RZA Discusses Kung Fu And Filmmaking With Uproxx

Written by Nigel D. / 04.11.15



Uproxx: In trying to master different genres, you had a chance to direct the first Man With The Iron Fists. What was that process like for you in writing and directing, and what did you learn from that?

RZA: It was the most challenging job I’ve taken to date. And I thought Wu-Tang Clan would be the most challenging job. When I wound up doing A Better Tomorrow, if I wouldn’t have done Iron Fists, I probably would’ve f*cking lost all my hair doing A Better Tomorrow because that was a tough one. But Iron Fists was tougher. What I’ve learned is preparation is one of the keys to success in any man’s life. It’s like, no matter what you’re doing, you can get anywhere you want to go in this world, yo, you can go for it. But you have a map, and you’re prepared for the journey, then most likely you’ll make that journey complete and sound, and safe.

Preparation was one of the greatest lessons I learned from doing that film. It was something my producer warned me of, but I didn’t take heed at first. I was kind of anxious. I wanted to get started. In six weeks I wanted to do the movie. And he said, “No, Bobby, you’re going to need at least 14 weeks of prep.” I was like, I don’t need no 14 weeks, this movie’s been in my head for seven years. But he was right. So that was my greatest lesson. I advise people. I tell my son that all the time. If you want to play basketball, that means you have to come home after school and play all day and prepare. Prepare yourself. Prepare for the game. Don’t wait until you get to the game to warm up.
Full Interview: Uproxx

The Man With The Iron Fists 2” comes out on DVD April 14th.

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Audio: Joe Budden & Company Discuss If Nerds/Weirdos Are Taking Over Hip Hop

Written by Nigel D. / 04.08.15

Are ‘weirdos’ taking over hip hop? Joe Budden, Peter Rosenberg, Rob Markman, Lowkey, Rory, & Marisa (sort of) sit down and discuss all that is hip hop in 2015.

Do you feel nerds/weirdos are taking over Hip Hop?

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A$AP Rocky Covers Complex’ April/May 2015 Issue

Written by Nigel D. / 03.30.15


Rocky on racial tension in America:

“It’s fucked up. That’s all it is. Cops killing people, people killing cops. It’s all fucked up. I think it’ll all change soon. I think people with a badge—or not—are gonna stop abusing authority across the world, and learn to appreciate one another. For real. [Smiles.] All they need is weed, some love, some good sex, some good-ass music.”

On criticism of ex-girlfriend, rapper Iggy Azalea:

“It comes with the game. If she fake on something, somebody is going to call her bluff. That’s life.”

“[It’s] unfortunate because nobody wants to be portrayed that way. I’m quite sure she doesn’t. I think she works hard like the rest of us. Silly or not, 300 million people like to watch it on YouTube, so who the fuck are we to say anything?”

“I’m not looking at her from a standpoint of ‘I used to be boning this chick’s back out.’ I’m looking at it [as]: She’s a just a person. You can’t bluff. You gotta just be 100. That’s all I could really say. The question is: Was she not being 100 about something?”

On dissing Hood By Air and Been Trill:

“I’m taking full credit for Hood By Air, for anyone knowing anything. Yes. I’m taking credit for that. I liked it when I was way younger. It had a little run here and there, but nobody ever really kicked it off. I knew Shayne [Oliver] on a personal note. I was like: ‘Yo, let’s bring this shit back.’ It took me years. Shayne’s stubborn.”

Full Interview: Complex

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A$AP Ferg Speaks On What He Learned From Missy Elliott & New York Hip Hop

Written by Nigel D. / 03.18.15

Microphone Check sat down with ASAP Ferg in February, just before he released the video for “Doe-Active,” a song off his November mixtape, Ferg Forever. The pillar of New York’s ASAP Mob spoke about his aesthetic choices, the way he imagines our far off future and what he’s learned from Missy Elliott.

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Jamie Foxx Speaks On His Upcoming Mike Tyson Movie (Martin Scorsese Will Be The Director)

Written by Nigel D. / 03.12.15

Jamie Foxx speaks with The Breakfast Club about his new single “You Changed Me” and upcoming Mike Tyson movie(8:21).

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Hot 97 Calls Bobby Shmurda & Rowdy Rebel In Jail

Written by Nigel D. / 03.05.15

Booby Shmurda calls back to Ebro In The Morning and talks about being in jail, clears up rumors about his “Uncle” and how has been supporting him and who has not been.

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Audio: J. Cole Speaks On Social Media, Nascar & More With Funkmaster Flex

Written by Nigel D. / 02.26.15

J. Cole speaks with Funk Masterflex about his feature in ESPN magazine, Dreamville, social media and more.

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