Interview with the RZA

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Interview with the RZA

This still stands as one of my favorite interviews I’ve done to date. I’m usually good about not “fanning out” around celebrities but being around the RZA got me hyped. I had a chance to interview him at a Wu-Tang speaker release event held by Boombotix. The photoshoot I had with him was all but 1 or 2 minutes but RZA had a few looks ready to go. After that we sat down to discuss his new creative ways to distribute music in today’s digital age and also the latest Wu-Tang album at the time, A Better Tomorrow. Probably my favorite moment of the interview was when RZA was discussing the album and the way he was describing it sounded very cinematic; I asked him if working in movies has changed the way he works in the studio with the group and he had this amazing response:

“To be honest with you, that’s one of my biggest problems in the studio. The guys will be sayin’, “This ain’t no movie!” (laughs) “You fuckin’ tryin’ to direct?” Me and Inspectah Deck have the same zodiac sign, my birthday is on July 5th and his birthday is on July 6th. They say unalike repel. During this album, this guy, he was like always telling me, “You’re fuckin’ thinkin’ you is a director in the studio.” I said, “Yeah, motherfuckin’ right I’m a director. A producer is a fuckin’ director!” I know the difference and at the same time I know that it is the same. I didn’t know that back then, but I was always trying to make a movie through my music. There’s always been a storyline.”