Guest Star: "Kanye West Did Something That Hip-Hop Needed"

Thursday, Nov 18, 2010 11:40AM

Written by SOHH for RZA

[With Kanye West's much-anticipated comeback nearing fruition, "So Appalled" collaborator RZA recalls contributing to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.]

Kanye West is a focused artist. He invited out a lot of classic hip-hop producers to come and rock with him for his album. I think [it's] a real positive thing to reach back, and what I like about him is he has the capability to do it all by himself. He doesn't need no help in what he do but I think with him reaching out, it shows the unity of hip-hop which is kind of missing.

[With] a lot of artists who make it, the bigger they get, the further way they get away from the roots of things. I'm proud with him being one of the biggest artists in the world, still reaching back to the root of things. [Kanye's] got a lot of the dope emcees that's out today, he's got classic producers, classic emcees, he did something that hip-hop needed.

What hip-hop needed was to show the balance from both generations. Even though we only worked together a few times, he's always given me big ups and he would always be in the articles bigging up RZA, Ghostface and all of us who inspired him through our early work and  helped mold him to the style that he developed.

RZA is one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan and a renowned producer/rapper. The music veteran was recruited by Kanye West to work on his new album and contribute to multiple G.O.O.D. Music Friday releases.

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