TAG: The King Collection Featuring The RZA
Predicting what Robert "The RZAâ€ Diggs will wear on any given day is tougher than leather. With more alter egos than a T.I./Tyrese collaboration, the Wu-Tang Clan leader's closet options run the style gamut, from Bobby Digital's full-out orange-and-green tuxedos to RZA's basic concert T-shirts, complete with tour dates on the back.
Yet his latest role, a 1970s-era detective helping to track down Harlem druglord Frank Lucas (played by Denzel Washington) in American Gangster, has the rapper/producer/film composer in a throwback mood. Feeling like his father's echo in tight slacks, collar tees, blazers and an Afro-puff ablaze throughout the film, RZA felt so at home in the "funkyâ€ '70s looks that he'd go straight from daytime shooting to nightclubsâ€“still in full wardrobe.
Now out of character, RZA's style remains eclectic. "Yesterday, I had a shirt with ODB's picture on it, Eddie Bauer jeans and old Timberlands,â€ he says. "[Other days], you may see me with a whole $2,000 Asian suit on like a kung-fu master.â€ The mastermindÂ behind the highly influential Wu Wear clothing line, he's come a long way from W-clad hoodies and Clark Wallabees footwear. But there's one constant. "I may have a three-piece Prada suit on, but my shoes are Timberland, baby,â€ says RZA, who's spearheaded a Clan reunion on the group's forthcoming fifth disc, 8 Diagrams. "There's always one hood piece on me, no matter what.â€
For more details on the styles shown here from KING Magazine's Hollywood Issue, cop the November 2007 issue on newsstands now!