Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Wu-Tang Manual: RZA Deep, Mountain High

Read all about "The Wu-Tang Manual" at billboard.com. Here's a bit:

Wu-Tang Clan principal RZA says he always viewed music biographies as a "post-career type of thing," but the offer to detail the guiding philosophies behind the pioneering Staten Island-based hip-hop collective was one he couldn't refuse. Such is the bulk of the content in the 243-page "The Wu-Tang Manual," out now via Riverhead Books, which RZA assembled with journalist Chris Norris.

The book dives into the "key themes of the Wu-Tang universe," specifically martial arts, spirituality and how the glorification of organized crime on Staten Island shaped the persona of the fledgling group, which also features the late Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, GZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Inspectah Deck and Masta Killa.

Also included are annotated lyrics for such classic Wu tracks as "Protect Ya Neck" and "C.R.E.A.M.," thumbnail sketches of the core members and RZA's detailed descriptions of the Wu-Tang creative process in the studio, on stage and outside of the public eye.
This was supposed to be done a long time ago, but I'm sure it will be fascinating. Much better than "The Third Eye Blind Manual."

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