Singled Out: "I Didn't Hear From RZA Directly But I Understand The Whole Momentum"

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 12:25AM

Written by SOHH for Masta Killa

[SOHH highlights a hot record each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Governor explained his "Stand Up" tribute, Wu-Tang Clan's Masta Killa gives a quick spin on how the new "Six Directions of Boxing" Man With The Iron Fists track came together.]

I didn't hear from RZA directly but at the same time, I understand the whole momentum of what should happen when any one of us is involved in anything.

If I see the Bat Sign, I'm going. So once I knew that the soundtrack was going down and the movie was going down and all of that, of course I want to be a part of that. That's my brother. So it was another chamber.

It was going back and doing what we do naturally and that's the results. I will always prefer that over a solo album or work any day because I love to work with my brothers.

Considered the ninth member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Masta Killa (b. Elgin Turner; aliases: High Chief, Noodles) recorded his first rhymes at the end of "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'" from the Clan's 1993 seminal debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). He had never seriously written rhymes, let alone rap before then. However, under the tutelage of the GZA, he developed a steadily paced flow that accentuated his intellectual lyrics -- although equally distinctive were his smooth voice and understated demeanor. Because Killa was incarcerated at the time, his closing verse on "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'" was his sole contribution to the album, but he always remained in the fold on the set of Wu-Tang solo records that ensued in the mid-'90s, including GZA's Liquid Swords, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, and Ghostface Killah's Ironman. There was no questioning his status in the Clan after the release of their 1997 album, Wu-Tang Forever, where Killa contributed to numerous tracks, particularly his standout lines on the lead single, "Triumph." Check out more of Masta Killa's music here.

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