The Final Season Of Wu-Tang’s TV Series Will Show Their Triumph
Since September 2019, Wu-Tang: An American Saga has been some of the most significant Hip-Hop programming on television. The Emmy-nominated Hulu series has traced the Staten Island, New York origins of the Wu-Tang Clan—covering music, crime, and police brutality across 20 episodes. RZA is a series creator, and his character is at the center of the dramatization, while Method Man is an executive producer—and other Clan members are have consulted on the series, which has starred Dave East (as “Method Man”) and Joey Bada$$ (as “Inspectah Deck”), among others in a cast.
Season 2 aired in Fall 2021. However, the third and final season is coming back on February 15. Wu-Tang: An American Saga has dropped a trailer of what viewers and Hip-Hop Heads can expect.
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Based on the two-plus-minute preview, the upcoming final season will explore Wu-Tang Clan’s mid-1990s takeover. The floods at RZA’s home studio, where the famed producer lost a reported 160 discs of pre-production, is portrayed. The disaster compromised Inspectah Deck’s debut album, Uncontrolled Substance (which was thus delayed until 1999). The trailer shows “RZA” (portrayed by Ashton Saunders) meeting with “Puff Daddy.” Although Ghostface Killah dissed Biggie on 1995’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, RZA would go on to work with The Notorious B.I.G. on his Life After Death double LP. Meanwhile, Puff remixed RZA’s production for Grammy-winning Method Man single “You’re All I Need.”
Elsewhere in the vignette, the New Jersey-based Wu Mansion is referenced, adorned with exotic sports cars and lavish decor. Footage suggests the changes RZA made with the group, perhaps bringing on additional producers such as 4th Disciple, Allah Mathematics, and Tru Master after the initial run of albums. “Raekwon” (played by Shameik Moore) is shown venting his frustrations with those changes. An allusion to Rae’s Purple Tape is also included, in addition to concerts, fights, and a car bombing.
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In 2022, Ambrosia For Heads’ What’s The Headline podcast did a deep-dive into Wu-Tang: An American Saga. Episode #75 (embedded below in video and audio), offers insight into what plot points are real, and what has been glamorized for television storytelling:
New music featuring Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Dave East, and Joey Bada$$ is currently on the official AFH playlist.
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In 2022, RZA self-released Bobby Digital And The Pit Of Snakes as well as the DJ Scratch collaboration LP, Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater. Inspectah Deck’s CZARFACE collective (with 7L & Esoteric) dropped Czarmagaddon! Ghostface appeared on Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy-nominated Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.