RZA, real name Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, is an American rapper, actor, filmmaker and record producer, best known as a member of Wu-Tang Clan, having produced most of the group’s albums. He is cousin to GZA (also vegan) and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, two of Wu-Tang’s founding members. He has also released solo albums as Bobby Digital and was part of the Gravediggaz, going by The RZArector.
RZA gave up red meat in 1995 and by 1997 he’d gone vegetarian.1Pointing, C. 2021. RZA Just Told Joe Rogan What It Means to Be a ‘True Vegan’. LiveKindly. Available: https://www.livekindly.co/rza-joe-rogan-true-vegan/ [Accessed 24 March 2021]. In 2014 he stated that he was vegan for a Peta ad campaign.2Peta UK. 2014. Wu-Tang’s Rza: A Vegan Tomorrow Is ‘A Better Tomorrow’. Available: https://www.peta.org.uk/media/news-releases/wu-tangs-rza-a-vegan-tomorrow-is-a-better-tomorrow/ [Accessed 24 March 2021].
“No animal needs to die for me to live”1Pointing, C. 2021. RZA Just Told Joe Rogan What It Means to Be a ‘True Vegan’. LiveKindly. Available: https://www.livekindly.co/rza-joe-rogan-true-vegan/ [Accessed 24 March 2021].
“I don’t need a dead animal or dead piece of flesh to go into my live body… I had animals as friends …. They was happy to see me in their own animal way. I’m quite sure they did not want to be on my plate.”3Bell, P. 2014. Wu Tang’s RZA Wants To Get Real About Why He’s A Vegan. HuffPost. Available: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/12/01/wu-tang-rza-vegan-peta-_n_6247396.html [Accessed 24 March 2021].