From Shaolin to Showtime… The four-part documentary series, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, premieres Friday, May 10 at 9 p.m. The group’s cultural history will be examined through four hourlong episodes. The first two premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
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.
The series follows the founding members – RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Ghostface, 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,” said Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “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. I’m excited to be returning to Sundance with Sacha years after his directorial debut with what I believe to be his best work yet.”
Jenkins’ relationship with the group dates back to the early ’90s when, as a co-founding publisher of one of hip-hop’s first zines, Beat Down, he gave the group its first cover. In 2013, Jenkins re-launched Mass Appeal as a premium entertainment company where he serves as its Chief Creative Officer.
Watch all of Showtime’s video promos for the docuseries and see descriptions of the first four episodes below:
ABOUT THE EPISODES:
Premiere Date: 5/10/2019 at 9/8c
Everything that molded Wu-Tang Clan and the inspiring tale of all of the socio-political bullshit they had to navigate as young black men.
Premiere Date: 5/17/2019 at 9/8c
The rise of the greatest rap group of all time; how they made it and shocked themselves—and the world—in the process.
Premiere Date: 5/24/2019 at 9pm
The sweet smell of success is intoxicating but the death of a friend changes the way each member sees the world and the Wu.
Premiere Date: 5/31/2019 at 9pm
Twenty-five years in, a family meditates on its affairs, and looks to the future of its dynasty for salvation to cement a legacy.