High prince of hip hop holds court in Vail
Heralded by The Source magazine as the fourth greatest hip-hop producer of all time, RZA will be sharing his discology of wisdom tonight at 8150 in Vail at 10.
RZA’s birth name is Robert Diggs, but he answers to a number of other monikers, including Bobby Digital, The Rzarector, Prince Rakeem, Bobby Steels and King Ruler-zigzagzig-Allah.
RZA grew into one of the most powerful men in hip hop through his continuing work with the Wu-Tang Clan. He and his cousin GZA, aka Gary Grice, founded the Wu-Tang Clan, a well-recognized group that is based in the Staten Island district of New York City.
RZA has produced all of Wu Tang’s albums, working with original members GZA, Raekwon, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck and U-God, and has acted as executive producer on all Wu-Tang and Wu-Fam albums.
The Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album, “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 chambers),” used themes and theologies from martial arts, especially Shaolin, to ground the album, which earned large-scale, popular success long after its original release through its single, “C.R.E.A.M.”
RZA has since wielded his name as a producer to garner the backing for his solo albums “RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo” and “Birth of a Prince.”
RZA also released “Digital World according to RZA,” which bears the persona he created on “RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo,” and “The World according to RZA,” which includes cuts with Saian Supa Crew and Curse.
RZA produced for numerous other artists, including Notorious B.I.G., Bjork and Dog Eats Dog.
Quentin Tarantino’s new film “Kill Bill: Volume 1” features RZA’s cut, “Ode to Oren Ishii,” on the soundtrack, along with a collaborative effort with Charles Bernstein called “Crane-White Lightning.”
RZA from The Wu Tang Klan and Das EFX play 8150 tonight at 10. Tickets are $15.
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