Hipgnosis Songs has acquired a 50% stake in the copyright and writers share of iconic Wu-Tang Clan leader, producer and MC RZA, the company announced today (Aug. 24). The worldwide deal encompasses 814 songs, including almost the entire Wu-Tang Clan catalog, which RZA largely produced, as well as songs by Kanye West, The Notorious B.I.G., The Game, Earl Sweatshirt and more.
RZA is considered the lead of the Wu-Tang Clan, the nine-member hip-hop collective that exploded out of Staten Island in the early 1990s and would go on to redefine the rap world, not just artistically but in a business sense, too, with RZA playing a role in securing the rights for each member to sign solo recording deals in addition to the group's record deal. RZA provided the soundscape for each of the Clan's albums, beginning with 1993's Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), as well as solo albums for members Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Ol' Dirty Bastard and GZA, among others, as well as his own solo albums and film soundtracks. He's widely considered among the greatest hip-hop producers of all time.