.