Big Rap Moments of 2012: RZA Brings Hip-Hop to Hollywood With ‘Man With the Iron Fists’
When it comes to hip-hop, RZA is part of the chosen few who have led the scene during its golden era as the man behind the boards of 'Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers),' released in 1993. Almost 20 years later, the rapper-producer continued stepping outside of boundaries, as he took his talents to Hollywood as director of his first full-length film, 'The Man With the Iron Fists,' which arrived on screens Nov. 2. Looking at his childhood, it's safe to say this moment was part of his destiny. With his life-long obsession of kung-fu flicks, RZA decided to make one of his own. But not without training of course.
After going under the guidance of 'Kill Bill' director Quentin Tarantino as an apprentice, RZA eventually felt confident enough to bring his imagination to the big screen. With actresses Pam Grier, Lucy Liu and Russell Crowe starring in the martial arts motion picture, 'The Man With the Iron Fists' was well on its way to being an impressive debut for the 43-year-old. His transition represents another successful win for hip-hop artists transitioning from the recording booth to other realms of artistic expression.