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RZA Scores ‘Afro Samurai Resurrection’


Weapons and Sensibility; Video Offers Rare Glimpse Into the RZA’s Unique Creativity

By Amir Said (Sa’id)

I’ve always held The RZA in high regard, but after watching (studying) this video of him inside the studio, my respect for him has increased exponentially. In this rather extreme close-up look of RZA at work in his home recording studio, many myths and rumors—about the setup he uses—are dispelled. Indeed, in this video, RZA reveals the core combination of tools that he employs to make his unique brand of music. More importantly, RZA briefly (but thoughtfully) expresses key factors in his creative process as well as how he sometimes finds inspiration for his musical activity.

RZA in Studio for Afro Samurai Resurrection
(Please note. The volume is a little low on this video.)

Articles, Beat Breakdown, Beatmaking, Music Education, MusicStudy

About Author

Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including his latest album 'The Best of Times.' Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual

  • ‘preciate you sharing this videon on the RZA’s creative process. I have been down with Afro Samurai from the beginning and seeing how the RZA combines his talent with the story to extend the overall narrative, takes that appreciation to the next level.

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