With the trailer for Showtime’s Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men having aired at the end of January, followed by the first two episodes premiering at Sundance shortly after, streaming service Hulu is now looking to get in on some of the Wu action.
Ordering 10 episodes of scripted drama Wu-Tang Clan: An American Saga, the show calls on Moonlight’s Ashton Sanders as RZA and Siddiq Saunderson as Ghostface Killah, and is also set to feature Marcus Callender, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’s Shameik Moore, and Get Out’s Erika Alexander.
Wu-Tang members Ghostface Killa, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa and GZA are also onboard to take on duties as consulting producers, while Method Man will take up a role as executive producer.
With recent news of a Wu-flavoured horror movie on the way, as well as the Mics and Men documentary and new series, it’s would be fair to say we’re entering something of a Wu-Tannaisance right now — but the group have never really been that far from our minds.
While it’s true that their Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers album turned 25 last year — and still very much sets the standard for complex, narrative-driven rap to this day — the anniversary was simply the latest reminder of just how important to music Wu-Tang have been and continue to be.
It was only back in 2015, after all, that American businessman Martin Shkreli ignited the first of many controversies by purchasing the group’s one-off album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for $2 million USD — though he has since been ordered to forfeit the record (which is the most expensive single album ever sold), along with other high-end items adding up to over $7 million USD, as part of criminal proceedings. And, of course, every Wu member has their own legacy as a standalone artist and entity: in 2017 Ghostface was the subject of a lengthy interview in Crack Magazine and, only today, Merhod Man stopped a new track with Streetlife.
So, if it feels like we’re at Wu-Tang saturation point — peak Wu, if you will — it’s really not the case. The Hulu drama is simply the latest in a constantly evolving legacy for Wu-Tang.