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The RZA, founder of the Wu-Tang Clan, imparts the lessons he's learned on his journey and provocative, The Tao of Wu is a spiritual memoir the world has never seen before, and will never see again. Related eBooks. The Tao of Wu book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A unique book of wisdom and experience that reaches from the most vi. The NOOK Book (eBook) of the The Tao of Wu by The RZA at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

So he made the best of what he had and gained knowledge where he could. From street folks, from comic books, from kung fu flicks. Sadly his experiences also shaped his biases, which makes him someone I do not identify with, but we are much alike. When he finally got out of the ghetto and had the world at his fingertips, his mind had already been permanently imprinted with his bigotries. We all can suffer from this to some extent, but we must acknowledge the decent, RZA does not.

His experiences of his formative years taught him things he needed to understand and apply in action in order to get by and survive. A certain Ghetto Creed. Since the system works for him, he assumes that it could work for everyone. I think the real truth to his words and the reason I even gave it two stars, is that in the begining, he was seeking truth, he wanted knowledge.

Any rapper can tell you, they won the lottery. They're a dime a dozen. Or how about the YMCA? What a hypocrit. View 1 comment. Apr 15, Fiona rated it it was amazing. This is a must-read for any fan of the Wu-Tang Clan. Let's be honest: But if you read and like this book, I will have a far higher opinion of you. Just kidding. Sort of. In this fascinating book, Rza tells several tales simultaneously. He talks about his personal evolution and how his interest in comic books, Islamic teachings and Kung Fu culture all helped shape the man he is today.

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He ruminates on loss and identity and love. He a This is a must-read for any fan of the Wu-Tang Clan.

He also details the coming together and apart of the Wu-Tang Clan, and the various personal relationships and experiences within the group's relatively short history. He also talks about the history of hip-hop, and the role it played in his life.

Despite the vast subject matter, Rza tells these intertwined stories in a non-confusing and enjoyable way. Somehow, the book still flows smoothly and eloquently. This is the kind of book you'll open with a mild curiosity, get completely drawn in and end up finishing in one sitting.

Whether or not you're a fan of the Wu-Tang Clan. Jan 12, Eli added it. This book pretty much rocked. It was written by the RZA, who is a lot smarter than you would think, given that he's a gangsta rapper who spits about kung fu and meth. Throughout the book, the RZA gives simple, but deep, knowledge through his experience with the Pillars of Wisdom, kung fu, living on the street, Mathematics, Islam, and the Wu-Tang Clan.

He tries to make his lessons as universal as possible, so even the most sheltered, white people can relate to what he has to say. In our close-min This book pretty much rocked. In our close-minded, mostly Christian community, I think its cool that the RZA uses knowledge from eastern philosophy and Islam to teach people about life and how to live it.

My favorite part of this book was when he talked about starting the Wu-Tang Clan, and how poor they all were. It was cool to learn the background story for the making of my favorite rap album, Enter the 36 Chambers.

Kind of a struggling-artist story. I thought it was cool how smart the RZA is. He knows more about Mathematics and Enlightenment than you would expect. He's been studying different religious texts since he was a little kid, without the help of a parent or guardian. By the time he was a teenager, he was teaching other little ghetto kids about Islam and God.

He is one of the only actually religious people I've ever really known about or had a lot of respect for. Overall, I'm glad he wrote this book. It gave me insight into the Clan, and also gave me simple advice on how to lead a better and more fulfilling life.

View all 3 comments. Apr 13, Andy Carrington rated it really liked it. Real talk. Aug 06, Calvin Kenley rated it liked it. Out of the 3 books I probably enjoyed this one the most. The writing was definitely the strongest, but I think a lot of credit could go to the fact that he had a co-writer to organize all of his thoughts.

Basically, RZA sat down and did just rambled about his philosophies for a several hours and the co-writer organized it into something more cohesive. The best thing to me about the Wu-Tang clan is how they made connections with other mythology and applied it to themselves. He is skilled at absorbing and integrating the things he loves into his music, like the ultimate fan boy. RZA is at heart a just a huge nerd who is extremely talented in emulating his influences.

Because of this, he spends most of the time talking about his various obsessions and showing how he uses them in his music. When RZA does get introspective about his career, he mentions that he has never had as powerful production as he did in the early days. He has made thousands of beats, but they are not as appreciated because they are too polished. He feels like not knowing the techniques makes for a better project. Being an expert in something means you won't make anything new necessarily.

