RZA To Score Hip-Hop Martial Arts TV Series

The RZA has been contracted

to score an animated martial arts series to be broadcast on Spike TV in the fall.

The acclaimed Wu

Tang producer will craft the score of Afro Samurai, an animated series

that stars actor Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson’s voice will be used for the

protagonist of the series, an unorthodox hero based on Takashi Okazaki’s

graphic novel of the same name.

Afro Samurai

is a tale of a Black samurai seeking vengeance on the killers of his father.

The series also melds Hip-Hop with martial arts, a combination that RZA is very

familiar with.

"Afro Samurai

offers me the opportunity to mix the innovational world of Hip-Hop with the

visual imagination of Japanese animation,” RZA said in a statement. “The

vibe of Afro Samurai is so soulful and cool, that when I was asked to

compose the series my creative juices immediately reacted. I felt it was something

meant for me to do; in many ways Afro and myself share the same spirit."

As a producer,

RZA has scored marital arts-themed films like Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill

movies, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and Blade: Trinity.

As an actor, the Staten Island native has also appeared in Derailed,

Coffee and Cigarettes,Scary Movie 3 and the aforementioned Ghost


Continuing, RZA

said, “As a fan of martial art and old Japanese Samurai movies, I have

always wanted to be a part of such creativity and to have my own spice added

is even better. Many Hip-Hop artists and musicians from the late 80's to now

have been inspired by this form of entertainment, and today's animators have

been stimulated by Hip-Hop. But, usually these two forms of expression never

meet in the same realm of artistry.”

Afro Samurai

is a product of FUNimation Entertainment and GDH K.K. and it will be available

on DVD in the Spring of 2007.

Aside from Hip-Hop,

the Wu Tang Clan's original nine members were inspired by a love of martial

arts and incorporate Far Eastern discipline in their organizational bylines

and their thought provoking musicianship.