It’s no secret that RZA and famed Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino have been working together for a number of years. Now, in a recent promo interview for his film The Man with the Iron Fists conducted by Funkmaster Flex, the Abbot of the Wu-Tang Clan discusses his relationship with Oscar nominated director.

According to RZA, he first met Tarantino while working on his film Kill Bill, Vol. 1, on which he served as music supervisor. After their first work together, RZA asked Q if he could serve as his personal cinema mentor. Later, he said that it Tarantino’s approval that he and collaborator Eli Roth sought out after they finished their first draft of Iron Fists.

“I would say [that directing a film] is something more that was a dream, actually,” he explained. “I met Quentin Tarantino. They called me to promote a movie for them [Kill Bill, Vol. 1]. Later on, he got me to do the music – he was like, ‘I want you to produce this like you produce those albums.’ And I was like, ‘It’d be my pleasure, yo.’ But then, I recognized something about him – ‘This guy is a genius. He’s an encyclopedia of film. I’m gonna ask him to mentor me, I’m gonna study with him.’ He accepted me, [and] I stayed as his student for six years, so by the time we got to 2009, I just graduated, and then at 2010, I got my own screenplay and my own script called The Man with the Iron Fists with my buddy Eli Roth. We go to Quentin as the godfather and say we want to do it together, ‘cus Eli’s also a student of his as well, and he blesses us.”

Check out the full interview below.

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