The Wu-Tang Clan and RZA: A Trip through Hip Hop's 36 Chambers

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The Wu-Tang Clan and RZA: A Trip through Hip Hop's 36 Chambers chronicles the rise of the Wu-Tang Clan from an underground supergroup to a globally recognized musical conglomerate. Enhanced by the author's one-on-one interviews with group members, the book covers the entire Wu-Tang Clan catalog of studio albums, as well as albums that were produced or heavily influenced by producer/rapper RZA.

Wu-Tang Clan's albums are analyzed and discussed in terms of their artistry as well as...

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Overview

The Wu-Tang Clan and RZA: A Trip through Hip Hop's 36 Chambers chronicles the rise of the Wu-Tang Clan from an underground supergroup to a globally recognized musical conglomerate. Enhanced by the author's one-on-one interviews with group members, the book covers the entire Wu-Tang Clan catalog of studio albums, as well as albums that were produced or heavily influenced by producer/rapper RZA.

Wu-Tang Clan's albums are analyzed and discussed in terms of their artistry as well as in terms of their critical, cultural, and commercial impact. By delving into the motivation behind the creation of pivotal songs and albums and mining their dense metaphor and wordplay, the book provides an understanding of what made a team of nine friends and relatives from Staten Island with a love of Kung Fu movies into not just a music group, but a powerful cultural movement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313384424
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Series: Hip Hop in America Series
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 940,775
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

1 A Family Affair 1

2 From Many There Is One Wu 7

3 Form Like Voltron 13

4 The Debut Chamber 17

5 The First Wave (Wu-Tang Clan Soloist) Splinter Cells 27

6 Wu-Tang Goes Worldwide 71

7 The Re-up: The Second Wave (More Wu-Tang Clan Solos) 85

8 Wu-Tang as a Brand, Music and Beyond 123

9 A New Millennium, Even More Wu 133

10 Chinks in the Clan's Armor 153

11 Group Hiatus, Solos Still Flow 163

12 Goodbye O1' Dirty Bastard, Wu-Tang Marches On 173

13 Wu-Tang Redux 201

14 Shaolin Still Runs It 213

Index 229

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