It seems RZA took time to speak with The Guardian to promote his Glastonbury performance this weekend with the Wu-Tang Clan who are currently performing throughout Europe now.
He explained why he won’t be joining the group on the tour saying “I’m in the middle of editing a movie right now and I’m not allowed to leave California due to contractual agreements.”
Of course, the movie he’s referring to is his directorial debut The Man With The Iron Fist which is being produced by Quentin Tarrantino and stars Jamie Chung, Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Pam Grier, Rick Yune, Daniel Wu and, checking the IMDb page, wrestler Dave Bautista. RZA also co-wrote the script with actor/producer Eli Roth.
He commented on a number of things, including the history of Wu-Tang and his cousin Ol’ Dirty Bastard‘s son Boy Jones. This is what he said in reference to the film and expanding his artistic abilities:
“I’ve always wanted to show the world that hip-hop artists aren’t limited to the bubble we was put in, you know, just a bunch of guys rapping about drugs and streets and things like that,” he explains. “I took time to educate myself in many fields of creativity and technology as well as honing my skills as a human being.”
So who knows, maybe this could be the start of rappers directing and producing quality projects. :-)