The Tao of Wu

The Tao of Wu

by The RZA


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The Tao of Wu by The RZA

From the founder of the Wu-Tang Clan—celebrating their 25th anniversary this year—an inspirational book for the hip hop fan.

The RZA, founder of the Wu-Tang Clan, imparts the lessons he's learned on his journey from the Staten Island projects to international superstardom. A devout student of knowledge in every form in which he's found it, he distills here the wisdom he's acquired into seven "pillars," each based on a formative event in his life-from the moment he first heard the call of hip-hop to the death of his cousin and Clan- mate, Russell Jones, aka ODB. Delivered in RZA's unmistakable style, at once surprising, profound, and provocative, The Tao of Wu is a spiritual memoir the world has never seen before, and will never see again. A nonfiction Siddhartha for the hip-hop generation from the author of The Wu-Tang Manual, it will enlighten, entertain, and inspire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594484858
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 57,298
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The RZA is most famous as the founder and leader of the Wu-Tang Clan, the platinum-selling hip-hop group that is widely considered one of the most important of all time, and has also spanned multiplatinum solo careers for many of its members, including RZA. Originally from Staten Island, he is currently based in Los Angeles, where he has continued his music career while successfully branching out into lecturing, television, and film.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is utter and complete garbage.  It's poorly structured, and extremely difficult to follow. It's worse than Hitler's ranting in Mein Kampf. The book is complete torture.  If following the flow of the book won't kill you, the drivel will.  The author is a self-proclaimed pseudo-intellectual, who's come up with his own world philosophy by erratically mixing in values from different world religions.  Furthermore, the philosophy is skewed and has no real grounds in comparison to the real world. In the book, Robert Diggs frequently mentions the "divine mathematics", and gallantly demonstrated basic arithmetic skills on page 132: "The year was '97-a very serious number in Mathematics. I remember telling everyone that this was the year- the year of 9 and 7, the  year of Born God. 9 and 7 is 16, and 1 and 6 is 7."
nLyte More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!!! I was actually looking for a book on Qi-Gong and I came across this. I had a slight interest in Wu-Tang (had the game on the Playstation when I was a kid) and I never thought that I'd see a book written by the founder "the RZA". I can say I was very ignorant to the knowledge that RZA had and the people in his clan. It opened up my eyes to never judge a book by its cover and I was in aw the whole time reading it. Soon as I got home I didn't stop reading until I finished it. I learned so much and it helped me get my life back on track. I would recommend this book to all who are confused on their path and for those who need a good read. I feel like reading it again! It is soooo compelling!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was an amazing book, rza is a deep & spiritual artist. there is a lot of information about wutang that some may not know.
MaxEfros More than 1 year ago
The book, Tao of Wu, was different than any other book I have ever read. Hearing the unique perspective from the author, the RZA, and his often surprisingly spiritual views on life allowed the reader to gain a new perspective. The RZA combined many different religious ideas from Buddhism,  Christianity, and Islam to form entirely complex and well-written ideas about wrong vs. right, lessons of God and self, and much, much more. Not only that but the reader was able to step into the shoes of the RZA and learn about Wu Tang and it's formation from the founder of the group himself. The ideas he proposed in each chapter of the book allowed the reader to take lessons away to apply to their own life too, making the book somewhat of a self-help book. As the RZA discussed how he dealt with hardships in his own life, like the death of his mother, and the principals he lived by, such as his vegetarianism, a whole new and abstract way to view the world began to be shaped by the author. Ending the book, I was left feeling very open-minded. Though I didn't always agree with what the RZA stated, the language and rhetorical devices he skillfully crafted to do so left me with the impression that I had just finished learning about a work of art rather than the story of how Wu Tang was formed, what I originally expected going into the book. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for help or meaning in life, or simply a new perspective. 
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AmiReviews More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. One of my favorites yet.