If you’ve been a fan of the almighty Wu-Tang clan since 1993/94, then you must agree that it’s been a true revelation to see the amazing growth of The Rza as a musician, artist and complete auteur. From being the Wu-Tang’s spiritual leader and skilled producer behind classic albums like Enter the 36th Chamber & Only Built for Cuban Linx to scoring movies like Ghost Dog and directing major features like The Man With the Iron First, Rza’s elevation and growth never seems to stall. At the beginning of this week, the Rza took to his facebook page and delivered a heartfelt passage about the perils of huge egos and the wisdom of staying true to one’s own path. Soak in the jewels below:
“Who was this skinny black guy with gold vampire teeth…”
Text from Rza’s Facebook post:
“Peace – I’m back on set today for Gang Related. We have a lot of extras. Filming is going well. It’s funny how some of the extras know me, some don’t and others may be familiar with other members of the cast. Made me think how sometimes your Ego is not your amigo. For instance I’ve been in the room where some egomaniacs think the whole world knows who they are and they walk around like they got big bonkers but know body gives a hoot. They don’t realize that their fan base are the ones who admire their talent and that base can grow or shrink. It could extend to the world to be as massive as the prophets or remain as local as high school football player. What ever range it reaches, accept it as it is and build from there but don’t let it delude you because what goes up can come down and a crash landing is surely disastrous.
Once, at an award ceremony, the winner for album of the year went to a country singer who me and my peeps never heard of. We was like who is that??? Later, come to learn he sold 6 million records, yet we never heard of one song. His fan base was his. Thus our opinions about him had no bearing on his star.
A guy saw me once shinning at an event and wondered who was this skinny black guy with gold vampire teeth getting all the attention while he himself was an accomplished actor that no one in the room cared about. He was told that’s so and so from wutang clan. He was like Wu what??? Is that some kind of Asian Kung fu crew??lol. Well that night the bright light came from me while he was dim as a candle. Still a candle alone in a dark room is bright as a 100watt bulb to a moth.
Moral of the story is there are many stars in the sky and some are seen from different points of the hemisphere so don’t worry about being seen or noticed because in the end it takes them all to light the sky so be yourself and shine on….”
Look for Rza in the gritty police drama “Gang Related” which debuts later this year on FOX.