In an interview with Pigeons and Planes, Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian discuss their Hip Hop and Rock-infused project, Achozen LP. In the interview, RZA expresses why he feels like you can’t take Caucasians and Latinos out of Hip Hop.
The Wu-Tang member tells the story of when Shavo introduced him to Metal and Rock music. RZA says that after picking up a guitar from Shavo’s guitar collection, it helped change his perspective on how he embraces other musical genres.
“So I started listening to rock,” RZA says. “Look at a band like Queen: ‘Mama, I just killed a man…’ and you realize, ‘Okay, these dudes was getting busy, too.’
“People say Hip Hop is a Black man’s music, but Rick Rubin was there early,” the rapper-producer-director continues. “DJ Charlie Chase is Puerto Rican. You can’t take the elements of the Caucasian brother or the Latino brother out of Hip Hop.”
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