It's not simply the certifiable classics under his belt, his position as de facto leader of one of the most respected rap groups of all time, nor his bombastic and funk-fueled stage performances that set the RZA apart from other top hip-hop producers. His innate ability to create fully realized sonic worlds with raw, crackled samples and kung-fu percussion has built not just a legacy but a mythology surrounding his work. With his debut film, The Man With the Iron Fists, just around the corner, Wu-Tang Clan's definitive renaissance man is coming to the Cabooze to show off his many musical talents, likely rapping under the guise of Bobby Digital as well as bringing some of the old favorites to life. Local opener Carnage is a beast in his own right, with a top-notch beatboxing ability and explosive rap ferocity that ought to make the night one for the books. 18+.
Fri., Aug. 10, 9 p.m., 2012