- By Michael Jacobo
- Photo Courtesy of Hulu
Most aspects of pop culture — primarily music, film, and art — are heavily influenced by the world those artists were living in. As far must goes, the hip-hop genre has always been a personal genre of music. When it was popped up in the late 1970s, it was used to describe the hardships that the artists, lower income African-Americans, dealt with on a daily basis. That theme has remained consistent throughout the near 40 years that the genre has been active.
Perhaps the most influential and popular hip-hop acts is the Wu-Tang Clan, whose history and formation has been given the television treatment on Hulu. Wu-Tang: An American Saga, is a fictionalized account if the group’s formation, developed and produced by its founding members, RZA and Alex Tse. While fictional, the miniseries is set in New York City during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1990s. The narrative adopts the initial vision that RZA (born Bobby Briggs) had when he formed the group: to unite the fractured youths who were torn between a passion and knack for music and a life fueled by the drug epidemic.
Briggs and Tse produced the series, alongside seasoned film and television producer, Brian Grazer (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights). Other founding members of the group, including Ghostface Killa, GZA, Method Man, and the estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, were consulting producers.
“Wu-Tang: An American Saga” begins streaming Sept 4 on Hulu.