The Saga Continues

Friday, February 8, 2019

Wu-Tang at Sundance: An American History

It’s the week of the Sundance Film Festival, and Sacha Jenkins walks into the Entertainment Studios Lounge in Park City, Utah, wearing a Goose Country leather V-Bomber. It’s the same coat made famous by the late New York drug dealer/folk hero Larry Davis. Tucked under his leather-cloaked arm is a record. It’s the first album from The 1865, an all-black rock n’ roll band singing and playing from a viewpoint of post-Civil War emancipated slaves. The album is called Don’t Tread on We. Jenkins is the lead guitarist in the band. Everything Jenkins does has a purpose, a symbol, or a worthwhile means to an end in the name of black culture and American history. Which is exactly why he was tapped as the director of Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, the new four-part episodic documentary that unfurls the (extremely personal, never-before-seen) history of a group of New York natives that redefined a genre and changed the economics of the music industry. Jenkins gets it. To him, Wu-Tang isn’t just about showing an audience the group’s untold story—it’s about understanding history.

“History is our frenemy,” Jenkins says, sitting in the sun on a deck overlooking Main Street. “People struggle with what's in front of them. But if you just look behind you and you look at the shit that happened and how it was resolved, it might give you some tools to help you deal with what's in front of you. It’s easy to think, ‘this president sucks. I'm stuck. He's racist.’ But if you look back, you'll see the same things and you will see people just like you who had to deal with it and found a way to deal with it—and you can do that, too.”

Finding a way to “deal with it” is exactly what the 10 founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan did 25 years ago, when “Protect Ya Neck” hit airwaves and Enter the Wu-Tangdropped. For the first time, a mainstream audience heard what it was like to be poor, to live under the thumb of racism, to sell drugs, to lose family and friends, to watch abuse, and to feel like nothing was going for you unless you were going for them.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Wu-Tang’s RZA & Ghostface Killah Team For ‘Angel Of Dust’

The Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah and RZA and Shaun Redick of Impossible Dream Entertainment will produce Angel of Dust, a suspense horror thriller that Wu-Tang leader RZA will direct. Pic is inspired by true stories that happened around the hood to members of the global iconic rap group when they were growing up in and around the Staten Island Projects. A series of bizarre and horrifying events shaped their mind-sets to launched the Wu-Tang Clan to become a worldwide music powerhouse. The story was created by Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah (aka Dennis Coles) and longtime manager Caruso. Script is by Matt Leslie and Stephen J. Smith (The Harrowing, Summer of ’84).

[via Deadline]

Monday, January 28, 2019

The First Trailer for Showtime's Wu-Tang Clan Docuseries Is Here

Showtime Documentary Films dives deeper into the music documentary space with Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, a four-part limited docuseries from filmmaker Sacha Jenkins (BURN MOTHERF*CKER, BURN!) that transcends the music documentary genre by creating a new lane that merges music, socio-cultural commentary and intimate family portrait.The four-part series examining the cultural history of hip-hop’s most influential group will debut on SHOWTIME this spring.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

WU-TANG CLAN, Public Enemy and De La Soul are heading on tour

Tickets go on sale January 25th. Check out the tour dates below.

“Gods of Rap” 2019 Tour Dates:

05/10 – London, UK @ The SSE Arena Wembley

05/11 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena

05/12 – Glasgow, UK @ The SSE Hydro

Three of Hip-Hop’s most iconic groups, Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, and De La Soul, are coming together for the Gods of Rap Tour this year.

The historic announcement about the upcoming tour, which is due to land in London, Manchester, and Glasgow in May as each group celebrates a classic album from their discography. DJ Premier has signed on as the host for each show.

The Wu-Tang Clan who are officially listed as headliners of the tour, is honoring the 25th anniversary of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers); Public Enemy is paying tribute to the 30th anniversary of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, and De La Soul is commemorating the 30th anniversary of 3 Feet High and Rising.

“I don’t believe anything like this has been done in the UK before on this level,” SJM promoter Chris Wareing told Music Week. “This tour creates a legacy, it’s a moment. The groups are the biggest in their genres, they’re all celebrating notable anniversaries of their biggest albums and I am led to believe this is the first time they have all been on the same bill together.”