RZA originally went by the moniker Prince Rakeem and was also known as The Scientist.
On July 1, 1991, RZA released an EP titled Ooh I Love You Rakeem under his first moniker Prince Rakeem. The extended play was released under Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records and the following year RZA would go on on to be a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan with his cousins GZA and Ol' Dirty Bastard.
With the formation of the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA would change his name from Prince Rakeem to RZA (pronounced “Rizza”), and his cousin The Genius would change his name to GZA. RZA was also a founding member of the horrorcore group Gravediggaz, in which he went by the moniker The RZArector.