At Alphanista™, we like to look at all alphas in every field, who leave a mark, because there’s at least one alpha in everything–for the Alphanista™ Hall of Fame.
Now, I am no rap historian, but I have been in love with this man since reading that Vibe (or Source) interview he did back in the 1990s about how he brought Wu Tang together. That was when I knew the difference between being smart and being intelligent. Here is a brother who happened to take all these rowdy dudes from Staten Island (he was born in Brooklyn, tho) and make them stars. Authentic. Stars. Not any man can bring other men together like that for one focused mission based on all the Wu principles. I mean, really. Of course, there was dissent sometimes in the group, but they made it pop anyway. His bio on Wikipedia is bananas, endless accomplishments. Here is a part:
According to The Wu-Tang Manual, at the group’s inception, RZA started what he called the “5 Year Plan” in which he asked the other 8 members of the Clan for 5 years of life, hard work and good lyrics. He promised the members that if he had total control of the Wu-Tang empire, he would “take them to the top”, and conquer the hip-hop world within a dynastic cycle. Afterwards, then he would relinquish his total control. He described this five year period “as a dictatorship”. RZA’s five year “dictatorship” was completed after the successful release of Wu-Tang Forever.
I nominate him for induction into the Alphanista Hall of Fame, yay or nay?