Given Name: Robert Fitzgerald Diggs
Aliases: Prince Rakeem, Bobby Digital, Bobby Steels, The Abbott, Ruler Zig-Zag-Zig Allah, The Rzarector
Occupations: Producer, Rapper, Author, Director, Actor, Screenwriter
Early Life: RZA grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn in an one bedroom apartment along with his mother and 10 other siblings. He captured an interest in hip hop at a very early age and first heard a rap record at the age of 8. One of his first involvements in the game began when he created a hip hop group with his cousins GZA and ODB.
Studio albums: Bobby Digital in Stereo (1998), Digital Bullet (2001), Birth of a Prince (2003), Digi Snacks (2008)
EPs: Ooh I Love You Rakeem (1991), Only One Place To Get It (2014)
Collaborative albums – Gravediggaz - 6 Feet Deep (1994), Gravediggaz – The Pick, the Sickle and the Shovel (1997)
From 1993-2013: 30 albums executively produced
Soundtracks: Ghost Dog (1999), Kill Bill Vol. 1 Original Soundtrack (2003), Kill Bill Vol. 2 Original Soundtrack (2004), Soul Plane (2004), Blade: Trinity (2004), The Protector (2005), Blood of a Champion (2006), Afro Samurai: The Album (2007), Babylon A.D. (2008), Afro Samurai Resurrection (2009), The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)
Career highlights: RZA is credited as one of the founding members of Wu-Tang Clan, which he helped form after he signed his first deal with Tommy Records. He took leadership of the group and played the biggest role in the group’s production of music, while also rapping. With his executive production behind Wu-Tang’s first album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), he then went on to play this role in a majority of their albums. RZA has always been well-sought after for his production skills. He has made tracks for the rest of the Wu-Tang members in addition to likes of Notorious B.I.G. and also Jay Z and Kanye West. Alongside this, RZA also has clocked up a very respectable discography as a solo artist from; he released his first solo effort Bobby Digital in Stereo in 1998.
His production skills have also been utilized in numerous soundtracks including the "Kill Bill" volumes. RZA has also taken up acting roles in the past in films such as "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai," "Due Date," and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation."
Sound: RZA has been known by his peers for his distinct sound when making records with the way his chops up samples, and speeds up and slows down tracks.
Strengths: It comes as no surprise that RZA’s main strength in music is his exceptional production skills which has spread his influence throughout hip hop and into movies as well. The RZArector should also be credited for his acting skills, we've seen him featured in movies and on television since 1999.
What’s Next: RZA was most recently featured in the film "Brick Mansions," and also plays a role in the TV series which has just hit our screens, "Gang Related." On the music front, RZA and Raekwon have been reported to have reunited after a light feud as they look to release a new Wu-Tang album in July 2014.