As the Wu-Tang Clan's main producer, RZA scored numerous hits in the '90s, including "C.R.E.A.M." and "Triumph." Now, the man behind the Wu beats is knee-deep in a different kind of scoring.
Over the past two years, he has scored music for both volumes of Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" (see "RZA Cracks A Cheese Smile Over 'Kill Bill,' Calls Tarantino A 'Genius' "), and he recently recorded tracks for the comedy "Soul Plane," which comes out May 28 and stars Kevin Hart, Snoop Dogg and Method Man. RZA is about to fly to London to score the third installment of the "Blade" series, "Blade: Trinity." The movie stars Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ryan Reynolds, Jessica Biel and Parker Posey.
The score for the movie will be recognizable as RZA for sure, but the beatmaster plans to branch out beyond the parameters of traditional hip-hop. "Typical production is limiting to me," he said. "Basically, all I have to do is focus on two or four bars and make repetitive music. [But] when you're dealing with scoring, you know you have to change a mood, you have to change vibes."
RZA's first scoring experience was on the 1999 Jim Jarmusch film "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai." He also played the "Samurai in Camouflage" in the movie, and was invited back by Jarmusch to play himself (having a conversation with Bill Murray) in 2003's "Coffee and Cigarettes." RZA also played himself in 2003's "Scary Movie."
"Acting is something I definitely have a passion for," RZA said. "I took weeks and weeks with an acting coach and I learned how this thing works."
The Wu-Tang vet also created additional music for Ice Cube's recent movie "Barbershop 2: Back in Business."