Published Jun 16, 2008On the heels of last winters chillily received Wu-Tang reunion album (do you ever hear people bumping8 Diagrams?), the Clans ruler Zig-Zag-Zig Allah dons the mask of his alter ego (read: id), Bobby Digital, for Digi Snacks. Never lacking creativity and forever ignoring current rap trends sonic, lyrical, fashion and otherwise RZA makes the occasional misstep but his song structuring and diatribes are never predictable. Rapping may be the thing RZA is third best at, behind producing and directing (his new passion), but this third instalment of the Digital series assaults the imagination with compositions that play out long after the rhymes have ceased ("Drama), with hypnotic repetition ("Try Yi Yi Yi) and our heros jagged flow, which cuts through his own gothic tracks like pinking shears awkward yet forceful. Inspectah Deck, the only original Wu swordsman to appear on an album hindered by second-stringers like Crisis and Dexter Wiggles, adds a verse to "You Cant Stop Me Now, a smart lead single because of its recognisable sample (previously looped up by MF Doom for his alter-ego, King Geedorah, on "Anti-Matter) and assertive mission statement. Less effective is "Goodnight Kiss. Over female moans, RZAs robotic cadence gets laughably graphic: "Edible panties no need for the hamper, and then even more explicit something about pollinating a flower. It makes the listener miss the subtle swagger Method Man flexed on Bobbys last love song, "La Rumba.
How easy is it for you to switch into Bobby Digital mode? Its seasonal. It might not happen every year but it happens. Last time I was in Bobby Digital mode was five years ago but [in the meantime] I did a RZA album [2003s Birth of a Prince], I did soundtracks, commercials, all this other shit. But now Bobbys back on the scene, back having some fun. Ive been doing a few gigs lately and Ive been having a great time. And the weird thing is, when I do Bobby Digital, there are more girls in the audience than when I do Wu-Tang.
Whats your greatest challenge these days?
Continuing to live out truth, live healthy and represent the positive side of life in this big negative environment we live in. We live in a world of capitalism. Not everybodys taking care of everybody; everybody gotta dog everybody out. So much lies and fabrications, so much bullshit. So just trying to stay a focused man and trying to have fun in a mud field is not easy, but its possible. I believe in the Most High, I believe in Allah, I believe in God. Allah says theres no boulder man cant handle. So I know that no matter what burden is on my shoulder it can be handled.
Your son is 11 years old. How interested in your music is he?
Hes very into it. There are some of my verses that he remembers and shit. On the song I did with GZA and DJ Muggs ["Advanced Pawns], one day I caught my son saying a verse to his friend and shit. I was like, "Oh, shit! Thats not an easy verse to remember. (Koch)