Mother’s Day differentiates itself from other secular holidays aimed at consumer spending. Mainly for the simple fact it allows mankind to cherish one of the few things we all have in common; our mothers.
The RZA has exemplified the meaning of family by being the nucleus of the Wu-Tang Clan since its grand inception in 1993. An invaluable trait undoubtedly instilled in him by own mother. While out promoting his new movie, Brick Mansions, RZA reflected with Hip-Hop Wired about the last time he spoke his mother, who according to his book The Tao of Wu, died of a stroke caused by high blood pressure in 2000.
“My mom’s passed away me on at an early phase and the worst thing for me, I was headed over to see her,” he tells Hip-Hop Wired. And as I was getting dressed, I got a distraction here and there and me and Ghostface [Killah] had the photo shoot for The Source that day.”
Ghostface’s sophomore album, Supreme Clientele was a pivotal moment in restoring the Wu-Tang’s relevance in the dawn of the new millennium. RZA’s oversight on the project was crucial as well as his efforts in helping to promote it. Of course, if he had the gift of shaman foreshadowing, he would have made other arrangements to reschedule.
“And I talked to her; ‘I’m going to stop by to see you before I stop by the city, Ma’,” he continued with the recollection. “And her house was on the way to the city but you just gotta make that turn. And we’re just driving and going and we running late and running late and guess what? N***a, we don’t make the turn. Why?”
It’s a true-to-life cautionary tale not to take any loved one for granted no matter your current standing with them. RZA is currently happily married with his second wife and can be seen starring alongside the late Paul Walker in Brick Mansions, here.
Hit the flip to see the legendary Source magazine cover which has since held a particular significance to the Wu-Tang patriarch.
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