There have been some outstanding hip-hop documentaries in the past few years including Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game, Time is Illmatic, and Death Row Chronicles. And the upcoming Wu-Tang Clan documentary looks absolutely tremendous based solely on the two-minute trailer.
The exciting documentary titled Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men won’t be released on TV until the spring, but Showtime will premiere the docuseries at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, January 28. The interviews with each of its nine living members.
The four-part docuseries was directed by Sacha Jenkins, who also helmed Fresh Dressed, Burn Motherfucker, Burn!, executive produced Netflix’s Rapture, and created the VH1 reality competition show Ego Trip’s The (White) Rapper Show. Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men is produced by Mass Appeal in association with Endeavor Content. Executive producers include Peter J. Scalettar, Peter Bittenbender and Chris Gary.
Staten Island rappers RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, and Masta Killa, (later Cappadonna) compose one of the most devastating rap groups of all-time. Here is what you’ll get with Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men:
As the group marks the 25th anniversary of their breakout debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the series looks back on their career, combining intimate and reflective interviews from each of the nine living members with never-before-seen archival footage and performances. Of Mics and Men follows the founding members – RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Masta Killa and Cappadonna – many of whom were childhood friends in the hardscrabble world of ’70s and ’80s Staten Island and Brooklyn. Their ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit brought them together to overcome the poverty, violence and oppression of their neighborhoods. But it was music and their shared lyrical genius that allowed them to form the most recognized musical movement in the world, all while walking the treacherous tightrope that links business with brotherhood.
“The Wu-Tang Clan is a seminal group that deserves a seminal documentary. [Director] Sacha Jenkins delivers just that, not only reminding us of their powerful history through vintage footage, but also placing their impact in modern-day perspective that will be meaningful both to their diehard fans and music fans in general,” said Peabody-winning entertainment executive and Showtime’s vice president of documentaries, Vinnie Malholtra.
In November, another documentary about the legendary hip-hop group was released for the Wu-Tang Clan’s 25th anniversary. For The Children: 25 Years of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) directed by Shomi Patwary is another doc that reveals how the Wu went from the slums of Shaolin to rap royalty.