RZA (born Robert Fitzgerald Diggs) is an American rapper, record producer, musician, actor, filmmaker and author. He was the supporting vocalist for "Drift", the theme of the the original score for Pacific Rim, composed by Ramin Djawadi.
A prominent figure in hip hop, RZA is the de facto leader of the Wu-Tang Clan. He has produced almost all of Wu-Tang Clan's albums as well as many Wu-Tang solo and affiliate projects. He is a cousin of the late group-mate Ol' Dirty Bastard and GZA (who also formed the group with RZA). He has also released solo albums under the alter-ego Bobby Digital, along with executive producing credits for side projects.
In addition to the Wu-Tang Clan and his solo releases, RZA was also a founding member of the horrorcore group Gravediggaz, where he used the name The RZArector. Furthermore, he has acted in several movies, including Coffee and Cigarettes, American Gangster, Gospel Hill, Life Is Hot in Cracktown, Ghost Dog, Funny People, Derailed, Due Date and Repo Men. He also appeared in the Showtime TV series Californication. His directorial debut is for the film he co-wrote and in which he plays the title role, The Man with the Iron Fists, also starring Lucy Liu.
The magazine The Source placed him on its list of the 20 greatest producers in the magazine's twenty-year history. He also made the "Elite 8" in the search for The Greatest Hip-Hop Producer of All Time by Vibe. NME placed him on their list of the 50 Greatest Producers Ever.
- ↑ RZA Biography at Wu-Tang Corp. – The Official Site of the Wu-Tang Clan
- ↑ The Rap Beat Creator: Make Your Own Beats!!!: The Source Magazine Picks 20 Greatest Producers. Createrapbeats.blogspot.com (August 24, 2008). Retrieved on 2013-04-17.
- ↑ Dr. Dre Is VIBE's Greatest Producer Of All Time, Speaks On Win. Vibe (June 1, 2010). Retrieved on 2013-04-17.
- ↑ 50 of the Greatest Producers Ever