After receiving rave reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the new Wu-Tang Clan documentary Of Mics and Men has been acquired by Showtime.
The four-part documentary directed by Sacha Jenkins will debut on the network on Friday, May 10 at 9 pm ET/PT. Of Mics and Men looks back at the career of the legendary Staten Island group and celebrates the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
The film details the group members' childhood in Brooklyn and Staten Island during the '70s and '80s and includes interviews from living Wu members RZA, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Ghostface, Method Man, Masta Killa and Cappadonna, as well as Nas and Breakfast Club host, Charlamagne tha God. The docuseries also has rare footage of late member Ol' Dirty Bastard, who passed away in 2004.
Fans of the Wu can expect to reminisce through the golden years of the Wu-Tang Clan while teaching the younger generation about the supergroup that dominated the '90s rap scene.
Of Mics and Men is a Mass Appeal production in association with Endeavor Content. Peter J. Scalettar, Peter Bittenbender and Chris Gary serve as the film's executive producers.
The debut of the film comes after the group received one of the highest honors in their hometown Staten Island. At the end of 2018, the New York City Council voted 48-0 to name Vanderbilt Avenue and Targee Street in Staten Island the "Wu-Tang Clan District." The Wu district is located a near the Park Hill Houses where several Wu-Tang Clan members grew up. After being signed-off by New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, the sign went up at the beginning of 2019. A dedication is expected to happen this spring with all of the Wu members present.
"I'm happy that NYC officials are finally giving the city's indigenous 'Hip Hop' music the respect and recognition that it deserves," New York City culture advocate LeRoy McCarthy told Gothamist. McCarthy led the effort for both the Wu-Tang street co-naming and the co-naming of St. James Place between Fulton Street and Gates Avenue, which will be renamed Christopher Wallace Way.