RZA (Tremaine Alexander) The leader and a founding member of
the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA has also made a name for himself in a variety disciplines,
including acting, producing, writing, and directing. In 1991, he began his music
career under the name Prince Rakeem, before helping to found the Wu-Tang Clan.
He subsequently went on to success both with the Wu-Tang Clan and through solo
projects. He has released four solo albums, as well as an instrumental album and
two compilation albums. He has created the soundtracks to 11 films, including
the blockbusters Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, and Blade: Trinity. RZA has
contributed individual songs to different films, as well as made guest
appearances on a number of other artists' tracks.
In 2008, The Source magazine named him one of the top 20 greatest music
producers and in 2013,Vibe magazine listed him as one of the top eight hip-hop
producers of all time. RZA has produced works for not only Wu-Tang Clan and its
individual members, but Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West, Game, Jay-Z, Travis
Barker, and Talib Kweli.
RZA has acted in a variety of movies, including Ghost Dog, Coffee and
Cigarettes, Gospel Hill, American Gangster, Repo Man, Funny People, and G.I.
Joe: Retaliation. He wrote and directed the feature film, The Man with the Iron
Fists. RZA is co-starring in the Fox TV show "Gang Related".
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