By Quinn Donnell
Music has an ability to influence any setting. The lyrical and melodic facets of an album, or even just one song, can accentuate almost any environment’s mood, and nowhere is this more prevalent than in film.
Based on the The Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack, released Oct. 22, it is clear that the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA recognizes music’s impact on movies. Featuring original songs by Kanye West, Ghostface Killah, Talib Kweli, and a Black Keys/RZA collaboration reminiscent of 2009’s Blakroc, The Man With the Iron Fists soundtrack not only sets the tone for the film, but also acts an important piece in anyone’s record collection.
Although The Man With the Iron Fists is RZA’s directorial debut, the Wu-Tang member has had some experience scoring movies, having previously worked with Quentin Tarantino on the Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2 soundtracks.
In doing so, RZA was able to learn from the master of combining music and film. Who doesn’t remember John Travolta and Uma Thurman dancing to Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell” in Pulp Fiction? Or Michael Madsen cutting off a police officer’s ear while listening to “Stuck in the Middle with You” by Stealers Wheel in Reservoir Dogs?
Hopefully, RZA’s experience working with Tarantino will result in a few scenes as memorable as those, and the chances look good when today’s most exciting hip-hop artists make up the soundtrack for a kung-fu movie set in 19th century China.
The Man with the Iron Fists looks to be a promising film with an equally intriguing soundtrack, encouraging fans of both music and film to check out RZA’s latest endeavor.