The RZA Expands Wu-Tang Clan’s Investments And Business Ventures

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Written by Ann Brown

Wu-Tang Clan’s frontman the RZA has been super busy lately. He and the iconic hip-hop crew have been celebrating the Wu-Tang Clan‘s 25th anniversary of “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” with an exclusive merch release. The LP was released Nov. 9, 1993. Their homebase of Staten Island, NY, just officially proclaimed that Nov. 9 will henceforth be known as Wu-Tang Clan Day. They have a 10-episode series coming out on Hulu. Earlier this month, they announced a new lipstick line created by RZA and his wife, Wu-Tang x Milk Makeup. Now Rza has announced he is partnering with the Alamo Drafthouse to open a kung fu-themed bar called The Flying Guillotine.

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The Flying Guillotine will be housed in the theater’s forthcoming branch in Staten Island. The movie theater/bar offers a unique cinema experience, and menu items for The Flying Guillotine will include food, cocktails and beers crafted in collaboration with the RZA, who will work with Alamo Drafthouse beverage director Bill Norris on an extensive menu of themed cocktails, spirits, and collaboration beers.

“The location will also include merch, archival memorabilia and posters covering the history of the film genre, and host events like kung fu movie trivia nights. It will also include a video store offering free rentals and a collection of martial arts films curated by RZA himself. Watch him give us a 360-degree tour of the bar opening in late 2019,” HypeBeast reported.

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Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, aka Rza, left, and Clifford Smith, aka Method Man, of Wu-Tang Clan perform at the second weekend of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Sunday, April 21, 2013 in Indio, Calif. . (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

“It’s an extreme pleasure to be partnering with Alamo Drafthouse on their Staten Island location,” said RZA in a statement on the Alamo Drafthouse website. “When I first visited Alamo Drafthouse in 2004, I was blown away by the food, drink, and service that accompanied a slew of cool, genre and time-crossing films. The kung fu film selection was my favorite, and the opportunity to see these classics once again on a large screen returned me back to my youth.”

“Like Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn’s House of Wax, The Flying Guillotine is both a bar and a museum,” says Tim League, founder and CEO of Alamo Drafthouse. “Kung fu movies elevated the action genre in terms of choreography, production design, and story-telling. Without this influence, there is no MATRIX and there is no MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE as we know them today. We love this legacy and want to celebrate and share its rich history.”

“A flying guillotine is a weapon that RZA name-checked in the opening verse of ‘Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta Fuck Wit,’” Uproxx reported.

The bar is slated to open 2019.