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RZA Talks Giving GZA His Name, Escaping Cops, & Favorite Rapper/Producers In AMA

(AllHipHop News) Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA was the latest Hip Hop artist to conduct an Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session. While promoting his new movie Brick Mansions, RZA addressed numerous topics submitted by users including one of his funny Wu stories, his favorite rapper/producers, and more.

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Read excerpts from RZA’s AMA below.

cheverella: what happened first, you naming yourself RZA or your cousin naming himself GZA?

authenticRZA: I named myself the RZA first, and I named him the GZA shortly thereafter.

IvarSolocean: Hey RZA! Tell us some funny stories from u and the guys in Wu Tang: )

authenticRZA: Here’s a story, it may not be funny depending on your point of view, but one time the whole Clan was in Atlanta, and I guess we caused some kind of riot in the building, and thus the police was brought in to end the show. I remember everybody getting away from the cops without any violence, but one cop had got a grab of Inspector Deck and he couldn’t get free. When we noticed it, me and Method Man rushed back over to help, but actually, what could we do? We can’t hit a cop, could we? That would not have been wise. Instead, Method Man grabbed onto Inspector Deck’s arm, and combined his strength with Inspector Deck, which allowed them to get away from the cop, they broke his grip and we all ran. I later told Meth “That was some Wu-Tang Kung fu shit right there.”

de_monkey: Did anything inspire you with regards to the choice of beats on Enter the 36 Chambers? Also, are you still an avid chess player? 😀

authenticRZA: On 36 Chambers, I kind of went on my own inspiration. I was out to prove my abilities. Yes, I still play chess.

the_violent_turd: Whattup Rza huge Wu Fan and personally you are my favourite producer ever! Thank you for doing this, I have a few questions actually, my first question regards the tracks Method Man and Clan In Da front, Did you tailor a beat for every member in the clan, how did you choose who got their solo songs on the album? Who are your other favourite rapper-producers? Lastly are there any beats that once you had finished then played back you realised that it was going to be a classic. Once again thank you!

authenticRZA: Yes, I used to tailor the beats to their rhyme styles. I knew my Wu brothers for so long, and made so many tapes with them, that I grew an ear to what would fit the MC… Choosing solo songs for each artist on a Wu-Tang album is something that kind of materializes during the process… Pete Rock, Dr. Dre, Kanye West… Yes, I have one right now that I just can’t wait til the Wu MCs get on, because I just know that this is one of those magical ones.

Ineedemo: Which rappers are you listening to the most outside of your Wu-Tang crew?

authenticRZA: Nowadays, I’ve just become a fan of the culture of hiphop. Somedays I find myself sitting on my downtime watching Yo! MTV raps, or scrolling through YouTube finding up and coming MCs. I love watching URL and all the rap battles. Sometimes when you’re making the music, you become so engulfed in yourself that you forget that you started yourself as a fan of the music. Now that I get time to do other things such as act, score and direct, I can actually become a fan of hiphop again.

My_Public_Profile: You’re asked to select one hip hop album to represent the genre to an alien race… What’s that album?

authenticRZA: I would send Wu-Tang Forever. If I could send 3, I would send King of Rock and The Chronic.

BowserBandit: Who were your biggest musical inspirations when you were just starting out as an artist? I’d really like to know.

Hiphop itself. And funnily, the GZA was a guy I looked up to. And I can also say the pioneers of hiphop beats such as Marley Marl, and Scott La Rock.

Brick Mansions, which also stars the late Paul Walker, hits theaters April 25th.

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  • IceBergSlim

    This dude is overrated and has been for a long time.. The real cats on that squad is Method Man and Raekwon..no doubt

    • s dott

      Damn how can u leave out ghost. Dude got 2 classic albums under his belt and can out rap Rae n mef

      • IceBergSlim

        lol..my badd ahhh Ghost face he aight just never was a big fan of his solo albums ..Meth and Raekwon ..str8 soldiers ..they keep it real in the field

      • s dott

        Hold up u a wu tang fan but u didn’t like ironman or supreme clientele?? Saying u like Rae but don’t care for ghost is like sayin u like redman but don’t care for mef. C’mon son. I can respect ya opinion but I jus find it very odd

      • johnblacksad

        odder than a MF!

