On March 4, 2022, RZA and DJ Scratch will release their collaborative project “Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater.” The CD is a love letter to kung fu movies that ran on local television channels when there were only five options. For a generation of young people, the films were a source of fantasy and creativity, as well as wonderfully brutal lessons in good vs evil. RZA was able to focus on his first love, rapping, because DJ Scratch produced the album in its entirety, which is a novel concept considering RZA’s major production presence on most of the projects he’s worked on. Despite never having collaborated in an official capacity, RZA and Scratch are both New York rap pioneers who have long respected each other’s work; in fact, Scratch released an instrumental album titled “If The Wu Was Here” that was inspired by RZA’s production. RZA spars with Bobby Digital, his more aggressive alter ego, over vintage 90s boom bap music laced with kung fu movie samples, trading verbal blows. The album was formed during RZA’s quarantine months, and the ultimate result is a dramatic sonic voyage in which he fluctuates between identities and emotions, expressing the human mind’s bipolar tendencies. The album will be released on March 4. Check out the album artwork below.

Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater, Pt. 1 - Single by RZA, DJ Scratch |  Spotify