Bob Digital loyalists heard Rza speak years ago in countless magazine interviews and such about his company Wu-Electronics, and how it had created a device called The Replicator, which would change music. Back in the 90s there really wasn’t much information out there for hip-hop producers who weren’t really in the mix like that, so if you were just reading about it, all you could do was speculate about what it was or what it did. At some point Rza indicated that he’d used The Replicator to make the scratch-laden beat for “Stroke of Death,” on Ghostface’s Supreme Clientele album. But who really knew what that meant?

As Rza tells it, in the late 90s he “followed a rainbow” (God knows how much digi Bobby Steeles smoked that day) to a guy’s house in Switzerland, where he saw this vinyl-emulation technology, and after some fine-tuning, he decided to invest in it. Wu-Electronics would bring The Replicator to the AES trade show, and subsequently have his idea jacked and turned into Final Scratch amidst a boatload of lawsuits and whatnot. Sound a little far fetched? Rza’s always had a thing for embellishment. You be the judge:

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  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    This is the most hilarious thing I’ve seen in my life.

    Kids, stay off drugs!

    • doh

      He should hit up the word “invent” in the dictionary. Just because I buy a banana off someone and it becomes mine, doesn’t mean I invented the banana.

  • http://xxlmag.com King B

    RZA smoke to much.

  • gooch

    the depth in which he spoke about it i believe he really did that and plus its well documented in plenty mags when he spoke about the replicator way before final scratch and all that came out pay bobby digital for his invention

  • N.O. 4 life

    it sound real cuz he keep going and its detailed…BUT NASA????

  • http://www.myspace.com/sadsmilez1 INDOE

    Rza speaks truth . You people just mad cuz’ your mind don’t work like that .

    • Blamuelo

      Word is bond INDOE. They jello.

  • http://1290wmcs.com “The Party Killa”

    If he get niggas to co-sign he good to go. I believe him though!

  • http://yahoo CaesarDuke

    Drugs will fuck yo ass up forreal forreal

  • KQ

    hahaha bullshit!

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  • Una Stubbs


    That’s brilliant – someone needs to ask Tech or Marley about Rza’s Replicator.

  • jb

    He was talking about it back then, so I think he may be telling the truth.


    What if this shit is true? Just another story of a black man getting jerked. Then again RZA is coming up the acting game, just watch American Gangster. I smell an oscar in the future.

  • cereal killa

    If he’s so passionate about it, why doesn’t he just show us one of the 50 Replicators.

  • nappy_pappy

    yo i believe that shit u can just tell he describes things that only one would know if they were there… RZA a smart dude and he paid i mean come on following rainbows to switzerland? have a house in france? investing 2 million into an electronic that aint even known?? you gotta have paper to do all that!! fuckin robbed him like he said, on some white boy shit

  • Boy Vito!

    is RZA even in American Gangster?!..ima have to look this up

    • ace

      yea he is i seen it. hes a cop and he does a good ass job to

  • Boy Vito!

    DANG HE IS!…this movie is gonna be to dope :p

  • mega_ tron_201

    hmmmm i n t e r e s t i ng…
    maybe B.O.B.B.Y D.I.G.I.T.A.L. was talking to fast and they misunderstood everythin he was sayin o.0
    ever hear him talk man? he talks like Tongue Twista be rappin LOL!!
    IDK…..could be true, could not, none of us seen the papers and proof……….so right now I say we take his word for it, it would be a real dumb thing to lie about .. imo.

  • Buddah

    I remember RZA talking this shit up in 99-00…good to finally hear why it never came out

  • the one

    You niggas hatin on RZA are nondescript. That nigga smarter than the average. Step your knowledge game up. You can tell he spaeakin truth when he mentions pioneers In the game. Who’d cosign some other legends cosignature and be lyin’? Dumb asses I swear.

  • noname

    i work in foreign patents and definitely believe RZA on this. he has a pretty good understanding of the patent process (which is pretty useless unless you’re trying to patent something). stories like his happen all the time. he’s right -if you’re gonna go to war on patent infringement – you need that 10 mil.

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    read ma name.
    ha, thats just sad, homeboy talkin bout knowledge when he contradicting himself.

  • iLL

    Why would this be so hard to believe. Rza isnt just a beat maker, for you youngins that dont know. He deals with cutting edge technology all the time. For you DAW people out there, you should be able to relate to what he’s saying about latency, real time processing, etc etc.

  • Anonymous

    Rza is tellin the truth on this. I don’t understand why anyone wouldn’t believe him. Does he have to be some whiteboy geek for you to believe him? GTFOH!

  • Wu Clanman

    RZA the greatest mind in hip hop ever. He speaking the real right here.

  • Kaiser

    I believe in the rza

  • triplesixninja

    the worlds greatest mind bob digital might throw a shaoling hand block!

  • beatroot

    hmm, i think its genuine for the most part, you can see the sincerity in his eyes! A Wu-Scratch hub with their logo on it would have been pretty dope!

  • Incilin

    Maybe it’s because I don’t know shit about Serato or Final Scratch besides what some LA DJ once explained to me, and maybe it’s because I love Wu Tang and respect RZA so much, but I believe his story. Mainly because he has all types of details in the story which make it seem authentic.

  • gerald n. the birdman

    Sounds like some Swiss guy invented it. Rza just got burned on the investment.


    “They got on some real white-boy shit.” LMAO…

  • Deek

    Most people won’t beblieve until they get ripped off. In a society where money speaks louder than words, the richest man never lies. The less wealthy has to have a good trick up his sleeve. In Rapper’s delight Grand Master Caz got his whole verse ripped by an ass who could not even think creatively enough to take Caz’s name out of the verse. And how ,many geeks run around bigging up rapper delight like it’s not a nock off? Don’t be afraid to invest together. With collective money there is more power.

  • Timmhotep

    Great fuckin post!!! I dunno if he’s a madman, a genius, a liar or what?! This is nuts.

  • The Nicker

    Cosign the Birdman. Go find that motherfucker at the end of the rainbow in Switzerland and give his ass the patent.

  • INS

    ‘white boy shit’? he phrased that wrong..

  • http://myspace.com/djkarlo Kool Karlo

    The Atari Falcon is real and later versions were used primarily for audio. I wonder if that “white boy” was Richie Hawtin? He played some role in developing Final scratch. I believe RZA. Stranger things have happened and even though this story is somewhat outlandish the facts add up.

  • ty from linden blvd

    i remember rza talking about this shit in a interview a few years a long time ago

    put i couldn’t get the gist of what he was talking about



    dat nigga sound like he tellin da truth 2 me!! or dat nigga smokin 2 much of dat ooooo weeee!!!

  • Lex1_inda954

    any budday.. linkage to backup this Rza telling?
    Could not find anything on googlez.. just repost of the same vid.

    I think allota people were interested in dooing this thing in the 90s. I have some papers from 98 outlining an idea to use 2 optical mice to control audio from turntables.


    Still got deep respect for The Wu Tang / Rza.

  • yeah right…..!

    ehehehe you re funny man get a job !

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  • jah-ree

    that’s funny, i invented wu-tang. rza is the truth, tho.

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  • Foxhound

    This man is speaking the truth. i am from the town in Switzerland RZA is talking about. It’s called Biel/Bienne. Wu Tang started a holding here wich has been closed in sept’02. I have a fact sheet somewhere about the raplicator at Home which i will scan one day and post it in the internet. I guess that would answer some questions.

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