The Wu-Tang Manual

The Wu-Tang Manual

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594480188
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2005
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 32,921
Product dimensions: 7.45(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.66(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. He has continued his music career while successfully branching out into lecturing, television, and film.

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The Wu-Tang Manual 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
keegopatrick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for any Wu Tang fan and even any hip hop fan. So many artist benefited so much by being The Wus contemporaries. Rza really breaks down almost every little thing that makes the clan the clan. From lyrics of songs with explanation to the ultimate Wu slang dictionary. This is simply a must have. I also love how The Rza breaks down the science of numbers and how important that has been to the clan over the years. The book also includes interesting biographies on all members of the clan and Capadonna. Interesting behind the scene stories and Rza explaining how the clan was formed made this book impossible to put down. I have read at least three times from cover to cover and plan on doing it again very shortly. We all can learn so much from the Rza and I for one plan on learning it all. This book will also help you to understand that their is nothing more important than learning and education. Knowledge is one of the most important aspect to all Wu Tang. I hear that The Rza is working on a second version of The Wu Tang Manual and I am waiting very anxiously to get my hands on it. WU TANG FOR EVER MOTHER F**KERS!!!!!!!
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rugbyhooligan More than 1 year ago
i got it for a friend for christmas who isnt that big of a reader but a diehard wu tang fan, he finished the book in one day and pulled some really deep and thought provoking ideas from the book. definetley gave me a whole new idea of what wu tang is and all about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wu-tang to the maximum! yea! i feel like a homie after reading this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A true book to a true Wu fan. The first page you read will get you sucked in to there world and you wont stop reading until the last page....
Guest More than 1 year ago
SPEAKING FOR MY SELF, THIS IS LIKE THE BIBLE FOR A TRUE WU FAN. THIS IS WHAT EVERY DEDICATED FAN OF THE WU LEGACY HAS BEEN WAITING FOR SINCE 93. IT GIVES YOU A GLIMPSE OF WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON IN THE CLAN THROUGH THE THIRD EYE OF THE RZA. WHAT A WONDERFUL BLESSING THE GODS LEFT TO THE WORLD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have even a glimpse of love for the undisputed best rap group of all time then this will give you a universal look into the souls of the nine brothers of Wu-Tang. Through the depictions of the RZA, we are taught the lessons and occurrences that shaped and sculptured the most influential rap group in hip-hop history. The RZA firsts give you the basic to intermediate attributes of all nine members then through the most memorable stories of the Wu-Tang brothers. Some of the clans most famous lyrics are broken down to almost an atomically compound so even the more distant Wu-Tang followers can understand that one unique line. Bottom line, for those who love Wu-Tang to those who want a little bit more insight into the stories of those who shaped hip-hop,'You got to check out the W.'