Legendary producer/rapper RZA, The Abbot of the Wu-Tang Clan, is responsible for creating the music behind some of the most sacred hip-hop albums of all time, such as Wu debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., and GZA’s Liquid Swords. So it was only right that he bless us with a banging soundtrack for his upcoming Quentin Tarantino-produced martial arts film The Man with the Iron Fists, which he co-wrote and directed.
The soundtrack for the film features all the original living members of the Wu-Tang Clan (there’s even one song with six of them rhyming back-to-back on it) plus production and raps by RZA, as well as appearances by seasoned spitters Kool G Rap, Talib Kweli, and Pusha T.
There's also a heavy presence of new talent sprinkled throughout the project too, with guest spots from Wiz Khalifa, Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies, and more. Not to mentions songs with Grammy-winners The Black Keys, Kanye West, and Corinne Bailey Rae.
Last week, we sat down with RZA in the Music Hall of Williamsburg’s basement bar area before his tour performance to get a track-by-track breakdown of The Man with the Iron Fists soundtrack, which will be officially released October 23. He shared the stories behind all of the songs, from how each artist got involved in the project to how the tracks are related to different scenes and themes in the movie. Bong bong.
As told to Daniel Isenberg (@stanipcus)