Lil Durk or Mr. Lif). I want to be able to play those. My father was an amazing producer; to get me to that point to where I wanted to be when I was a kid was like getting my first stereo.”
That’s what RZA had in mind when I asked him about his career ambitions, but if the “The Return of the Wu-Tang” member had been speaking about himself, he would not have gone any further. RZA would have responded to my question without a hint of sarcasm, and he had no reason to feel like he was playing any kind of game. I wasn’t quite sure where his priorities had shifted to, when I asked him if he wanted to get another crack at writing an album at all, after what was arguably his most successful record, “Wu-Tang Forever.”
“It felt like I got my first new recording record and that was the best time of my life. That was in 2001. The first thing I did after that was a bunch of albums, and I made the decision that I was ready to go back to the studio and get another creative outlet. I never felt like I wasn’t ready,” he said, “but I didn’t feel like I had a sound or an idea.”
I felt a little bit like a fan asking him if he could do one more, if he felt like he could do it. Not like I was a reporter or anything; the idea of being a fan was just so flattering.
I asked RZA if it feels like he has a new sound coming up, and the answer was yes, with a caveat. “That’s what I’m working towards more and more,” he laughed. “I don’t know, because you have to play around to start with. But the difference was it was the same thing for every album.”
In addition to writing a handful of new songs, he’s worked on a video for fellow Atlanta rapper Big Sean’s track “All Day,” which is a combination of old-school rap-influenced trap and RZA’s own rapping style. “Me and Big Sean were talking about how rap is very complex, you can write a song about anything,” said RZA. “I like the sound of Big Sean’s verse because it’s very straightforward. You can make the sound of a person talking about any topic. I wanted to hear it in his voice; the way he sounds, you can hear the
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