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- Posted on Jun 11th 2008 2:00PM by Jonah Flicker
Until that day when he puts on his government-issued lab coat, RZA has got a new release from his alter ego Bobby Digital set for release this month. 'Digi Snacks' is the third concept album dealing with the exploits of his character, this time augmented by the contributions of members of System of a Down, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' John Frusciante and rapper David Banner. RZA has found inspiration in some of cinema's greatest for his Bobby Digital persona. "When I made the first Bobby Digital album, I was inspired by Robert De Niro. I was high, of course," he admits. "I have many voices in my head, many styles of rhyming. I said, 'I'm gonna become a character when I do my styles.' For me, it's all part of expressing artistic creativity, whether I'm doing it musically, acting on the silver screen or whether I'm sitting there playing chess."
After the last Wu-Tang album, '8 Diagrams,' was released last year, RZA had to deal with some negative fallout from within the Clan. In reaction to the expansive, experimental sound RZA utilized in his production, Raekwon even called him a hippie. "If Raekwon says that, I gotta take it seriously," says RZA. "He's my brother, he's close to me. [But] I think he miscalculated. I wasn't offended by it, because a hippie is a nigga who smoke weed and play the guitar. S---, I smoke weed and play the guitar."
RZA will be performing with a live band, Stone Mecca, when he hits the road in support of 'Digi Snacks.' "Expect the unexpected," he enthuses. "I don't care if there were only ten motherf---ers in the crowd: I never did a show that motherf---ers left not having a good time, man."