The Black Keys & RZA first linked up for 2 tracks on their wildly successful Dame Dash-helmed Blues Rock/Rap fusion album, BlakRoc (2009). It seems like RZA might've called in a few favors when assembling the soundtrack to his upcoming film debut, Man with The Iron Fists: Kanye, Flatbush Zombies, Raekwon, Freddie Gibbs, Corrine Bailey Rae, Ghostface Killah, Talib Kweli, and Pharoahe Monch. Following a steady stream of leaks, the opening track from it's soundtrack album, which is out nation-wide Oct. 23rd, "The Baddest Man Alive" was unveiled Thurs. afternoon. Seemingly co-produced by both Dan Auerbach & RZA himself, "Baddest Man" is a Blues-leaning romp, accented by boastful Hip-Hop bravado. FuseTV premiered the track and quite aptly described it as sounding a lot like "an Ennio Morricone track produced by B.B. King."
While he's been pretty heavily influenced by Kung-Fu [Shaolin] since the Wu-Tang Clan days, The Man with The Iron Fists surprisingly marks RZA's debut behind the camera. The film's set to star Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, and RZA himself as the title role, amongst other skilled actors; Esteemed film-maker friends Quentin Tarantino & Eli Roth are also attached to the movie, which is coming to a theatre near you on Nov. 2nd... RZA has already signed on to direct his second feature film, Happy! It's based off a recent Grant Morrison/Darick Robertson (Image) comic book, which is centered around a corrupt former cop named Nick Sax and an imaginary winged blue horse. Quentin Tarantino's next movie, Django Unchained is a Jamie Foxx-starring "Southern Spaghetti Western" that's set to hit theatres on Christmas Day 2012.
"[Man with The Iron Fists] tells the epic story of warriors, assassins, and alone outsider hero in 19th-century China who must unite to destroy the clan traitor who would destroy them all. Since his arrival in China's Jungle Village, the town's blacksmith (RZA) has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction. When the clans' brewing war boils over, the stranger channels an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon. As he fights alongside iconic heroes and against soul-less villains, one man must harness this power to become savior of his adopted people."
- IronFists.com (Story)