Among the most influential hip-hop Groups in recent memory, the Wu-Tang Clan has enjoyed a recent resurgence in music with the recent release of Raekwon’s Only Built for Cuban Linx II (which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Charts) and the upcoming Ghostface Killah album Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City releasing today. The RZA, the mastermind behind the signature sound of the landmark debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and four solo albums, now ventures into the publishing world with the release of The Tao of Wu, a chronicle of what Penguin describes as “a nonfiction Siddhartha for the hip-hop generation â€”an engaging, seeking book that will enlighten, entertain, and inspire.”
The first book by the RZA, The Wu-Tang Manual, was an attempt to summarize the origins and facts about the group. This second release, however, is far from a simple biography, as the book delves into the spiritual side of the RZA, whose beliefs are fashioned by a philosophy informed by “a unique blend of Eastern spirituality, Christianity, numerology, science, and hard-earned street wisdom.” Though this may appear to be a sort of ideological mash-up, the book fuses together the life, experiences, and thoughts of the mad genius behind the Wu-Tang Clan.
Here are some of the reviews for the book:
“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….Weirdly inspirational.”
â€”New York Times Book Review
“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.”
In what is sure to be a compelling read for the hip-hop fan, The Tao of Wu releases on October 15, but you can pre-order yours now at the Penguin Group site.