Robert Fitzgerald Diggs
RZA, Prince Rakeem, The RZArector, Bobby Steels, Ruler Zig-Zag-Zig Allah, Abbott, Bobby Digital
Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
RZA has a house in Millstone Township, New Jersey.
He also spends some time in New York City and Los Angeles. He has a 4,200 square feet mansion set on an acre of land in California.
RZA’s formal education information isn’t available.
Rapper, record producer, musician, actor, filmmaker, author
- Father – His father owned a convenience store in the Hills District of Pittsburgh.
- Mother – She passed away in 2000 due to a stroke caused by high blood pressure.
- Siblings – 9th Prince (Younger Brother) (Rapper and member of Wu Tang Clan), Mitchell Diggs (Brother), Sophia Diggs (Sister), Divine (Brother) (Co-founder of Wu Tang Enterprises and serves as executive producer for Wu Tang Clan’s music albums). Overall, he has 10 siblings.
- Others – Flavor Flav (Cousin) (Music Producer), Ol’ Dirty Bastard (Cousin) (Rapper and one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan) (Passed away in November 2004 due to a drug overdose), GZA (Cousin) (Rapper, songwriter and one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan).
RZA was earlier represented by ICM Partners.
However, after his agent Cameron Mitchell left ICM to join Creative Artists Agency, RZA followed him to CAA as well.
Vocals, keyboards, zither, and sampler
Soul Temple, Tommy Boy, Razor Sharp, Epic, Sony Music Entertainment, Virgin, EMI Music, Koch, Gee Street, V2, BMG (Bertelsmann Music Group), Sanctuary, and Warner Bros. Records
6 ft 2 in or 188 cm
84 kg or 185 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
RZA has dated –
- Eboni Mills (2000-2006) – RZA got married to his first wife in July 2000. However, the start of their marriage wasn’t ideal as within a couple of months of their marriage, two women came forward claiming that they had given birth to his kids out of marriage. The name of these two kids was reported to be Raindia Diggs (born. March 2000) and Pranda Diggs (born. August 2000). In April 2006, she decided to end their marriage that lasted for about 6 years. Over the course of their marriage, Mills is reported to have given birth to 4 children – Shaquasia, Melchizedek, Understanding and Eternity Diggs. However, there are some media sources that assert RZA is the father of only four children, and he has had them with different women. Unfortunately, due to lack of information about his private life, neither of the above two reports can be verified.
- Talani Rabb (2009-Present) – RZA got married to former model Talani Rabb in 2009 after dating for a couple of years. She has given birth to his son.
Race / Ethnicity
He is African American.
- Lean and long face
- Short cropped hairstyle
- Neatly trimmed beard
His body specifications like chest, waist and biceps measurements are unknown.
RZA has appeared in a TV commercial for Apple Watch alongside actress Chloe Sevigny.
His song has been used in a TV advert for Belvedere Vodka.
He has also done endorsement work for Chipotle. In fact, in 2017, the fast food chain got in touch with RZA for SAVOR.WAVS, which was brand’s another campaign that meshed ingredients and music for an enjoyable experience. RZA created 51 pieces of music for 51 non-additive ingredients, Chipotle use for their food items.
He considers himself as meta-religious and combines elements of different faiths and religions such as Buddhism and Five Percent Nation, for his spiritual philosophy.
Best Known For
- Being the founding member and de facto leader of the hip hop collective, Wu Tang Clan.
- The success and popularity of his solo studio albums such as Digital Bullet and Bobby Digital in Stereo.
- Having served as the producer for almost every Wu Tang Clan album and albums compiled by Wu Tang Clan members and affiliates.
In November 1998, he released his debut solo album, Bobby Digital in Stereo, which managed to reach the 3rd spot in the US R&B charts.
In 1993, his hip hop group Wu Tang Clan released their debut studio album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
In 1999, he made his first film appearance in the crime action movie, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.
First TV Show
In November 1998, RZA made his TV show debut in the music series, Total Request Live.
