The Wu-tang Manual : The Wu-Tang Clan no rights - plexus edition 07/05
About the book
The Wu-Tang Manual is The RZA's first written introduction to the philosophy and history of Hip-Hop's original Dynasty, the Wu-Tang Clan. Written in a style that is at once personal and philosophical, The Wu-Tang Manual unravels the intricate web of personalities (and alter egos), warrior codes, numerological systems, and Eastern spiritual ethics that define the Wu-Tang dynasty. Packed with information that reflects the breadth and depth of the RZA's -- and rest of the Clan's -- intellectual interests and passions, The Wu-Tang Manual is divided into four books of nine chambers each, for a total of 36 chambers. All together, the book provides the breakdown of essential Wu-Tang components, from basic information about each of the nine core members of Wu-Tang Clan to deeper explorations of the key themes of the Wu-Tang universe, a dictionary-like Wu-Slang lexicon, and an entire section of Wu-Tang lyrics with densely annotated explanations of what they mean. For the hardcore Wu-Tang disciple and the recent initiate alike, The Wu-Tang Manual is the definitive guide to the essence of Wu, one of the most innovative hip-hop groups of all time. The RZA's most recent book, The Tao of Wu, is also available from Riverhead Books.
Touching A glimpse inside the brain of the RZA, the producer/spiritual leader of Staten Island s revolutionary hip-hop collective, the Wu-Tang Clan .Inspirational. The New York Times Book Review Is there a Pulitzer Prize in the Wu s future? XXL Magazine At once edifying and wildly entertaining, [The Wu-Tang Manual] occupies a fertile emotional crossroads of nostalgia, juvenile wish-fulfillment, and adult appreciation it could augur a rebirth for one of the most influential rap groups of the 1990s. Pitchfork A rabbit hole into the Clan s history and obsessions with kung-fu films, numerology, chess, and Eastern spirituality. Entertainment Weekly Equal parts travelogue, manifesto, dictionary and cultural decoder ring for one of hip-hop s most influential and unorthodox rap groups It s quite obvious that the nine-member crew is as adept in analyzing Eastern philosophies, chess strategies and numerological systems as they are in smoking ells and dodging bullets. --Columbus Alive (alternative weekly) A unique megamix of Buddhism, comics, kung fu, and Islam. Boldtype.com
"Touching...A glimpse inside the brain of the RZA, the producer/spiritual leader of Staten Island's revolutionary hip-hop collective, the Wu-Tang Clan....Inspirational." -The New York Times Book Review "Is there a Pulitzer Prize in the Wu's future?" -XXL Magazine "At once edifying and wildly entertaining, [The Wu-Tang Manual] occupies a fertile emotional crossroads of nostalgia, juvenile wish-fulfillment, and adult appreciation...it could augur a rebirth for one of the most influential rap groups of the 1990s." -Pitchfork "A rabbit hole into the Clan's history and obsessions with kung-fu films, numerology, chess, and Eastern spirituality." -Entertainment Weekly "Equal parts travelogue, manifesto, dictionary and cultural decoder ring for one of hip-hop's most influential and unorthodox rap groups...It's quite obvious that the nine-member crew is as adept in analyzing Eastern philosophies, chess strategies and numerological systems as they are in smoking ells and dodging bullets." --Columbus Alive (alternative weekly) "A unique megamix of Buddhism, comics, kung fu, and Islam." -Boldtype.com
The RZA Biography
Robert Fitzgerald Diggs (born July 5, 1969), better known by his stage name the RZA ( RIZ-ə), is an American rapper, actor, filmmaker, and record producer. He is the de facto leader of the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan, having produced most albums for the group and its respective members. He is a cousin of two other original Wu-Tang Clan members: GZA and Ol' Dirty Bastard. He has also released solo albums under the alter-ego Bobby Digital, along with executive producing credits for side projects. After forming the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA was a founding member of the horrorcore group Gravediggaz, where he went by the name The RZArector. RZA has been heavily involved in filmmaking since the late 90s. He has scored a number of films, most notably Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004). He has written and directed in film and television, starting with his directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists, in 2012. He has also acted in numerous films and TV series, including the films American Gangster and Brick Mansions, and the TV series Gang Related and Californication. He is especially known for his music production, with a style that includes the use of soul samples and sparse beats that has proved highly influential. The magazine The Source placed him on its list of the 20 greatest producers in the magazine's twenty-year history. Vibe listed him among the top 8 greatest hip-hop producers of all time, and NME placed him on their list of the 50 Greatest Producers Ever.
Early lifeDiggs was born on July 5, 1969 in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He was named after the Kennedy brothers Robert and John Fitzgerald, both of whom his mother greatly admired. Diggs has called his given name an "honorable" name, given the legacy of both Robert and John. Diggs has a younger brother, Terrance Hamlin, better known as the rapper 9th Prince, and an older brother named Mitchell “Divine” Diggs. From ages three to seven, Diggs spent summers in North Carolina with his uncle, who encouraged him to read and study. Diggs was introduced to hip hop music at the age of nine, and by eleven, was competing in rap battles. He relocated to Steubenville, Ohio in 1990, to live with his mother. He spent weekends in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where his father ran a convenience store in the city's Hill District.Diggs got involved with petty crime and drug-dealing, and was charged with attempted murder while in Steubenville. He was acquitted of the charge, giving him what he has called a "second chance".
Before the Wu-Tang ClanIn 1984, Diggs formed a rap group with his cousins Russell Jones, then known as The Specialist, and Gary Grice, then known as Allah Justice, called "Force of the Imperial Master", which they soon after renamed as "All in Together Now" in 1985. Around this time Diggs formed the DMD Posse which consisted of RZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Inspectah Deck, 4th Disciple and Method Man. Diggs and Grice then signed ... Read full biography
|Authors:||The RZA Chris Norris|
|Publisher:||Penguin Putnam Inc|
|Languages:||| English ||
|Edition Statement:||New edition|
|Publication date:||Feb. 28, 2005|
|First Publication Date:||None|
|Publication City/Country:||New York, United States|