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Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Insightful hip-hop group docu talks racism, violence.

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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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