Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men (Documentary/Music) [TV/Review]


Year: 2019
Genre: Documentary/Music
Source: Streaming (Showtime)

This limited docuseries looks back on the group’s career, combining intimate and reflective interviews from each of the nine living members with never-before-seen archival footage and performances. Their ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit brought them together to overcome the poverty, violence and oppression of their New York 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 tightrope that links business with brotherhood..

Wu-Tang Clan is my all-time favourite hip hop act and Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon and GZA are all on my top 10 list of favourite rappers.

4 part documentary series about the rise of Wu-Tang and maybe not the fall, but when egos took over. I really liked it, but for me I would have liked more of a focus on the first years and around the first two albums. When things start to crumble and the ego’s got too big around 1998-2000 I kind of lost interest a little bit. Also the business part I get is very important for the group but personally I would like to have known a little bit more about individual lyrics and the inspiration for them. Heard more from RZA and how he worked with his samples. Learned more of how life was growing up in the projects. But all in all, great documentary series.

I’m a bit torn if I’m going to watch the TV show Wu-Tang: An American Saga or not. Don’t know how true it is to what happened in real life and I always have a hard time seeing other faces play legendary musicians.

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