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RZA Wrote a New Score for ‘The 36th Chamber of Shaolin’

RZA gave the score to his favorite movie a hip-hop overhaul.

By Hayden Wright

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin may seem like a (relatively) obscure 1978 martial arts movie, but it holds a special place in the heart of Wu-Tang Clan fans, their iconic Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) named after the film. Wu-Tang leader RZA has announced that he will re-score the movie from start to finish and perform the score live at screenings in Austin and Los Angeles.

Related: RZA Says Wu-Tang Clan Offered $5 Million for Only Copy of ‘The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’

“Beyond the kung-fu, it was the reality of the situation that hit me,” RZA said of the film. “Growing up as a black kid in America, I didn’t know that that kind of story had existed anywhere else.”

The score will repurpose some Wu-Tang classics and give the Chinese classic a hip-hop edge. Complex reports that the album will have 40 instrumental tracks, beats, and vocals. Watch a trailer for the project here:


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