Wu-Tang Clan member RZA has revealed that a four part docuseries on the iconic hip hop group will air on Showtime. The series is called Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men and the poster reveals that "C.R.E.A.M. Rises to the Top." This is huge news for Wu-Tang fans who have been waiting for an update on the project. The docuseries is separate from the recently announced Wu-Tang: An American Saga scripted TV series for Hulu, which is currently in development.
Of Mics and Men will premiere the first two parts of the docuseries at the Sundance Film Festival at the end of this month. The general public will be able to see the Wu-Tang Clan docuseries on Showtime in the spring. A specific premiere date has not been revealed as of this writing. The docuseries is directed by Sacha Jenkins, who has known the group since the early 90s. Jenkins is a co-founding publisher of the groundbreaking hip-hop zine, Beat Down, and he gave the Wu their first ever cover back in the day.
Of Mics and Men is being described as transcending the traditional music documentary by creating "a new lane that merges music, socio-cultural commentary, and intimate family portrait." The docuseries was made in 2018 during the 25 anniversary of Wu-Tang Clan's debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which is considered to be one of the best hip hop albums of all time. The project looks back at their career through exclusive interviews and features never-before-seen footage from the Wu archives and stars RZA, GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Ghostface, Method Man, Masta Killa and Cappadonna.
The Wu-Tang Clan saga is definitely worthy of a four-part docuseries. Their first 5 years as a group could more than likely fill the entire thing up without a problem. Vinnie Malhotra, EVP Nonfiction Programming at Showtime Networks had nothing but good things to say about what Sacha Jenkins created with the group. He had this to say.
"Wu-Tang Clan is a seminal group that deserves a seminal documentary. 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."
2019 is gearing up to be a big year for Wu-Tang Clan. The group are still celebrating the 25th anniversary of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and has tour dates lined up to bring the Wu to a town near you. Of Mics and Men should do a lot to raise the profile of the iconic hip hop group, shedding light on their story, which has never been told like this before. Showtime has not announced if they will release all four parts at once, or if they are going to space them out. Hopefully that news drops soon. You can check out the Of Mics and Men docuseries announcement below, thanks to RZA's Twitter account.
WU-news Update! @SHO_Docs just acquired our four-part docuseries @WuTangClan: Of Mics And Men. It’s debuting at @sundancefest on Jan 28th and will air on @Showtime this Spring! #wutangpic.twitter.com/TcO8KHI5K0— RZA! (@RZA) January 18, 2019