News: RZA Can't Protect His Checks, Singer Claims He Short-Changed Her
Sunday, Dec 16, 2012 10:50AM
Wu-Tang Clan's RZA is making weekend headlines as reports claim Dutch singer Thea Van Seijen wants the rap veteran's neck and more for not getting fully paid for past work.
According to reports, her various unpaid work dates all the way back to 2004.
Shame on a rapper ... who doesn't pay a hot Dutch singer for 14 tracks -- this according to the singer who's suing RZA from the Wu Tang Clan, claiming he stiffed her out of serious dough. TMZ obtained a lawsuit, filed by Dutch singer Thea Van Seijen ... who most famously provided the vocals on RZA's track "Baby Boy," which was featured in Jet Li's film "Unleashed." In her lawsuit, TVS says she SHOULD'VE been paid bank for her work on that song (and 13 others she co-wrote and performed on from 2004 to 2011) ... but instead got a fraction of what she's due. (TMZ)
Further details show the singer claimed she feared the repercussions of going after the music mogul.
TVS claims ... for years she was afraid to stand up to RZA and demand her cash because she feared he would blackball her from the music industry. After all, he is a pretty powerful dude. Now, TVS is asking the court to force RZA to fork over her share of the royalties for the 14 tracks ... which could mean big bucks. Sources close to RZA tell TMZ ... "Unfortunately this is a groundless lawsuit by someone RZA had helped get off the streets, lent a helping hand to, and now thinks he's an easy target to mark looking for money." (TMZ)
Outside of legal woes, RZA has kept busy in Hollywood with the recent release of his Man With The Iron Fists flick.
Universal's new kung fu pic The Man With the Iron Fists opened to $8.2 million from 1,868 theaters to come in No. 4. The pic, which cost just $15 million to produce, marks the directorial debut of RZA and earned a C+ CinemaScore. Quentin Tarantino presented. (Hollywood Reporter)
In light of the release, the Wu's Masta Killa hit up SOHH with his take on RZA's success.
"To tell you the truth, brother, I haven't even see the movie as of yet," MK told SOHH. "But just knowing my brother and this has been his vision since we watched kung fu movies on 42nd Street back in the days. So to see his vision finally come to the level of what he saw it? That's what's more fulfilling for me more than anything because he finally lived it out how he wanted to do it. ... I listened to the soundtrack. Oh I definitely listened to the music. I just didn't get a chance to see the movie yet. I listened to the soundtrack from top to bottom. I gots to do that." (SOHH)
Check out Thea's "Baby Boy"