RZA has released an ode to Paul Walker, an actor who passed away in a fiery car accident on Saturday (November 30).
“Every time I think about you, all I see is your smile and your bright blue eyes,” Will Wells sings on the track, written by RZA, his sons and Wells.
“This song, entitled ‘Destiny Bends,’ was written last night after hearing the tragic news of the loss of a good man named Paul Walker,” RZA says in a statement. “I met Paul on the set of the film Brick Mansion, where we talked, laughed, and exchanged ideas of life and fatherhood.”
In his letter, RZA also says that he felt a connection with Walker.
“I only knew him personally for less than a year, but we knew each other through our work and art,” RZA says. “We saw in each other a kindred spirit of men coming from unlikely circumstances, and rising to be the light and beacon of our family and loved ones. Men who learned the joy and pains of love in life, and success, while coming to realize that nothing is more important than family, friendship, and the brotherhood of humanity. Millions of people get to know an artist or movie star through their work, but few are allowed to cross each others’ paths and see through the veil of stardom and find the common denominator that we share.
“As all physical things will decay and wither away, film, art, and music remain longer than the vessel that delivered them,” RZA continues. “In this vein, the one thing we can’t take away or give back is time. So, thus, time is the most precious gift. I dedicated my time to compose this song with my two sons and new friend Will Wells, who was kind enough to sing and perform it for me. We dedicate it to Paul Walker. A good man. We had plans to continue working with each other in the future. It seemed destined, but destiny bends.”
The track can be heard below via Soundcloud by way of 2DopeBoyz.