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VIDEO: Author Alvin Blanco Explains His New Wu-Tang Clan Biography

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The good folks over at Fuse TV’s “Hip Hop Shop” interviewed me about my book, The Wu-Tang Clan and RZA: A Trip Through Hip Hop’s 36 Chambers. Wouldn’t call it a “bio” since the book deals more with the Clan’s music as opposed to their come up, but biographical content was definitely included to add proper context to the sounds from Shaolin. Consider the book more like “the ultimate guide to the labyrinthine musical world of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan,” as the esteemed Brian Coleman described it.

June 21, 2011 Posted by | Aqua's Clips, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , | 10 Comments

The Wu-Tang Clan and RZA: A Trip through Hip Hop’s 36 Chambers

I wrote a book and I think it’s pretty good. The Wu-Tang Clan and RZA: A Trip through Hip Hop’s 36 Chambers via Praeger and available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and other spots. I’ll start promoting it one day, I swear. Check it out sometime.

May 3, 2011 Posted by | Aqua's Clips, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , | 5 Comments

VIDEO: GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, RZA on Rhythm & Soul (1991)

“Been doing it for a long time, tearing up parties, waxing MCs, just anything you can name as far as emceeing.”—The Genius (in 1991)

The Genius promotes his debut Words From the Genius on a public access show called “Rhythm & Soul” with ODB, RZA (aka All In Together) and some cat who probably had warrants and didn’t want to show his face—in tow. What, you didn’t know that Liquid Swords was GZA’s sophomore album? Then you should read my book—The Wu-Tang Clan and RZA: A Trip Through Hip Hop’s 36 Chambers. I know, I know, I didn’t set that price, I swear. GZA/Genius’ “Come Do Me” video below (Red Alert is the bartender), directed by Ralph McDaniels and Lionel “THe Vid Kid” Hampton. [Propers to Nah Right via J-Zone/Ego Trip]

April 12, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Music, News | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Wu-Tang Clan and RZA: A Trip through Hip Hop’s 36 Chambers

Book written by yours truly dropping April 30th, 2011 via Praeger. Stay tuned for more info while I get my self-promotion (ugh) game together. Big up to HipHopIsRead.com.

December 24, 2010 Posted by | Aqua's Clips, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , | 2 Comments