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Rihanna and ASAP Rocky's Baby: The Wu-Tang Connection Behind the Name 'RZA'

Rihanna and ASAP Rocky's baby boy recently turned one, and it was revealed that his full name is RZA Athelston Mayers. The name was leaked through the baby's birth certificate, which was obtained by the Daily Mail and People. ASAP Rocky confirmed the name in an Instagram post on the baby's birthday, referring to him as "RZA" and captioning the post with a reference to Wu-Tang Clan.

Prior to the name reveal, fans had speculated on different names, with some suggesting "Noah" as a possibility. ASAP Rocky had previously mentioned in interviews that he considered naming his future son Pharrell or Kanye. However, Rihanna had been seen wearing Wu-Tang Clan memorabilia in pictures with RZA, which may have hinted at the origins of their baby's name. In early April, she was photographed with Rocky and RZA wearing a black and white Wu-Tang jersey.

The name "RZA" has significant ties to hip-hop history. It is the stage name of one of the founding members of Wu-Tang Clan, whose birth name is Robert Fitzgerald Diggs.

The nickname "RZA" came from his fans, but it also connects to the Supreme Alphabet, a system associated with the Five Percenters, which assigns meaning to individual letters. Using the Supreme Alphabet, "RZA" translates to "Ruler, Knowledge-Wisdom-Understanding, Allah." It's worth noting that neither ASAP Rocky nor Rihanna have publicly expressed any affiliation with the Five Percent nation.

Interestingly, ASAP Rocky shares the same middle and last name as RZA. His full name is Rakim Athelston Mayers. The rapper has a history of being influenced by hip-hop-related names, as he and his sister Erika B. Mayers were named after the legendary rap duo Eric B. & Rakim, as Rocky explained in an interview. He expressed his admiration for Rakim and the impact his music had on him.

Considering these connections, it seems inevitable that baby RZA will have the opportunity to meet the legendary RZA in the future, creating a significant moment in their family's hip-hop journey.

Source: Complex



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