RZA (US rapper / producer)

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Legal name: Robert Diggs, Jr. (hip hop producer/rapper The RZA)

Also performs as: Bobby Digital, Prince Rakeem


Robert Fitzgerald Diggs (born July 5, 1969), better known by his stage name RZA (/ˈrɪzə/ RIZ), is an American rapper, record producer, musician, actor, filmmaker and author. A prominent figure in hip hop, RZA is the de facto leader of the Wu-Tang Clan. He has produced almost all of Wu-Tang Clan's albums as well as many Wu-Tang solo and affiliate projects. He is a cousin of the late group-mate, Ol' Dirty Bastard and GZA (who also formed the group with RZA). He has also released solo albums under the alter-ego Bobby Digital, along with executive producing credits for side projects.

In addition to the Wu-Tang Clan and his solo releases, RZA was also a founding member of the horrorcore group Gravediggaz where he used the name The RZArector. Furthermore, he has acted in several movies, including Coffee and Cigarettes, American Gangster, Gospel Hill, Life Is Hot in Cracktown, Ghost Dog, Funny People, Derailed, Due Date and Repo Men. He also appeared in the Showtime TV series Californication. His directorial debut is for the film he co-wrote and in which he plays the title role, The Man with the Iron Fists, also starring Russell Crowe. On November 1, 2012, he introduced the movie at a preview screening in the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, the evening before the Universal picture opened nationwide.

The magazine The Source placed him on its list of the 20 greatest producers in the magazine's twenty-year history. He also made the "Elite 8" in the search for The Greatest Hip-Hop Producer of All Time by Vibe. NME placed him on their list of the 50 Greatest Producers Ever.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Birth of a Prince RZA 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 The Swarm, Volume 1 RZA presents Wu-Tang Killa Bees 5 3
1999 The RZA Hits RZA 1
2003 The World According to RZA RZA 4
2006 Instrumental Experience RZA 1
2013 The RZA presents Shaolin Soul Selection, Volume 1 RZA 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai RZA 4
2007 Afro Samurai RZA 4 1
2010 The Protector RZA 1
2012 The Man With the Iron Fists (Original Motion Picture Score) RZA & Howard Drossin 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Ooh I Love You Rakeem RZA 2
1995 No Hook Shaquille O’Neal feat. RZA & Method Man 2
2003 Ich kenne nichts (das so schön ist wie du) RZA feat. Xavier Naidoo 1
2003 I've Never Seen... RZA feat. Xavier Naidoo 1
2010 So Appalled Kanye West feat. RZA, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz & CyHi da Prynce 1
2012 Hara Krishna N.O.R.E. feat. The RZA 1
2012 The Baddest Man Alive The Black Keys / RZA 1
Cakes Kool G Rap feat. The RZA 1
La Rhumba RZA 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Only One Place to Get It RZA 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Wu Tang Mix The RZA / Big Kap 1

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