RZA chilled with Literary Director Barbara Lane of San Fransisco’s public libray on Monday August 8th. Link

“So it came to pass that, on Monday, the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA sat on a stage in the San Francisco Public Library’s Koret Auditorium, surrounded by corporate-beige walls and a sold-out crowd of multi-culti hip-hop heads, curious Commonwealth regulars and members of Friends of the Library. The crowd rose en masse when RZA arrived in a Wu-Tang-designed ensemble and took his seat opposite Commonwealth Club Literary Director Barbara Lane. A pair of security guards posted themselves at the side of the stage, because, you know. Hip-hop. The kids.

For nearly two hours, RZA and Lane traipsed through his past. Born Robert F. Diggs, he grew up in the New York projects and Staten Island. After skipping school to watch kung fu movies in Times Square, he opted to become a musical monk, first as proto-bling-blinger Prince Rakeem then as Abbot extraordinaire of the Wu-Tang Clan, founded with his cousins GZA and Ol’ Dirty Bastard and a crew of friends. “