A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 14, 2004
Shao-Lin (Staten Island)
"Shaolin" or "Shao-Lin" is "Staten Island" in hip-hop slang. It's no "boogie down Bronx" in my opinion--not that rappers ask for my opinion.

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:


http://www.wutangcorp.com/archive/index.php/t-429.html

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.)

Posted by Barry Popik
Neighborhoods • (0) Comments • Tuesday, September 14, 2004 • Permalink