Wu-Tang Clan: Kung-Fu Flicks that Inspired their Names

Wu-Tang Clan: Kung-Fu Flicks that Inspired their Names

RZA aka The Abbot

RZA, the Abbot x Shaolin Abbot, AKA A Slice of Death (1979)

In an old interview, when asked about the meaning of the letters RZA, the Abbot of Wu-Tang replied “RULER ZIG-ZAG-ZIG ALLAH”. This is based upon the terminology of the Supreme Alphabet. Wu-Tang fanatics have known for a long time that RZA is short for RAZOR, which was his old graffiti name. Further proof of this association can be found in the name of his record label Razor Sharp Records. In 1979, Shaw Brothers released a movie titled The Abbot of Shaolin (少林英雄榜) starring David Chiang (姜大衛) as the Monk Chi San. In the United States, this same movie was released under a variant title A Slice of Death. Thus, RZA/Razor is a reference to the US title of the movie, A Slice of Death, while The Abbot is simply taken from its original title.

“I be tossing and flossing my style is awesome
I’m causing more Family Feuds than Richard Dawson
And the survey said, you’re dead
Fatal Flying Guillotine chops off your fucking head”

Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta Fuck Wit, RZA

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