RZA


RZA, born Robert Diggs in Brooklyn, is the leader of the iconoclastic hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan, which sold more than 6 million albums since their 1993 debut "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)." In his book THE WU-TANG MANUAL: ENTER THE 36 CHAMBERS, VOLUME ONE, the RZA unlocks the mysteries, philosophy, history, and mythology of hip-hop's original brotherhood.RZA published a follow up book of philosophy, THE TAO OF WU, in 2009. RZA has also created the music soundtracks for Jim Jarmusch's "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" and Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" and "Kill Bill: Vol. 2. "

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Books

The Tao of Wu

Rolling Stone Magazine - "Artist memoir, ghetto narrative and manual of divine mathematics, THE TAO OF WU is unusually compelling for a book written by a star-caliber musician. That's because the RZA, who masterminded the Wu-Tang Clan at their dawn and height, has led a more heroic and eventful life than most stars . . . You don't have to dig numerology to care about his candid story and respect his self-taught, self-important precepts."

Cornel West: "RZA is a towering artist and deep thinker who has much to teach us. I salute his courageous vision and compassionate witness-as manifest in this book and his life!"

GQ: "It's part hip-hop-history lesson and part survival course, straight from the grimiest borough (Staten Island) in the grimiest decade (the 1980s). You'll read it in an afternoon."


The Wu-Tang Manual: Enter the 36 Chambers, Volume One

Boston Weekly: "This book serves as the quintessential Wu-Tang reference, as well as proof that The RZA's multiple personas are real. The same can be said of his entire Clan, which is not only an anomaly in a genre where most groups dissolve before they meet their potential, but also the only crew that warrants having a B.I.B.L.E. to tell its story."

New York Times Book Review: "A glance at the chapter titles -- 'Martial Arts,' 'Capitalism,' 'Chess,' 'Organized Crime,' 'Technology' -- presents the recipe for a worldview that made this nine-member group the most distinctive force in urban music of the 1990's… There's something touching about the RZA's account of how kids from the projects learned life strategies and ethics from kung fu movies, and something weirdly inspirational about their ability to take those lessons and expand into brand extensions like a Wu-Tang comic book and a nail salon."