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It discusses the work of the Wu-Tang Clan from the perspective of its members. The importance of hard work, creativity, and team work is discussed. The influence of poverty, racism, violence, and other socioeconomic issues on their music and their lives is also discussed.
Positive Role Models
The members of the group are close and respect each other's talent.
The Wu-Tang Clan are a group of Black male hip-hop artists, and the docuseries is produced by a Black TV producer. A lot of the conversations discuss the impact of race on the group's members and their work. Occasional interviews with non-Black individuals are featured. The group states that it is influenced by Asian culture.
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Violence & Scariness
There are references to violence in lyrics. Fight scenes of old martial arts-themed movies and images of wu-tang swords are shown. Archive footage of racial violence, police misconduct, and other disturbing scenes are shown, but within context. Conversations are also had about friends and family being shot (and often killed).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lyrics sometimes contain suggestive sexual language, and there are some crude references.
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Lots of cursing (especially the word "f--k") during conversations and in lyrics. The N-word and other racial references are audible, but presented in context.
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Products & Purchases
It promotes the Wu-Tang Clan, and their music, and footage of their concerts, are featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Pot smoking and drinking (champagne, beer) visible. Conversations are had about drug dealing, and references are made to meth and other substances. Racist comments are made about Black people and crack.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men is a docuseries celebrating the 25th anniversary of the multi-platinum award-winning hip-hop group. It features lots of conversations about many of the socioeconomic issues that has impacted the group's music and lives, including racism and racial violence, poverty, and other issues impacting the Black community. There's also archival footage showing racist and violent moments. These are presented in context and provide honest insight into how the group uses music to talk about, and make sense of, these issues. Lots of cursing (especially the word "f--k") during conversations and in lyrics, which also occasionally contain sexual innuendo, and crude references. Drinking and marijuana use are visible, and drug use and trafficking are discussed.
Is It Any Good?
This insightful docuseries, which was produced by Sacha Jenkins to mark Wu-Tang Clan's 25th anniversary, offers viewers an opportunity to hear from the original members of the multi-platinum hip hop group about their professional and personal journey. Through archive footage and more recent interviews, members discuss their struggles with poverty and racial violence while growing up on Staten Island, both of which deeply influenced their music and their drive to succeed. The artists also discuss their rise to success, and the highs and lows that came with it. They also note the fact that despite their musical stardom, they remained impacted by the socioeconomic problems that continue to affect their community. A later installment of the series also address the controversial $2 million sale of a secret album to the infamous "Pharma Bro," a.k.a. Martin Shkreli. While this specific narrative temporarily moves away from the series' overall focus, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men is still an honest and nostalgic viewing experience that reveals how the hip hop group overcame the odds and made music history.
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