Revered as one of the most heralded groups in hip-hop history, Wu-Tang Clan will premiere their original TV series, “Wu-Tang: An American Saga,” on Hulu.
Set in the early ’90s in Staten Island, New York, the series celebrates the group’s journey from its formation through their musical triumphs. According to the streaming service, the series is “a vision of Bobby Diggs aka The RZA, who unites the men torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.”
RZA serves as the executive producer of the series, along with Method Man, Alex Tse, and Brian Grazer.
During the Hulu Summer 2019 TCA Press Tour, RZA made his intentions clear about the creation of the show saying, “this show touches on things we were maybe shy to say in front of the camera.”
“We grew up in the ‘hood,’ and we kind of think every camera is a cop. But (now) as mature men we’re ready to tell our story,” continued RZA. “It opens up more about the Wu that you can’t find in the documentary.”
The trailer opens with The Charmels’ “As Long As I’ve Got You,” the sample for Wu-Tang’s “C.R.E.A.M.”, which captures the gritty, yet soulful environment of Shaolin (Staten Island). With the introduction of the members (and their acting counterparts), the trailer shares a glimpse of the group’s upbringing, leading them to coincide their struggles with their musical talents. The ending foreshadows the legendary group’s success while Method Man chants in the background, “Cash rules everything around me. CREAM! Get the money! Dolla dolla bill ya’ll,” symbolizing a powerful rags-to-riches story that hip-hop fans can’t wait to see.
The cast for the saga includes Ashton Sanders as RZA, Shameik Moore as Raekwon, Johneil Young as GZA, Dave East as Method Man, Joey Bada$$ as Inspectah Deck, Siddiq Saunderson as Ghostface Killah, and TJ Atoms as Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
Wu-Tang: An American Saga is set to make its initial debut on September 4th, 2019.