During an appearance on Chelsea Lately, RZA recently discussed his sobriety and how it has affected his work in movies and television. The Wu-Tang producer/emcee, also said he has to keep his “focus” and that he does not smoke weed while working on film and television roles but that it was prominent in his days in the studio.
“Making music and weed kind of went together for me,” he explained. “Many years, I’ve been in the studio making music, making hits and weed was always there but I’ve transferred myself to directing now. I’m a movie director. You gotta play it sober. I’ve been playing it sober. Superman focus, Superman stamina, zooming in.”
He explained that this is not solely for directing. According to RZA, he is also sober when he takes on new acting roles.
“Even when you’re acting, you’ve got to keep your mind focused. It’s a very unique craft to be taking on different personalities.”
So, while he is sober for his work on Californication, RZA shared that it’s not difficult for him to cut weed out of his life.
“A few years ago, it would have been hard but with the maturity I’ve grown into, I’m good,” he shared. “I have no vices, besides pretty women.”
For more from the interview including some information on his RZA’s World App, check the video below.