The RZA

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  • Birth Name: Robert Diggs
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Profession: Rapper, Record producer, Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Author
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Fast Facts

  • Formed his first group, All in Together Now, in the early '90s with future Wu-Tang Clan members the Genius (aka the GZA) and Ol' Dirty Bastard.
  • Released his first solo EP, Ooh We Love You Rakeem, in 1991 under the name of Prince Rakeem.
  • Joined the seminal rap group Wu-Tang Clan, which released the platinum album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in 1993. RZA produced the record and exerted much control over the group's marketing and creative processes. He went on to produce many of the members' solo releases as well.
  • Adopted the alias Rzarector in the mid-'90s when he joined the "horrorcore" group Gravediggaz with fellow rappers Prince Paul, Poetic and Frukwan.
  • Assumed another alias, Bobby Digital, for his first full-length solo LP, Bobby Digital in Stereo, which was released in 1998. He went on to put out two more albums as Bobby Digital, Digital Bullet in 2001 and Digi Snacks in 2008.
  • Began composing music for movies with 1999's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. He also gained critical acclaim for his work on Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol. 2.
  • Is a huge fan of kung-fu movies, a passion that has infused much of his work. (He claims that he was received by kung-fu masters after being banished from China's Tiananmen Square for displaying a billboard promoting himself. He told Time magazine that he has fans of bootlegs of his music in remote areas of that country. )

Awards

  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2004, BAFTA Film Awards — The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music: Nominee

Relationships

  • Mitchell Diggs — Brother

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  • Birth Name: Robert Diggs
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Profession: Rapper, Record producer, Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Author