“Bruce Lee’s teachings extended beyond physical martial arts. He was full of philosophy and mindfulness,” the Wu-Tang Clan member said in a statement. “His quote ‘Be Water my friend’ is profound and multi-tiered in definition. It inspires the idea that in adapting to life situations, sometimes we have to flow smoothly as a stream, while other times we have to crash like a Tsunami.”
The song’s subject matter comes as no surprise as RZA, along with his fellow group members, have oft times sampled classic martial arts movie content. Their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) was also a nod to Enter the Dragon (1973), Lee’s final film before his premature death. Along with the Shaw Brothers’ The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, “Those films together were pivotal sources of inspirations for me,” RZA said.
Tune in to ESPN’s special about Lee on June 7th and listen to “Be Like Water” below.
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