Big Boy in the neighborhood welcomes RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. Speaking about having a vision and keeping his word were key for the start of Wu-Tang Clan.
RZA had always been viewed and it’s safe to say is the leader of hip hop‘s most iconic groups. For RZA it was all about getting everyone to believe in his vision. “I think when you have built trust, you know what I mean. And you have honor, and respect from a group of men, then it comes a point when – I use the term Noah. Noah was like the best Noah, he knew it was gonna be a storm. He told everybody look, and those whose listened got on that arc, and they made it to safety,” explains RZA.
Back in Shaolin, Staten Island, RZA was that Noah. “The point in time in my community I was like that Noah. I had never crossed anybody, I was faithful to my word,” RZA continued. “My honor,trust, and vision was pure.”
Coming to an understanding that he was no longer a solo artist, aka Prince Rakeem, was a crucial step into destiny. That and understanding how important it is to stick your “word”. “The most important thing I would say to any young brothers that’s going through it, if you give someone the word, you got to stick by it. You can’t break it.”
But, Wu-Tang Clan was not an over not night thing. Nothing ever is that will sustain the test of time. Or, building that trust, or word for that matter. “It takes time for that word to develop.”
RZA would then estimate five years from the day that those other eight Wu-Tang Clan members gave him their word. Five years later and ‘Wu-Tang Forever‘ was the #1 album in the country.
This wasn’t the case with everyone in the community, as RZA explains and shown in the Wu-Tang Series ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga‘. “There was a guy who was probably smarter than me at the time. More talented than me at teh time. Had more time with the equipment, but I had this drive. And I was tell him to come with me. And I was saying Wu-Tang Clan, I want to bring the material arts culture and hip hop together. He looked at me and said ‘bro I’m black. I ain’t with all that kung fu’.”
Unfortunately for that individual, he didn’t see the vision. But, for Wu-Tang, the rest is history. And, now we all can see that vision and story via a series on Hulu. ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga‘, based on a true story, the show tracks the formation of the Clan.