Since the release of the revolutionary Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the Wu-Tang Clan have been hip-hop's leading creative force. Now, after a decade of dark beats and mysterious lyrics hinting at a larger whole, the legendary Staten Island hip-hop collective fully reveals, for the first time, the complex, multi-layered Wu-Tang Universe. This manual unravels the intricate web of personalities (and alter egos), warrior codes, numerological systems and the key to Shaolin among much more. It also contains their first official lyrical encyclopaedia and analysis by the Clan.
"Touching...A glimpse inside the brain of the RZA, the producer/spiritual leader of Staten Island's revolutionary hip-hop collective, the Wu-Tang Clan....Inspirational." -The New York Times Book Review
"Is there a Pulitzer Prize in the Wu's future?" -XXL Magazine
"At once edifying and wildly entertaining, [The Wu-Tang Manual] occupies a fertile emotional crossroads of nostalgia, juvenile wish-fulfillment, and adult appreciation...it could augur a rebirth for one of the most influential rap groups of the 1990s." -Pitchfork
"A rabbit hole into the Clan's history and obsessions with kung-fu films, numerology, chess, and Eastern spirituality." -Entertainment Weekly
"Equal parts travelogue, manifesto, dictionary and cultural decoder ring for one of hip-hop's most influential and unorthodox rap groups...It's quite obvious that the nine-member crew is as adept in analyzing Eastern philosophies, chess strategies and numerological systems as they are in smoking ells and dodging bullets." --Columbus Alive (alternative weekly)
"A unique megamix of Buddhism, comics, kung fu, and Islam." -Boldtype.com