The connection between Wu-Tang Clan and the Martial Arts is a long and varied one. Now, RZA, has shared a song directly inspired by the almighty legend of Kung-fu, the late, great Bruce Lee. The song is called ‘Be Like Water’ and you can listen to it below.
The song was created for ESPN’s forthcoming documentary 30 for 30 which is set to take a look at the life and times of the martial arts expert and acclaimed actor.
“Bruce Lee’s teachings extended beyond physical martial arts. He was full of philosophy and mindfulness,” RZA said of Lee’s affect in a statement.
“His quote ‘Be Water my friend’ is profound and multi-tiered in definition,” on of the founding members of Wu-Tang Clan said, “It inspires the idea that in adapting to life situations, sometimes we have to flow smoothly as a stream, while other times we have to crash like a Tsunami.”
It’s an attitude that RZA has taken directly into his lyrics, spitting, “Be like water/ Water crosses over every border/ From the mud of the Yangtze River to the sand beaches of Florida.” As well as praising Lee’s work in Hollywood, “Bruce comes on to the screen, he ignites it/ His very presence on screen is a protest.”
In 2018, RZA live-scored Lee’s 1973 film The 36th Chamber of Shaolin saying at the time, “Beyond the kung-fu, it was the reality of the situation that hit me. Growing up as a black kid in America, I didn’t know that that kind of story had existed anywhere else.”
Listen to RZA’s ‘Be Like Water’ below: