Alex Pappademas profiles RZA for GQ in anticipation of his new film, The Man With The Iron Fists, which will hit theaters tomorrow. Over sesame crusted tuna, that RZA manages to compare to crack, they talk about his obsession with King-Fu films, the early days of Wu and the group’s eventual break-up, his film lessons with Tarantino, working with Eli Roth, moving away from production and much more.
“Music is a fucking habit,” he insists. “I play piano every night. I love hip-hop.”
But lately, he admits, he’s been “cleaning out his machines”—giving away big chunks of his library of unheard beats. He’s given stuff to Kanye, to Nas, to Busta, to Ludacris, to “some unknown artists you wouldn’t know of.” He has more material than he could ever finish and release on his own; he has other things to focus on.
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