From Shaolin to the holy city of Mecca
Shaolin & Mecca are references to RZA’s spiritual influences
musically, he’s influenced by the sounds of the far east, where the shaolin temple was founded
(Members of the Wu also refer to Staten Island, the borough in NY they’re associated with, as “Shaolin”)
religiously, he’s influenced by the Nation of Gods and Earths
an afro-islamic movement that has some truly interesting beliefs, including both a revised alphabet and an expanded number system.
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