RZA relies on Kung Fu and martial arts training to keep himself fit. After getting inspired by martial arts movies in his early childhood, he got into martial arts and has been practicing it for the best part of 4 decades.
He started his martial arts training at the age of 11 with his friend Jose, who had a brown belt, at Silver Lake Park in Staten Island. Soon after, he met Sifu Shi Yan Ming of USA Shaolin Temple and became a disciple of Shaolin. Under Shi Yan Ming, he mostly trained in basics of chi kung, which is essentially the root of martial arts.
RZA Favorite Things
- Actors – Bruce Lee, Jim Kelly, Chi Kuan Ti, Gordon Liu and Ling Po
- New York Restaurants – GoBo on 6th Avenue, Vegetarian Paradise, Zen Palate
- Food – Indian, Japanese, Italian, and Thai
- Thai Food Restaurant – Tamarind on 22nd Street and Park in New York City
- Chain Restaurants – Benihana’s and P.F. Changs
- Coffee or Tea Café – Tazo or HonestTea
- Books – Qur’an, The Bible, and Lotus Sutra
- Martial Arts Movies – Five Deadly Venoms, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Ninja Scroll, and Fist of the North Star
- Hobbies – Watching martial arts movies and playing chess
- Inspiration – GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes, Quincy Jones, Donny Hathaway, Willie Mitchell
- Style Icon – Sylvester Stallone
- Clothing Items – Timberland boots (He has about 50 to 60 pairs of these boots)
- Building – Metropolitan Hotel in London
- Movies – The Star Wars films and The Godfather – I and II
- Comedian – Richard Pryor
Source – Black Belt Mag, Eater, Wikipedia, Independent
- RZA gave up eating pork by the age of 11. Over the years, he gave up chicken, fish, and turkey and by 1997, he had become a complete vegetarian. He then gave up dairy products as well and has become a vegan.
- From the age of 3 to 7, he was raised by his uncle in North Carolina.
- He is vocal and open about his weed smoking habit. However, he did stop smoking weed in 2003 and remained off it for about two and a half years. However, during that period, he relied on edibles for his marijuana consumption.
- The Source, which is world’s longest running rap periodical, included RZA in the list of the 20 greatest producers.
- Before he found success in the music industry, he was involved in petty crimes, sold drugs and marijuana and got on the wrong side of law far too often.
- At the start of the 90s, he was charged with attempted murder. He was acquitted of the charge in 1992 after his counsel successfully argued that RZA had acted in self-defense.
- He first heard hip hop music at the age of 8 at a block party on Staten Island.
- RZA started dabbling with hip hop music at the age of 9. By the age of 11, he was participating in local rap battles.
- His birth name was selected by his mother after Robert Kennedy and John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Her mother was a big fan of the Kennedy family.
- Under him, the Wu-Tang Clan started their lucrative Wu Wear clothing line in 1997. About three years later, the group released their exclusive video game Shaolin Style.
- He was a champion of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation. He also serves as the Director of Development for the organization.
- The producers of 2006 hit movie, The Departed got in touch with him to offer the role of Brown. However, due to a scheduling conflict, he had to back down from the project.
- He met Eli Roth, who co-wrote RZA’s directorial debut The Man with the Iron Fists with him, at Martin Scorsese’s house. However, they didn’t become friends until on a long flight home from Europe.
- RZA is considered as one of the pioneers of small hip-hop subgenre of horrorcore. His rap group, Gravediggaz, were one of the leading proponents of this rap genre.
- He roped in his good friend and legendary actor Russell Crowe to play an important role in his directorial project The Man with the Iron Fists, in which he cast himself in the leading role.
- He is often seen wearing a pendant of the Universal Flag of Islam, which is the symbol of the Nation of Gods and Earths.
- In September 2015, he was awarded the Vegan Award at the PETA’s 35th Anniversary Party.
- In October 2009, he published his philosophical book, The Tao of Wu. It was written with contribution from legendary action star Chuck Norris and managed to sneak into New York Times Best Seller list by November 2009.
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