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Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men 

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Limited docuseries looks back on the group's career. It was music and 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.
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Cappadonna ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2019
Ghostface Killah ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2019
The GZA ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2019
Inspectah Deck ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2019
Masta Killa ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2019
Method Man ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2019
Ol' Dirty Bastard ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2019
RZA ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2019
U-God ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2019
Icelene Jones Icelene Jones ...  Herself 4 episodes, 2019
Raekwon ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2019
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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. Written by SHOWTIME

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WARNING: Sloppy, uninspiring, lacking insight ... a disservice to the rap legends
24 August 2019 | by ok_english_btSee all my reviews

Please don't give this 10 out of 10 because you like the Wu-Tang Clan, not the point.

Sacha Jenkins' 'Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics & Men' is 4 hours of frustrating viewing, all over the place as a film and certainly not a fitting way to commemorate the mighty Wu-Tang Clan's 25th anniversary.

To do social history, you need to be particular about details: names, places, dates, timeline etc. For a music doc., structure interviews that shed some light on the artists' processes. And an honest visual record would cover the whole 25-year period with all its 'highs' and 'lows' (I don't remember anything shown between 2000 and 2017, a massive gap surely part of the band's history which has to be covered in some way? Solo projects, creativity, ageing, family etc.).

Too much of 'Wu-Tang Clan' is cliche-ridden, band squabbles and rambling rants about godknowswhat? Partially redeemed by RZA, interesting to listen to, bits of old film and music, obviously welcome, and the curios like 'Once Upon A Time In Shaolin', but the lack of clarity about anything, ODB's death, the band's philosophy, contractual arrangements/difficulties? And so little about the actual music itself, styles, production techniques, in-depth stuff about the MC's etc., these guys changed music forever, but 'Wu-Tang Clan' barely scrapes below the surface nor really distinguishes them from any other rap combo.

Sloppy documentary makers please take note: pointing a camera and microphone at a subject does not make you a film maker. As somebody relatively new to this band, 'Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics & Men' gave me so little to go on I came away massively disappointed. I'm surprised RZA didn't scrap the whole project to come up with something more worthy of the rap legends.


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