Wu-Tang’s RZA Breaks Down 10 Kung Fu Films He’s Sampled | Vanity Fair

Wu-Tang’s RZA Breaks Down 10 Kung Fu Films He’s Sampled | Vanity Fair

Wu-Tang’s RZA Breaks Down 10 Kung Fu Films He’s Sampled | Vanity Fair

Robert Fitzgerald Diggs (born July 5, 1969), better known by his stage name the RZA, is an American rapper, actor, filmmaker, and record producer. He is the de facto leader of the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan, having produced most albums for the group and its respective members. He is a cousin of two other original Wu-Tang Clan members: GZA and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. He has also released solo albums under the alter-ego Bobby Digital, along with executive producing credits for side projects. After forming the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA was a founding member of the horrorcore group Gravediggaz, where he went by the name The RZArector.

Wu-Tang’s RZA

RZA has been heavily involved in filmmaking since the late 90s. He has scored a number of films, most notably Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004). He has written and directed in film and television, starting with his directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists, in 2012. He has also acted in numerous films and TV series, including the films American Gangster and Brick Mansions, and the TV series Gang Related and Californication.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 25: Robert Diggs “RZA” attends Tribeca TV: Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men – 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at Beacon Theatre on April 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

He is especially known for his music production, with a style that includes the use of soul samples and sparse beats that has proved highly influential. The magazine The Source placed him on its list of the 20 greatest producers in the magazine’s twenty-year history. Vibe listed him among the top 8 greatest hip-hop producers of all time, and NME placed him on their list of the 50 Greatest Producers Ever.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 25: (Rear L-R) Elgin Turer ” Masta Killa”, Dennis Coles “Ghostaface Killa” Robert Diggs “RZA” Inspectah Deck, Corey Woods ” Raekwon”, (front L-R) Lamont Hawkins” U-God”, Young Dirty Bastard, and DJ Mathematics attend Tribeca TV: Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men – 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at Beacon Theatre on April 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
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