Also, I wanted more information on conflict within the Wu-Tang. Currently, Raekwon and Ghostface are the only really relevant members of the Wu-Tang Clan, so it would have been interesting to read how he feels about their approach. Mar 04, Ebony rated it it was ok Shelves: The random meditations, life lessons, and stories seem misplaced. His life chronology is jumbled up and difficult to follow. The Tao of Wu is like starting in a middle of a conversation. He is God but Allah is greater. He had the knowledge but then he pretended to forget it as his superhero alter ego.

He was reborn but still dead. There are jewels here—tidbits of knowledge— but the book left me wondering about all the unaddressed contradictions. Religion is one contradiction after another. Jul 06, Kelly rated it it was amazing. You don't have to be a Wu disciple to enjoy this book RZA is an enlightened, deep thinker and provides insight into not only the world of hip-hop and Wu-slang, but into his spirituality - an interesting combination of Islamic, Buddhist, and Christian studies.

He claims not to be a prophet, but one could easily argue that Prince Rakeem comes bearing knowledge and wisdom unique to his personal experiences with Kung Fu, religious practices, and world hip hop domination. After rea You don't have to be a Wu disciple to enjoy this book After reading this book, I not only felt enlightened, but like I was hearing 36 Chambers for the first time ever bear in mind this was the first CD I ever downloadd for myself back in the 9th grade. Highly recommended to all - this is an important hip-hop historical document.

Like any religious or spiritual text, I will be reading this again and again. Aug 06, Melissa French rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is totally bonkers in the best way. It was fun to hear about the origins of the Wu-Tang Clan, and about the circumstances and influences that were central to its creation.

That RZA is a mad musical genius is not up for debate, but the depths of that madness in the best possible sense are delved into with kung fu movie-style abandon and it definitely leaves you feeling crazier than before you star This book is totally bonkers in the best way. That RZA is a mad musical genius is not up for debate, but the depths of that madness in the best possible sense are delved into with kung fu movie-style abandon and it definitely leaves you feeling crazier than before you started reading.

Again, not in a bad way. Jan 04, Carey rated it really liked it. This book was a page turner! It was fun to read and I learned a lot.

I love anything that gives me a chance to look at something from another perspective - it did that. In one way, it gave me a new perspective on a personal life event. I found it meaningful and beautiful.

I suggest it for anyone who is looking for a positive in a world of negative; RZA knows how to do that. Feb 08, Jesus Hills rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don't know if I will read a better book this year.

I had to actively slow myself down while reading to think about what was being said. I didn't understand or agree with everything that RZA believes, but he has some salient points to make, and his story is absolutely gripping and moving. It was both completely foreign and yet relatable in some way. Not only that it made me appreciate Wu Tang's music a little bit more.

He definitely got me thinking about this book and I would not be surprised if I pick this up within the year to read again. Super engaging, interesting, and powerful. An absolute must read! The most interesting passages, imo, are the ones in which he discusses his life and the life of Wu-Tang Clan. The spiritual aspect of the book is lovely to read about, as it's obviously the mainline of Rza's being.

The writing just feels disparate and scattered, which made it tough for me to follow. Glad I stuck it out though!

The Tao Of Wu By RZA And Chris Norris

Jan 08, Robert rated it liked it Shelves: Overall, I thought the writing was decent. Growing up in the Hip-Hop Age myself, it was a pleasure to read a rapper's memoir and see his perspective of life. We're living in a society where we're getting increasingly closed-minded to points of view we don't agree with and we're becoming increasingly isolated to the cultures we don't live in. At the same time, I get a sense of hypocrisy from RZA when he talks about his spirituality and being part of a group called the "Five Percenters," where onl Overall, I thought the writing was decent.

At the same time, I get a sense of hypocrisy from RZA when he talks about his spirituality and being part of a group called the "Five Percenters," where only five percent of the population of the planet have some kind of unique wisdom or knowledge that the rest of the world isn't privy to. To me, having wisdom isn't something one can brag about because it's not something we obtain on our own. I also got confused at his constant mingling of Islam, Buddhism and Christianity.

I don't know too much about Buddhism or Islam, but whenever he attempted to quote from the Bible, he did so to try and verify his philosophy about life, which is how people come to be misled. A lot of people do that anyway. However, the life experiences he shared were interesting, and I hope that he comes to understand what true wisdom and understanding is.

Sep 09, Amber Nofetari rated it liked it. I went through a hell of a lot this summer and needed a dose of wisdom, so I picked up this book.

I wanted to read it for some time, but I finally picked it up from the library last month. Firstly, let me say that RZA is a truly intelligent and spiritual man. I had no idea that he was vegetarian, studied different religious teachings, and believed in the supernatural. He is also very much a geek which surprised me as well. I shouldn't be, since he has mentioned his love for Kung-Fu films on nume I went through a hell of a lot this summer and needed a dose of wisdom, so I picked up this book.

