It is not easy to create a legacy and cultural impact that lives throughout multiple eras of music. So many new hip hop groups within New York City had come and gone, and we’ll never hear of them again. For Wu-Tang to have an on-going excitement about their imprint within hip-hop 20 years later, is incredibly admirable and rare. From their first single “Protect Ya Neck,” it wasn’t very long before people would realize their style, execution, lyrics, etc. was revolutionary and would change the genre of rap in a way that had not been done before.
For those who never doubted the group’s relevance, or wanted to understand the group’s movement better, this film is sure to grab your attention.
Hip-hop journalist and filmmaker Sacha Jenkins directed the series, and it aired May 10 exclusively on ShowTime. The synopsis briefly states, “Of Mics and Men 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 the 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.”
Their vulnerability and engaging personalities throughout each episode are to be commended, and a true music fan or film lover would describe this docuseries as a classic.
Let us know your favorite Wu song in the comments below and check out the trailer here.