From Shaolin to the holy city of Mecca

from RZA (Ft. Truth) – Tragedy Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

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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