Tarik Azzougarh (Arabic: طارق أزوگاغ; born January 29, 1979), better known as his stage name Cilvaringz, is a Dutch-Moroccan record producer, rapper, and artist manager from Tilburg, North Brabant. He is associated with the Wu-Tang Clan[1] and is best known for conceptualizing and producing the world’s most expensive work of music, Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.[2]

Dutch-Moroccan rapper, record producer and artist booker
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Background information
Birth name Tarik Azzougarh
Also known as Cilvaringz
Born (1979-01-29) January 29, 1979 (age 42)
Dordrecht, South Holland, Netherlands
Origin Tilburg, North Brabant, Netherlands
Genres Hip hop
  • Record producer
  • rapper
  • artist manager
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992–present
Associated acts Wu-Tang Clan
Musical artist

Cilvaringz was discovered by Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Method Man at a Wu-Tang Clan concert in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on May 26, 1997. After impressing ODB with a live freestyle on stage he was introduced to RZA who signed him to Wu-Tang Records in 1999, becoming the first non-American affiliate of the Wu-Tang Clan.[3]

Between 2002 and 2010 Cilvaringz toured the world as the official opening act of RZA, Method Man & Redman, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah.[citation needed] On April 9, 2007 he released his first solo album I through five different record labels around the world,[4] receiving critical acclaim for its return to the original Wu-Tang sound.[5][6]

In April 2008 Cilvaringz conceptualized and began producing Wu-Tang Clan’s secret album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin under the patronage of RZA.[citation needed] The unique release of the secret album as only one available copy in the world became one of the biggest and widely covered music stories of 2014.[7]Forbes magazine broke the story exclusively on March 26, 2014.[8] On May 3, 2015 the album sold for a reported 2 million USD to pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli, making it the most expensive musical work ever sold.[2]

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Cilvaringz was born in Dordrecht, Holland and grew up in the city of Tilburg. [9] As an avid basketball player he was introduced to Hip Hop in 1992 and recorded his first demo the same year.[citation needed] After hearing Wu-Tang Clan‘s debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) he made it his aim to “either become an NBA basketball player or get a recording contract with the ever expanding Wu-Tang Clan movement.”[citation needed]

On May 26, 1997, the Wu-Tang Clan performed at the Melkweg in Amsterdam as part of the Wu-Tang Forever promo tour. As the concert came to an end Wu-Tang Clan members Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Method Man announced a freestyle session for local talent. Cilvaringz rushed to the stage but could not reach it due to the excitement of many fans. Ol’ Dirty Bastard spotted Cilvaringz struggling from the side and pulled him up on stage, giving him his microphone. Capturing the attention of the entire group and crowd with his freestyle, he was pulled to the side by Method Man and Ol’ Dirty Bastard and then introduced to RZA who was watching the freestyle from the side of the stage. When a fight broke out between the Wu-Tang Clan and a group of fans whose girlfriends were getting undressed by Ol’ Dirty Bastard on stage, security rushed in and cleared the podium, throwing Cilvaringz back into the crowd.[citation needed] Not knowing how to get backstage Cilvaringz lost contact with RZA. According to Cilvaringz, RZA had just told him that he was interested in signing him to Wu-Tang Clan‘s extended group the Wu-Tang Killa Beez.[3]

Wu-Tang Clan & Cilvaringz

Between 1997 and 1999 Cilvaringz traveled back and forth to New York in the hope of finding RZA. In February 1998, Cilvaringz met RZA’s sister Sophia and his mother Linda at the Wu-Nails salon in Staten Island, New York, leaving behind a demo and letter for RZA. In February 1999 Cilvaringz met with RZA’s sister again, this time randomly in front of the Razor Sharp Records offices in downtown Manhattan. After hearing his new demo Sophia called RZA and asked him to come by the office. Upon hearing his demo and seeing the enthusiasm of his employees, as well as Ghostface Killah‘s positive feedback over the phone from prison, RZA signed Cilvaringz to Wu-Tang Records. Coincidentally, Cilvaringz began recording his debut album I on May 26, 1999 at the Wu-Villa in Paris, France, exactly two years after being discovered on stage.[citation needed]

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