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The RZA Presents: Afro Samurai (The Soundtrack)

Talib Kweli, Big Daddy Kane, Q-Tip and GZA are among the list of hip-hop artists featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming animated miniseries, "Afro Samurai," which premieres on Spike TV next year.

As SOHH previously reported, Samuel L. Jackson lends his voice to the lead animated character, Afro, a black samurai searching for the gunman who killed his father. The series is based on a Talashi Okazaki novel of the same name.

The soundtrack, which is overseen by Wu Tang Clan's RZA, will also feature cuts from the extended Wu family. RZA also produced an original score for the show which will also be included in the soundtrack.

"As a fan of martial art and old Japanese Samurai movies, I have always wanted to be a part of such creativity and to have my own sp!ce added is even better," said RZA via a statement. "Many hip-hop artists and musicians from the late '80s to now have been inspired by this form of entertainment, and today's animators have been stimulated by hip-hop. But, usually these two forms of expression never meet in the same realm of artistry.

"'Afro Samurai' offers me the opportunity to mix the innovational world of hip-hop with the visual imagination of Japanese animation," he added. "The vibe of 'Afro Samurai' is so soulful and cool, that when I was asked to compose the series my creative juices immediately reacted. I felt it was something meant for me to do; in many ways Afro and myself share the same spirit."

"Afro Samurai" will premiere on Spike TV on January 4, while the soundtrack, which is on Koch Records, will hit shelves on January 16.

The RZA Presents: Afro Samurai (The Soundtrack)

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