RZA ft. Stone Mecca
The vision of the Wu-Tang Clan is undoubtedly due to the musical skills of RZA. Under his direction, the group - through its own efforts and solo projects, all of which he produced or co-produced - created a hazy, surreal and menacing soundscape of hardcore beats, eerie piano riffs, and minimal samples. Over these backing tracks, the loose collective of 9 MC‘s rapped hard, updating the old-school attack with vicious violence, martial arts imagery, and a welcome warped humor. Emerging in 1993 with Enter the Wu-Tang, by 1995 their sound was one of the most instantly recognizable in hip-hop and they would become one of the most revolutionary and well-known rap groups of all time. Their relevance persists today, with the $2 million sale of the only copy of their album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin in 2015.
RZA would go on to produce songs for legends outside of Wu-Tang such as Notorious B.I.G. and Big Pun. Perhaps his most surprising accomplishments outside of the group however have been in film. He created the soundtrack and score for Jim Jarmusch‘s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and directed the The Man With the Iron Fists starring Russell Crowe. He‘s also acted in a number of films including Coffee and Cigarettes, American Gangster, Funny People and more.
“Stone Mecca gives us a modern day example of what heard and sould music is…” RZA says. Original production, live instruments, and evocative lyrics and melodies woven together amidst heavy bass lines and rhythmic beats, breeding funk, soul, and hip-hop as one.