How does that fit in with what I just read in the paper?” “Well, it fits together with the other two. There’s kind of a hip rotation at different frequencies, and when you play this way, it’s kind of a bit more efficient. It actually sort of opens up, rather than trying to close. So it’s more like I can get out in front. That could mean it’s more of a natural move, which would probably be a little more challenging. Or it’s more of a kind of just having a natural style, a lot of it is. Or it’s more like that I’m kind of, in a way, a hip-hopped hip-hop artist.”
“Yeah, I’m just trying to learn everything. I always tell people ‘if you want to try one thing, just get to know the other guy!'” RZA continues.
The interviewer nods in agreement. “How do you put an attitude on it?” he asks. “This hip-hop genre we’re doing is kinda crazy, so how do you try to put a vibe on it?”
RZA nods and says “I think you can do that, but it’s gotta be the right approach for the genre. In hip-hop, you always try to do what you want with the rhythm, but you try to think about what a style the music’s gonna eventually look like. One of my heroes said one of the things that’s gonna make people like you is if you don’t have a voice that screams in the end of it all. And you’re gonna need to have that sense.”
“You’re trying to do what you want in your music,” laughs the interviewer.
“The music should say something to you,” responds RZA. “I know they say that now, but we always had that. But maybe they don’t know how to translate it so now it’s, ‘oh he doesn’t speak his fucking mind, all right.'”
The interviewer leans forward and leans in close. “This is important,” he says. “This is where it starts to get really interesting. I think you can always look at something and say, ‘what’s it about? What do people see in here that they want to relate to, and that’s the question to ask. What’s it about?”
“It’s about being honest,” answers RZA. “It’s an art, an act. I think that’s just a real thing a lot of