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Cilvaringz is one of the few Hiphop artists from Europe who managed to
turn his dream into reality. Hiphop music first came to his attention
at the age of 13. In 1993, a player on his basketball team played him a
tape of the Wu-Tang Clan and Cilvaringz fell in love with the music.
In 1995 the Clan hit the peak of their success and was showing itself
to be continually growing. And while still studying the art of Hiphop,
Cilvaringz became more and more ambitious and planned to join these rap
icons and expand their 2nd generation (often referred to as Wu-Tang
Killa Beez) internationally.
To prove his ambition, motivation and talent, Cilvaringz jumped on
stage during a Wu-Tang Clan concert on the May 26th, 1997 in Amsterdam
and performed a 2 minute freestyle. Wu-Tang's leader and producer RZA,
who was standing by the DJ table, took notice of the positive responses
from Method Man and Ol' Dirty Bastard and invited him to the backstage
area to 'talk about something important'.
Cilvaringz awaited patiently on stage, but as the concert came to an
end, a group of concertgoers became violent and security was forced to
clear the venue. Cilvaringz, who was close to reaching his goal, lost
touch with RZA but went back home more determined and confident about
his potential and dream to join the Wu-Tang family.
In December '97, Cilvaringz went on his first trip to New York
determined to find RZA. RZA however, had moved most of Wu-Tang's
business to Los Angeles and was out of town. Still motivated and not
want to give up, he kept flying back and forth to New York between 1997
During his many brief visits to the Clan's office, nail studio and the
Wu-Wear clothing store, Cilvaringz met a few people close to RZA and
ultimately managed to hand his demo to RZA's mother Linda Hamlin (RIP)
and sister Sophia Diggs.
In 1999, after numerous letters and CDs, Cilvaringz, now on his fifth
trip to New York, decided to camp in front of the Razor Sharp Records
office during office hours and wait until RZA or any of his close
associates came by.
Cilvaringz relates: "I knew he was in town from talking to Clan
associates whom I met during my previous visits to New York. It was
only a matter of time before RZA would stop by the office, so the best
thing was really to just wait. I didn't trust anyone with my demo but
A day passed and office hours were over. It was then that Sophia Diggs,
RZA's sister who ran the Wu-Nail studio in Staten Island, came by to
pick up a package from the office and recognized Cilvaringz from his
previous visit to her studio. Sophia took Cilvaringz to the office and
called RZA to inform him of 'this young kid who flew all the way from
Europe to see him'. The office was still full of people waiting for RZA
and as he patiently waited on the couch, Sophia played his demo loud
enough for everyone to hear.
"People started asking each other who this artist was and it gave me a
confident feeling'" says Cilvaringz. Minutes later RZA entered the
office while the demo was still playing loud through the speakers.
"RZA bounced his head, listened to about half of the song and looked
around the waiting room as if he was looking for the artist. Sophia
pointed me out, he invited me to his office and said he remembered me
from Amsterdam and had actually read all my letters. Then he said I
proved my continuous motivation and determination by flying all the way
from Europe to see him. My life changed in those 5 minutes."
THE PRESENT & FUTURE
Now six years later, Cilvaringz has appeared on RZA's last two solo
albums, the Wu-Tang Killa Beez compilation The Sting, produced the
leading single for Ghostface's debut Def Jam album, performed live in
37 countries worldwide and finalized the recording of his own debut
The album, heavily influenced by the nostalgic Wu sound of the
1995-1997 era, features remarkable appearances by Wu-Tang superstars
Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Masta Killa and RZA himself.
Production, often so crucial for the success of any Wu-Tang album, was
placed entirely in the hands of the RZA, 4th Disciple, True Master and
"I know how Wu-Tang fans think, they're like crack addicts. They want
that crack over and over and over. If a dealer offers them something
new, they leave it for what it is and move on to the next crack dealer.
Wu-Tang fans are the same, they want that classic Wu-Tang sound.
They'll allow you to jump in and out of different chambers, but once
you leave the temple itself, you lose them. I know that for a fact...
I'm one of them."
Cilvaringz' highly anticipated debut album is scheduled for release in
early 2006. The album will include an enhanced CD Rom as well as a DVD
of the spectacular RZA / Cilvaringz World tour.