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RZA - WuTang Clan - NZ Tour

RZA - WuTang Clan - NZ Tour

Monday 7th December, 2009 12:00PM

The head of the mighty WU-TANG CLANpire - rapper, producer, composer, actor, director, screenwriter and more recently author: RZA (AKA the Abbott, Prince Rakeem, the Rzarector, Bobby Steels, Bobby DigitalRobert Diggs) returns to New Zealand for 2 shows this February!

Wednesday 17th Feb San Francisco Bathhouse Wellington R18
Thursday 18th Feb The Studio Auckland R18
Tickets on sale Fri 11th Dec from iticket & Real Groovy Records

The RZA first surfaced during the early '90s as a member of All in Together Now, a group that also featured fellow Wu-Tang members the Genius (aka GZA) and Ol' Dirty Bastard. Following All in Together Now's dissolution, he signed to Tommy Boy under the name Prince Rakeem, issuing the 1991 EP “Ooh We Love You Rakeem” before joining the Wu-Tang; the group's 1993 debut, “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”, was one of the most influential hip-hop records of the era, with RZA's lean, menacing production work much imitated throughout the hip hop community in the years to follow.

In addition to remaining a member of the Wu-Tang family and producing many of the group members' solo efforts, RZA also joined the Gravediggaz, helming their 1995 debut “6 Feet Deep”; his first full-length solo LP, “Bobby Digital in Stereo”, followed in 1998. In 1999, “RZA Hits”, a compilation of some of the Wu-Tang family's best-known tracks, from both group and solo projects, was released under RZA's name. “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai”, his soundtrack for the Jim Jarmusch film in which he made a cameo, beginning a series of small acting roles - was also released in ‘99. In 2001, he released his second Bobby Digital record, “Digital Bullet”. A mix album, “The World According to RZA”, followed in 2003, as did his third official solo album, “The Birth of a Prince”. He continued to field soundtrack work, including Quentin Tarantino's two-volume Kill Bill films and the Japanese animation series Afro Samurai, as documented on 2007's “Afro Samurai” and 2009's “Afro Samurai: The Resurrection”. Continuing the story from “Digital Bullet”, “Digi Snacks” - his 4th solo album - was released in 2008. In 2009 he released “The Tao of Wu”, a book detailing the philosophy of the Wu Tang and his worldview. He is currently working on a kung-fu movie, entitled “Man with the Iron Fist”, the second in which he is writing, directing, as well as starring in.

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