RZA Returns With Bruce Lee Inspired Single "Be Like Water"
Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, better known by his stage name RZA, is an American rapper, record producer, musician, actor, filmmaker and author. A prominent figure in hip hop, the Wu-Tang Clan's leader and beatmaker has dropped a new single dedicated to the memory of martial arts legend, Bruce Lee.
“Be Like Water” is a new song by RZA, inspired by the latest ESPN Films 30 for 30 documentary “Be Water,” about the life of martial artist and global icon Bruce Lee. The song, written and performed by RZA, and music video are tributes to Lee, who has been an influence on RZA’s career, both in music and filmmaking, beginning with the album “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)."
“Bruce Lee’s teachings extended beyond physical martial arts. He was full of philosophy and mindfulness,” RZA shared about the song. “His quote ‘Be Water my friend’ is profound and multi-tiered in definition. 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.”
The title of both the song and the documentary is inspired by one of the renowned martial artist’s most famous quotes: “Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
Bruce Lee 30 for 30: “Be Water” was premieres on Sunday, June 7th at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Listen "Be like Water" by RZA below and "Be Water" is currently available to stream on ESPN.