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The Rza Biography

Birth Name:
Robert Diggs
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Profession
Rapper, record producer, actor, director, screenwriter, author

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

  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Main Title Theme Music: nominated
  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2004BAFTA Film Awards-The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music: nominated