A Google Groups post of August 22, 1997: "I live in staten island, new york (aka shaolin)..."
A Google Groups post in "alt.rap" of March 18, 1994 answers "Also, Shao-lin = Long Island?" with "Nah kid. Its Staten Island."
"Shao-Lin" is Wu-Tang slang for "Staten Island." This is from a web site:
Before RZA, Raekwon, GZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa (see "Wu: who's who") formed Wu-Tang Clan, they were childhood friends who came of age in the rough-and-tumble housing projects of Staten Island. (The group dubbed the borough Shao Lin, a reference to the ancient Buddhist monks who devised complex martial-arts techniques, the most deadly of which utilized the Wu-Tang sword.)