News: RZA Pens Open Letter On Paul Walker's Death, Pays His Respects [Audio]
Monday, Dec 2, 2013 10:16AM
Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA is the latest hip-hop artist to pay homage to the memory of The Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker in light of his fatal weekend car wreck.
RZA issued a statement on Walker's passing and released a tribute track called "Destiny Bends" Monday (December 2).
"This song, entitled "Destiny Bends" was written last night after hearing the tragic news of the loss of a good man named Paul Walker. I met Paul on the set of the film Brick Mansion, where we talked, laughed, and exchanged ideas of life and fatherhood. I only knew him personally for less than a year, but we knew each other through our work and art. We saw in each other a kindred spirit of men coming from unlikely circumstances, and rising to be the light and beacon of our family and loved ones. Men who learned the joy and pains of love in life, and success, while coming to realize that nothing is more important than family, friendship, and the brotherhood of humanity." (Statement)
Bobby Digital also revealed there were plans for them to work together in the future.
"Millions of people get to know an artist or movie star through their work, but few are allowed to cross each others' paths and see through the veil of stardom and find the common denominator that we share. As all physical things will decay and wither away, film, art, and music remain longer than the vessel that delivered them. In this vein, the one thing we can't take away or give back is time. So, thus, time is the most precious gift. I dedicated my time to compose this song with my two sons and new friend Will Wells, who was kind enough to sing and perform it for me. We dedicate it to Paul Walker. A good man. We had plans to continue working with each other in the future. It seemed destined, but "destiny bends". *Note* This song is not for criticism, it's just a sketch demo. Please enjoy and reflect. Your comrade in the struggle, RZA Regards" (Statement)
RZA's tribute-based release features vocals from singer Will Wells.
RZA has released a new song called "Destiny Bends." It was written in tribute to the late Paul Walker, whom RZA met on set during the filming of Brick Mansions, which is supposed to be coming out February 2014. The Abbott starts the song off with a spoken intro, and then gives way to vocalist Will Wells. Wells appears to be singing lyrics that were written by RZA, which touch on the experiences the two had together while on set. (Complex)
Details of the horrific weekend car wreck scattered across the Internet on Sunday.
Actor Paul Walker, who gained fame as an undercover detective in the hugely successful "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, was killed Saturday in a car accident in Valencia, his representatives confirmed. The single vehicle crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop. Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station and the Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived to find a vehicle engulfed in flames. Two people in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. (Los Angeles Times)
Check out "Destiny Bends":