Robert F. Diggs, aka The RZA, is a man of many talents and passions and the epitome of a multifaceted artist. He hails as rapper, recording artist, creator, and founding member of the world-renowned Wu-Tang Clan, Grammy® award-winning music producer; BAFTA nominated film composer, author, actor, director, chess aficionado, philanthropist and entrepreneur.
As the proverbial "Abbot" of Wu-Tang Clan, RZA offers the world a glimpse into the intricacies of the Clan's mystique, by deciphering and explaining some of the Clan's lyrics in his first book, Wu-Tang Manual Volume 1. His second book, Tao of Wu, is a journey of contemplation and excursions into highly philosophical and spiritual thoughts as RZA recounts his with diverse
His self-taught understanding of music has allowed RZA to create a sound that is uniquely his own — integrating fragments of martial arts film into layered musical landscapes. That appreciation translated into film and how music drives the storyline is essential to the journey he creates within the medium. Creating soundtracks such as Fist Fight, Codename: The Dragon,
Brick Mansion, Blade Trinity, and composing music for films such as Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Afro Samurai, Meet the Blacks and The Man with the Iron Fist, his directorial debut.
His directorial work now includes the critically acclaimed Love Beats Rhymes released December 2017, and his current film to be released 2020, Cut Throat City also contains his fingerprint in musical construction that drives the stories. RZA has appeared in numerous T.V. shows such as Snowfall and The Simpson's Hip-Hip episode. The "Wu-Tang: An American Saga" being his first Executive Produce episodic show on HULU as showrunner and writer of the first three episodes with his writing partner Alex Tse. Music is RZA's first and undying passion, which he cultivated over the past twenty-five years.
His artistic collaborations as a producer and artist have ranged across many genres of music, as RZA has worked with artists such as Bjork, James Blake, SZA, A$ A.P. Mob, and Wiz Khalifa, to name a few. His ability to be a risk-taker lead RZA to make another ballsy and unprecedented business move by selling only one copy of the "Once upon a time in Shaolin" album to the highest bidder for $2 million in August 2015. Robert F. Diggs, aka the RZA; Prince Rakeem; The Abbot; and Bobby Digital have so many facets that he took his ideas put them towards fashion, veganism, hip-hop, and Chinese culture. He created a clothing line www.36chambersalc.com that melds all those things together to make a cohesive story. Yet of all that RZA does helping children is the one thing he enjoys on the humanitarian side. The ability to give back to the community via his charity Children Literary Society (CLS) is the blessing that comes from his success.
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