rza   The head of the mighty WU-TANG CLANpire – rapper, producer, composer, actor, director, screenwriter and more recently author RZA (AKA the Abbott, Prince Rakeem, the Rzarector, Bobby Steels, Bobby Digital, Robert Diggs) returns to Australia and New Zealand for a string of shows this February!

The RZA first surfaced during the early ’90s as a member of All in Together Now, a group that also featured fellow Wu-Tang members the Genius (aka GZA) and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Following All in Together Now’s dissolution,

he signed to Tommy Boy under the name Prince Rakeem, issuing the 1991 EP “Ooh We Love You Rakeem” before joining the Wu-Tang; the group’s 1993 debut, “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”, was one of the most influential hip-hop records of the era, with RZA’s lean, menacing production work much imitated throughout the hip hop community in the years to follow.

In addition to remaining a member of the Wu-Tang family and producing many of the group members’ solo efforts, RZA also joined the Gravediggaz, helming their 1995 debut “6 Feet Deep”; his first full-length solo LP, “Bobby Digital in Stereo”, followed in 1998. In 1999, “RZA Hits”, a compilation of some of the Wu-Tang family’s best-known tracks, from both group and solo projects, was released under RZA’s name. “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai”, his soundtrack for the Jim Jarmusch film in which he made a cameo, beginning a series of small acting roles – was also released in ‘99. In 2001, he released his second Bobby Digital record, “Digital Bullet”. A mix album, “The World According to RZA”, followed in 2003, as did his third official solo album, “The Birth of a Prince”. He continued to field soundtrack work, including Quentin Tarantino’s two-volume Kill Bill films and the Japanese animation series Afro Samurai, as documented on 2007’s “Afro Samurai” and 2009’s “Afro Samurai: The Resurrection”. Continuing the story from “Digital Bullet”, “Digi Snacks” – his 4th solo album – was released in 2008. In 2009 he released “The Tao of Wu”, a book detailing the philosophy of the Wu Tang and his worldview. He is currently working on a kung-fu movie, entitled “Man with the Iron Fist”, the second in which he is writing, directing, as well as starring in.


Wednesday 10th Feb Villa Perth
+ Mathas & Dan The Man

Thursday 11th Feb Fowlers Adelaide
+ Dialect & DJ Sanchez

Friday 12th Feb Prince of Wales Melbourne
+ GDP (US) & DJ Mark 563
Missing Link 03 9670 8208, Polyester Records Fitzroy 03 9419 5137 & city 03 9663 8696, Obese 03 9529 1577, Prince Public Bar www.princebandroom.com.au 03 95361168

Sunday 14th Feb Metro Sydney
+ Dialectrix & DJ Jonah
www.ticketek.com.au 132 849, www.metrotheatre.com.au 02 9550 3666

Monday 15th Feb HiFi Brisbane
+ Kings Konekted
www.thehifi.com.au 1300 843 434, Rocking Horse 07 3229 5360, Butterbeats 07 3257 3257, Sunflower Pacific Fair 07 5538 1850, Disasterpiece 07 5527 1706, Mosh Pit Music 07 5479 2777, Kill The Music 07 3012 7751, Gooble warming 07 3844 6006, Rockaway Records 07 3208 3771