I shouldn't be, since he has mentioned his love for Kung-Fu films on numerous occasions hence the name Wu-tang Clan but I digress, The Tao of Wu is a cool read for those who need some inspiration. From Stapleton Projects in Staten Island to Hollywood he talks about his long tumultous journey to the top and shares many gems on life, struggle, inner demons, love, and success. There are many grammatical errors for RZA speaks in his native tongue rather than standard English which gets irritating at times but if you can get past that in his words "it's all gravy".

Nice read, I truly needed it. Apr 02, Byron rated it liked it. Essentially, this is a half-assed memoir, pieced together from the transcripts of a few interviews, interspersed with spiritual insights that sound like the ramblings of your one uncle who did time in the '80s and '90s and now he doesn't eat pork but he still gets high. Parts of it are almost unreadable.

Committed Wu stan that I am, I can't give this any more than three stars, and that's being generous, but this might still be worth having a look if you're interested in the subject matter. There Essentially, this is a half-assed memoir, pieced together from the transcripts of a few interviews, interspersed with spiritual insights that sound like the ramblings of your one uncle who did time in the '80s and '90s and now he doesn't eat pork but he still gets high.

There's more biographical info on the RZA than you can find in the wiki or in any number of BS articles from when there used to be rap magazines, and while the philosophical mumbo jumbo is not to be taken seriously, this might be quite literally the only thing there is to read about the NGE other than that BS article they used to run in Vibe magazine every five years or so about how many of your favorite rappers from the s are five percenters; I'd have to check Google.

Oct 02, Sham Al-Ghazali rated it did not like it. I'll be completely honest. This may be just my opinion, but I won't idly sit by and pretend that one of my favourite rappers isn't an actual Many of us come from broken homes and try to better ourselves from it, but to become better we must remove our egos. However, learning the history of Wu tang was pretty dope, but it doesn't even come close to balancing the other pages of bullshit.

Dec 15, Kevin rated it really liked it. Very entertaining Most compelling were the parts describing the way his philosophy developed out of his time in jail and in the projects around Staten Island and Brooklyn, the best bits being descriptions of the turkey burgers and video game tourneys that would constitute their time spent in the bunker underneath their Staten Island apartment, from which sessions came the 3 Very entertaining Most compelling were the parts describing the way his philosophy developed out of his time in jail and in the projects around Staten Island and Brooklyn, the best bits being descriptions of the turkey burgers and video game tourneys that would constitute their time spent in the bunker underneath their Staten Island apartment, from which sessions came the 36 Chambers.

Recommended reading for anyone interested in kungfu and killer bees.

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Nov 26, Noah rated it really liked it. An autobiography disguised as spiritual guide or perhaps vice-versa. RZA's history and philosophy intertwine in this engaging little gem of a book. Recommended for not just Wu-Tang fans, but anyone who wants to be inspired by how the power of the mind can be greater than the power of the sword.

Jun 09, Rianna Jade rated it really liked it. I finished this in one day. Worth it.

Oct 10, Michael Cavanagh rated it liked it. This was a book of using great religious fate to accomplish all goals in life. RZA starts out in the hood where he is already accustomed to girls, drugs, gangs, gangbangers, and all that fun stuff.

Somehow, the book still flows smoothly and eloquently. This is the kind of book you'll open with a mild curiosity, get completely drawn in and end up finishing in one sitting. Whether or not you're a fan of the Wu-Tang Clan. It was written by the RZA, who is a lot smarter than you would think, given that he's a gangsta rapper who spits about kung fu and meth.

Throughout the book, the RZA gives simple, but deep, knowledge through his experience with the Pillars of Wisdom, kung fu, living on the street, Mathematics, Islam, and the Wu-Tang Clan. He tries to make his lessons as universal as possible, so even the most sheltered, white people can relate to what he has to say.

In our close-min This book pretty much rocked. In our close-minded, mostly Christian community, I think its cool that the RZA uses knowledge from eastern philosophy and Islam to teach people about life and how to live it. My favorite part of this book was when he talked about starting the Wu-Tang Clan, and how poor they all were.

It was cool to learn the background story for the making of my favorite rap album, Enter the 36 Chambers. Kind of a struggling-artist story.

I thought it was cool how smart the RZA is. He knows more about Mathematics and Enlightenment than you would expect.

He's been studying different religious texts since he was a little kid, without the help of a parent or guardian.Highly recommended to all - this is an important hip-hop historical document. View all 3 comments.

Inasmuch as it is always peaceable it is never rebuked. Continuing to grind an axe after it is sharp will soon wear it away. The first thing this book taught me was that I know very little about the Wu Tang Clan.

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