Wu-Tang Clan’s A Better Tomorro was one of the year’s better albums. The project’s brainchild, RZA, recently sat down with Vanity Fair and had some interesting statements to say about police, his son, and black people in America. Check out his quotes below.
“He’s the nicest guy. He goes to church every Sunday. He gets up every day to help, that’s what he does. But he has dreads, and he’s six foot four. And he has a deep voice. So I told him, ‘Look, you may be a mistaken identity.’ I told him, ‘Wear button-up shirts. Keep yourself looking clean and refined, so you can have a prestigious look about you. Because if you come in with baggy clothes and the heavy jacket, and stuff like that, you’re going to look like you have some weed to sell.’
“I was watching the news with my wife, and my she’s tearing up. And then a commercial comes on, with the saddest music you could hear, and then they start showing faces of dogs, saying we have to do something to help these dogs. That fucked me up. Help these dogs? I’m a vegetarian. My favorite part in Mockingjay is when [Jennifer Lawrence’s character] looked into the animal’s eye and didn’t shoot the arrow. But they should have put a commercial on with young black kids. That’s what we need—not one over in Africa, one right here, that’s being locked up or beaten up. I was thinking, ‘Man, what timing, for a commercial like this.’ A dog can get more compassion than a human being.”
RZA thinks Americans care more about dogs than black people. Do you agree?