“I Don’t Like To Compete Against My Own Crew, Meaning, Hip-Hop”

“I Don’t Like To Compete Against My Own Crew, Meaning, Hip-Hop”

As more hip-hop artists venture into the audio electronics game as seen with 50 Cent and Ludacris, Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA recently defended the launch of his own headphone line.

While paying respect to his fellow hip-hop entrepreneurs, the Wu leader explained why consumers should not fret over his new Chambers by RZA line.

“I don’t like to compete against my own crew, meaning, hip-hop,” RZA told Billboard.com in an interview at Hollywood’s Trousdale club last week as he prepared for the line’s launch party. “Hip-hop to me is a family. But you do want to sell the most records, have the biggest song and win the Grammy.” That said, he was quick to set his line apart from the efforts of MCs. “With much respect to the other guys, [Dr.] Dre is a producer and I’m a producer,” he said. “If anyone is into sound and dealing with sound, it’s more the producer than a rapper. We get more technical.” (Billboard)

Available this month, RZA’s new headphones come in two different styles.

RZA’s “Chambers by RZA,” are available in two different models, Premium and Street styles. The $270 premium style headphones include features such as Active Noise Cancellation, an LED Equalizer and music sharing functions while the street style headphones, which retail for $170, includes music sharing functions, adjustable headband and molded ear cushions. (Global Grind)

The Wu member’s latest venture directly competes with other popular lines including Dr. Dre’s Beats By Dre, 50 Cent’s SMS By 50 and Ludacris’ new SOUL headphones.

The other rappers probably spend a lot of time making fun of you when you don’t have your own line of headphones. The Wu Tang’s RZA can thankfully breathe a sigh of relief as he becomes a member of the not so inclusive club that already contains the likes of Dr. Dre, Ludacris, and 50 Cent. The Gravedigga sometimes known as Bobby Digital is teaming up with WESC to bring the world Chambers, a line of over-ear headphones with flashing LEDs that light up in time with your music. (Engadget)

Outside of business talk, RZA recently offered some advice for father-to-be Jay-Z, who is expecting a newborn daughter as early as this month.

“What can I say? It’s hard to tell somebody about their own. A father is not only He Who Fat Her; no, but it’s somebody who also furthers. Further the education of others. And if you could do that for your seed, then you doing what you do. You doing the right thing. We grew up without fathers. I’m quite sure he had the same situation as me: father absent. So we turned to the streets, music, and other things for a father,” RZA explained. “You get married, and the preacher says, “What God has joined, let no man put asunder.” That’s impossible. “Asunder” means separate. Our divorce rate is big in our country. The true marriage is the sperm and the egg. Because when those two things combine and form a life, you can’t separate. You can’t separate your father and your mother out of you. Nor will your children be able to. It’s eternally enjoined.” (XXL Mag)

Check out RZA’s headphones below: