RZA

The leader of the Wu-Tang Clan who is responsible for the majority of the production work done for almost all of the dark, gritty and soulful musical landscapes throughout the collective's discography is the chief producer, "Robert Diggs" who is better known as, "RZA". RZA, Raekwon, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Cappadonna would compose music together known as, "All Together Now" before they adopted their moniker that originates from a Shaolin Kung-Fu movie in the year of 1990. RZA would first acquire a record deal with Warner Bros. Records for the 1991 EP, "Ooh, I Love You, Rakeem" under the moniker, "Prince Rakeem".  Shortly, after receiving this platform, RZA would recruit his eight brothers of the Wu-Tang Clan, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard, GZA, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck and Raekwon The Chef.

RZA's most impressive accomplishments are in his legendary production work he executed for the Wu as a unified group. Wu's 1993 debut album, "Enter The 36th Chamber" is one of many occasions where RZA showcased his musical abilities by cultivating the cult classic Wu songs that include but are not limited to, "C.R.E.A.M.", "Method Man" and "Protect Ya Neck". In this interview, RZA illuminates that in 1991 when he started using the Ensoniq ASR10 Keyboard he would finally become very skilled in the process of music production. Other examples of RZA mapping out the signature dirty and soulfully grimy musical landscapes for the Wu's extensive discography can be easily seen in the debut album's of Raekwon ("Only Built 4 Cuban Linx"), Method Man ("Tical"), ODB ("Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version"), GZA ("Liquid Swords"), Ghostface Killah ("Ironman") and U-God ("Golden Arms Redemption"). 

Outside of producing music for others, RZA has also released five solo studio albums with two that has RZA utilizing the alias, "Bobby Digital" ("Bobby Digital In Stereo (1998)" and "Digital Bullet (2001)"). RZA has also appeared in plenty of films and has directed his own film in, "The Man With The Iron Fists" and has also written two solid books in, "The Wu-Tang Manual" and "The Tao of Wu" 

Most recently after Wu-Tang released their sixth studio album in 2014, "A Better Tomorrow", RZA announced that Wu-Tang would be dropping a secret seventh album in which only one physical copy of it exists. Unfortunately, for the Hip-Hop world, Martin Shkreli bought the sole copy of the album for 2 million dollars because RZA wanted the album to be auctioned off and treated like a real piece of art. So far, the internet and Hip-Hop enthusiasts around the universe have only been able to find videos of Martin live streaming teasers of some of the album's tracks that have been said to be recorded by the Wu-Tang Clan over a span of more than ten years. 

Ultimately, RZA's extensively impressive production and out of studio resume speaks for itself as RZA will forever be the man who brought together one of the most influential and impactful musical Hip-Hop groups of all time. 

Wu-Tang - Protect Ya Neck

Wu-Tang - C.R.E.A.M.

GZA - Cold World

Raekwon featuring Ghost Face Killer, Inspectah Deck & Genius - Guillotine

Ghostface Killah feat. Cappadonna and Raekwon - Fish