The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan

I loved Chappell’s Show and was terribly upset when he left Comedy Central.  One of the greatest episodes of all time was the one which centered on the idea of a racial draft, where other races could draft whatever black people or groups they wanted to.  The Chinese ended up drafting The Wu-Tang Clan, who went on to start their own investment bank.  Hilarious!  Now there’s a new movie out about the life and times of the real Wu-Tang Clan.

Starting this November 18th, now available on DVD from BET and Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment comes the authorized documentary about the life of one of the groundbreaking collaborative groups in hip hop.  Wu – The Story Of The Wu-Tang Clan is ready to straight up bust out of your television screen and transport you into the gritty world of Staten Island hip-hop.  Bring home this historical look at a real group of icons today!

The Wu-Tang Clan emerged from the borough of Staten Island in the muggy summer of 1993.  Most members of the clan had grown up together, while some of them were from warring turfs, yet brought together peacefully by the vision of a rap crew.  A crew would allow them to achieve notoriety and fame that would most likely elude them as individual artists.  Taking their name from shaolin films played on local channels in NYC back then, they mixed their own hip hop culture with the Eastern sympathies seen in those movies.  What followed was a meteoric rise to the top, a fantastic tumble back down and another spectacular rising.  Filmed by Gee-Bee, a childhood friend of the Clan, this documentary takes a look at it all.

The special features included in this DVD are a selection of extended interviews, a look at Raekwon the Chef and his recipe for success, a featurette about RZA and what he thinks of the hip hop world, a look behind the scenes with director Gee-Bee, an exploration of Icelene’s relationship with the ODB and an original music video for “Wu-Tang Is Back – Protect Ya Neck.”

I arrived a little too late into the nineties to know anything first hand about the Wu-Tang Clan.  Some kids in middle school wore Clan shirts, but I never heard any of their music for years and years.  Of course, the nationwide coke binge was wearing off at that time, so real gangsta rap had gone the way of hope in America.  I was looking forward to this film because documentaries about a pivotal band can be simply inspiring.  Unfortunately, this was a terribly shoddy movie.  The production value was something you would expect to see on local access cable.  The film was completely unorganized and was only chronological in the loosest definition of the word.  Most of the interviews were full of random information and were hard to understand.  It’s painful to see a topic which would be so interesting treated so poorly at a director’s hand.

Wu-Tang Clan still ain’t nothing to #@&* with.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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