Both are non-violent, unless pushed first; like Kung Fu, The Wu is a strike-when-needed-art. And Caine was also so correctly regretful and apologetic about your need to have him subdue your aggression down, without even breaking into a deep breath.
I won't strain the parallel too far, but they remind me of each other and I respect the message of both.
Still, you can’t take everything they say seriously. Why? Because you’re not supposed to and they don’t want you to. From Shaolin to living rough there are many deep themes here. But with this intelligence comes men who also have a sense of humor, a comics obsession - and names like U-God and Ghostface Killah.
Also, since there’s nine of them, I’m sure they spend a lot of time looking over at each other going, what the fuck? Nevermind an outsider plugging in, trying to get in on it.
Except a lot of people have plugged in.
Reading the book is like having the manuscript of the play in front of you, or being in on the conversations that got the producer, directors and performers to the stage. Anyone who has listened to the Wu will hear the writing, and recognize it as the sound just like RZA’s rapping.
There are no simple ways to describe the vocal delivery of any of the Clan. None are simply “machine-gun” or “raw”, none just “laid-back” “blunted” or “smooth.” They are unique in the world of rap - especially that mack, I'm-scared-and-you-can-hear-it-in-my-voice, Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
There are a lot of layers.
If you watch the vid for “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” — you can pretty such see why Ol' Dirty Bastard is now gone, dead. A heart of gold I’m absolutely positive but drugged up and out. I’ve been saying for a long time that I never liked ODB's first solo album “Return to The 36 Chambers, Dirty Version” Perhaps I should listen to it again to be sure.
I've tried to break down the overall picture of the Wu-Tang Manual here. But some of the specifics of the Manual include great mini-bios of each of the nine members of the crew: RZA (Robert F. Diggs, 7.5.69), GZA (Gary Grice, 8.22.66), Ol Dirty Bastard (Russell Jones, 11.15.68-12.15.04), Method Man (Clifford Smith, 4.1.71), Raekwon (The Chef) (Corey Woods, 1.12.70 - stretching those threads!), Ghostface Killah (Dennis Coles, 5.9.70), Inspectah Deck (Jason Hunter, 7.6.70), U-God (Lamont Hawkins, 10.11.70), and Masta Killa (Elgin Turner, 8.18.69).