        Ironman is that album! Probably the album I have anticipated the most in my life (maybe on par with Forever and Meth’s second joint… I almost gave up on Meth the way I waited so much for T2000) …make me wanna rush home and listen to it again… on the real, I haven’t waited for an album as much as I did Ironman! That Daytona 500 tho… That After the smoke is clear tho… That Assassination day tho… That Winter warz tho… That All that I got is you tho… That Soul controller… that black Jesus… That you already know!

        and Supreme Clientele tho… classic album, classic cover… kept the wu alive and brought it right where it needed to be… WU-BANGA!!! Bottles goin off in the church… #classicverses

      • s dott

        You already kno! Don’t forget motherless child, 260 and camay. All classic soul samples on those joints which to me defined that vintage wu sound. Don’t sleep on chamber music either. All live band but with that same vintage style. And you’re right about supreme clientele. It definitely brought the wu back.

      • rob rob

        Fish Scales, Pretty Tony were also classic. Starks may have been the most consistent in puttn out bangn albums with Rae and Gza tied as a close 2nd. And let’s not forget Bobby Digital… Straight classic!!!

      • IceBergSlim

        oh no you can say maybe Meth but Raekwon ..come on man

    • That’s a bold statement, especially since Joe Buddens went at Meth’s neck ( He got schmacked up for his troubles but….) & Joe would have won the battle vs Meth lyrically…if his lips weren’t swollen.

      • rob rob

        I gotta disagree. Meth was never a battle rapper. However, lyrically Joe ain’t effn with Meth in any era. Not to mention Joes albums never rockd like Meths.

      • Joe was never an album rapper, IMHO, all Buddens “songs” were str8 Basura, trash, in a ziploc bag, mid day, out in the sun, with no shade, during the hottest time of the year…AKA:
        Hot Garbage, but Joe is a battle rapper, or maybe a beef rapper that just can’t fight?

        Meth makes better commercial music, no question, cross over, etc. but lyrically? He’s not fuggin with Joe Buddens.. & Buddens is kinda wack sometimes, but Meth’s image is respected.

        The ‘Hood dude that came up, got a little fly, but still that same dude.
        ( *IE: Not tricking, making it rain….but blowing mad $$$ in weed spots, etc.)

        Wu Tang Forever is the exception, other than that, not much showcased Meth’s lyricism, except a few big words.

        ( Meth is definitely more the face of the Wu than Rae though, but it ain’t about that. Ninjaz is neglecting the bigger picture, on some diva ‘chet! )

        I thought it was “Wu Tang Forever”.
        I seen man Wu TATTOOS, now ninjaz have to fix them ‘chets with an addendum that reads :

        “WTF ( Wu Tang Forever ) or until a contract dispute arises.”

      • johnblacksad

        no tat yet… but I’m still thinkin about getting my W tat one of these days

      • You better hurry before Rae pulls a Mobb Deep, then again, maybe you should wait for it, then decide?

    • johnblacksad

      RZA was my first favorite Wu member… his sharp voice, rare appearances on the mic… then everybody had a turn with me no homo as my favorite Wu member!

      RZA is still that dude tho… far from overrated!

      #WU

      • s dott

        Yeah I think Rza was probably the most underrated lyricist out the clan. He killed every track he appeared on supreme clientele

    • Ipullcards

      Haha. You sound like you’re not a real wu fan. Ijs

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  • johnblacksad

    dope dope dope azz short interview!

    Never heard of Brick Mansions until now…

  • MrNoName2K

    WU was the sh*t but never legendary without Pretty Toney…

    • johnblacksad

      “I’m about to save hip hop like Ghost did the WU”
      -Bumpy Knuckles

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