Jul. 5th, 1969
Brooklyn, New York
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Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, better known by his stage name RZA (
/ˈrɪzə/; born July 5, 1969), is an American Grammy-winning music producer, multi-instrumentalist, author, emcee, and occasional actor, director, and screenwriter. A prominent figure in Hip Hop, RZA is a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. He has produced almost all of Wu-Tang Clan's albums as well as many Wu-Tang solo and affiliate projects. He is widely considered one of the most influential and landmark hip-hop producers of all time. He subsequently gained attention for his work scoring and then later acting in films. His revolutionary techniques of sampling, speeding up tracks to fit the beat laced, and his cinematic skits sprinkled throughout albums have greatly inspired other producers in the industry. He produced for a slew of Wu Tang solo albums as well as group albums that dominated not only commercially, but also thematically and artistically. His production from the mid 90's to the late 90's brought about one of the greatest 'bouts' or 'runs' of inspiration the industry has seen, creating various classics.
He has also released solo albums under the alter-ego Bobby Digital, along with executive producing credits for countless side projects. In addition to the Wu-Tang Clan and his solo releases, RZA was also a founding member of the horrorcore Hip Hop group Gravediggaz where he used the name The Rzarector. Furthermore, he has acted in several movies, including Coffee and Cigarettes, American Gangster, Gospel Hill, Life Is Hot in Cracktown, Ghost Dog, Funny People, Derailed, Due Date and Repo Men. He continues to build his acting and production work hand in hand. He is currently appearing in the Showtime TV series Californication.
In 2008, RZA was ranked #4 on About.com's list of the Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers, while The Source placed him on its list of the 20 greatest producers in the magazine's twenty-year history. He also made the "Elite 8" in the search for The Greatest Hip-Hop Producer of All Time by Vibe.
- Was offered the role of "Brown" in _The Departed (2006)_ (qv), but turned it down because of scheduling conflicts.
- Hip hop MC and influential producer best known for his work with Wu-Tang Clan.
- Distant cousin of 'Flavor Flav' (qv).
- The Daily News reported that his family is allegedly the largest extended family living in New York City.
- Co-founder of the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan along with his cousins, the late 'Ol' Dirty Bastard' (qv) (Russell Jones) and 'The GZA' (qv) (Gary Grice).
- Outside of the Wu-Tang Clan family tree, he has worked with 'Kool G. Rap' (qv), 'Bjork', Last Emporer, 'Big Gipp' (qv), 'Notorious B.I.G.', 'Ras Kass' (qv), 'Force M.D.'s' (qv), 'Deborah Cox (II)' (qv), 'E-40' (qv), 'MF Doom', 'Jayo Felony' (qv), 'Cypress Hill' (qv), Ed OG, 'Junior Reid', 'Bounty Killer' (qv), Afu-Ra, 'Big Pun' (qv), 'Redman' (qv), 'Dog Eat Dog' (qv), 'Tricky (I)' (qv), 'Texas (I)' (qv), 'Big Daddy Kane' (qv), 'IAM (II)' (qv), 'Talib Kweli' (qv), 'Q-Tip' (qv), and even 'Shaquille O'Neal'.
- During his visit at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con, he said he's a fan of the Ninja Scroll movie.