RZA writes tribute song for Paul Walker following actor’s death
The RZA, producer and rapper with hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, has written a track to commemorate Paul Walker, the Hollywood actor who was killed in a car crash on Saturday.
Destiny Bends features the RZA (real name Robert Diggs) beginning “I want to dedicate this song to my friend Paul Walker”, with soul artist Will Wells singing the rest of the ballad, co-written by the pair and Diggs’s two sons. Diggs starred with Walker in Brick Mansions, an action remake of Luc Besson’s District 13 that is set for release in 2014, and the song recalls their bonding on set. “Thanks for the time and the smiles you shared with me”, run one passage of the lyrics. “How you equally respected my art and talked to me, a young father just learning what it takes to be a man.”
In a statement, he said: “I only knew him personally for less than a year, but we knew each other through our work and art. 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… We had plans to continue working with each other in the future. It seemed destined, but ‘destiny bends’.”
Walker was killed on Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, after the Porsche his business partner was driving lost control and collided with a lamppost. Police received a tip that he was racing another car at the time – in an echo of the Fast and Furious films which made his name – but this theory has been ruled out. The accident came as Walker was taking a break from filming the latest in the Fast and Furious franchise, which will go ahead despite his death.
As well as working on an album with Interpol’s Paul Banks, The RZA meanwhile is putting the finishing touches on a new Wu-Tang Clan LP, A Better Tomorrow. It was originally slated for July but which will now be released in early 2014 thanks to various members, Raekwon in particular, not filing verses.
“One of the guys who showed up the most was Method Man,” he said in an interview with Grantland. “He showed the most tenacity, he was the most vocal, he showed up the most, and he got the most lyrics on the new album… I give Cappadonna credit, he’s been really on it. U-God has been present. Masta Killa be representing. Inspectah Deck has been somewhat present. Ghost[face Killah] has been, you know, 20 percent present. And Raekwon hasn’t shown up at all… I respect that everybody [is] busy with they own lives. I started with a plan that I thought would work. Now maybe my plan not working.” He later added that “Raekwon is a valuable energy to the Wu-Tang, his voice, his lyrics, his approach. Rae is a master lyricist.” The group recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of their classic debut, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
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