Wu-Tang Clan's RZA Aiming For 'Cadillac' Quality Sound On Upcoming Bobby Digital Album
In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, the Wu-Tang legend talks all things Cadillac, bumping sound systems and ODB's pops.
Exclusive – Growing up on Staten Island, New York in the 1970s, RZA’s family didn’t have a lot of money — at least not enough to buy a Cadillac. But Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s father managed to scrape up enough to get one and all the kids in the neighborhood wanted to check it out.
“Cadillac was the king of the road, especially for men my uncle’s age,” RZA tells HipHopDX. “To have one and to be parking that into the parking lot at the time they lived in London Plaza was crazy. For for us, we were always wishing that wherever he went, he would take us [laughs].
“On one level, it felt like a small accomplishment, even though it wasn’t for me. I was at his house so much and with his family that I felt like weirdly they was like my rich cousins — even though they wasn’t rich [laughs]. It feels good. It feels like, that’s your rich cousin and they got a Cadillac.”
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Fast-forward to 2021 and The Abbott has just announced a new partnership with Cadillac, something he could’ve never envisioned for his future.
“Maybe not the young RZA who was excited to watch ODB’s pops get his Cadillac and wish he would drive me around,” he says. “Before I entered Hip Hop, I definitely couldn’t imagine that, you know what I mean? Because even the Cadillac itself was unattainable.”
But these days, RZA could buy 10 Cadillacs if he wanted to and was able to partner up with the iconic automobile brand for the Cadillac Sound of Arrival campaign. The spot features RZA highlighting how each speaker in the 36 speaker AKG Studio Reference System work together to deliver the perfect sound through symmetry and function.
RZA recorded Wu-Tang Clan’s seminal debut Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) using an AKG microphone, the same speaker brand featured in the Escalade.
Before giving the AKG Studio Reference System the Wu-Tan