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The RZA: 'The Tao of Wu' (2009)


The RZA, The Tao of Wu (2009)
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How do you choose between the RZA's two excellent memoirs? (Choose the sword and you join me. Choose the ball and you join your mother. You don't understand my words, but you must choose!) The first installment, The Wu-Tang Manual, is more of a beginners-guide handbook to the Shaolin mythology. But The Tao of Wu digs deeper, as the RZA broods on hip-hop and spirituality. He combines esoteric Buddhism, true mathematics, kung fu flicks, chess tactics, and comic books into his own unique theosophical ruckus.

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