For most hip-hop lovers, the genre started in the late 70s with the advent of emcees and breakbeats. And when that legendary bass line from Chic’s “Good Times” kicks in the groundbreaking “Rapper’s Delight,” the landscape of music forever changed.
During the 80s, hip-hop hits its stride with sampling. The 90s was the decade of the lyricist and very few could hold a candle to the wicked rhymes of the Wu-Tang Clan.
The 36 chambers featured RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa. (For those scoring at home: Cappadonna became an official member in 2007.) And when these dudes took the mic, it was a stopdown for anyone listening.
They redefined what ensemble hip-hop could do and be in music. And these guys can’t only spit, they write, direct, produce, and act. Multi-talented and multifaceted, it only makes sense this news happens, as first reported by Variety.
The Wu-Tang Clan is bringing an all-scripted series entitled “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” to Hulu in 2019 that will feature the meteoric rise of the group. The 10-episode order will be set in early 1990s Staten Island, New York at the “height of the crack cocaine epidemic.”
“I’m delighted to be partnering with Hulu and Imagine to explore the vast story of the Wuniverse,” said The RZA. “Wu-Tang through our music has always strove to inspire as we entertain. This opportunity to continue the Wu – Saga in a 10-episode series will exponentially increase our inspirational style of entertainment. In the immortal words of ODB ‘Wu-Tang is for the Children.’”
This unlikely success story will mark a true rags-to-riches trek in the lives of these dozen aspiring artists. And it’s going to be awesome. You know the soundtrack is going to be hype. The writing shouldn’t be far behind. It’s just a matter of seeing what Hulu can do with the magic they’re given.
Given the bold steps this trailblazing group has taken in music, that should be worth discovering where the triumph lies.
(And if you fancy a trip of pop-locking down Memory Lane, enjoy.)