Low Key


Is 'Wu-Tang: An American Saga' Something to F--- With?

Season 1, Ep. 42

Shimmy Shimmy Ya! On the latest episode of the Low Key podcast we talk about “Wu Tang Clan: An American Story,” brought to you by RZA -- the man who brought us “The Man With the Iron Fists.”

(Also: We just found out what RZA stands for “Ruler, Zig-Zag-Zig, Allah.” I don’t know what any of that means, but it sounds dope. Can you say new X- Box Gamertag?)


The series chronicles the formation and the rise of one of hip-hop’s greatest groups, The Wu Tang Clan. So far Hulu has six episodes available for streaming. We're not quite sure what it is just yet, and we discuss how the show works to create the mythos behind the Wu Tang, but seems to lack what we most admire about Wu Tang: the music.

We get a little bit of Bobby (aka RZA) laying down a track with Shotgun (aka Method Man), but we mostly get drug deals and drive-bys. That's fine when accompanied with music, but we want more music. (By the way, we don't endorse drug dealing or drive bys, kids).


During the episode, Aaron brings up the point that movies based on musicians' lives usually have songs that are incorporated into the story. We don’t get much of that here, but to the show's defense, this is a series, not a movie. The series is probably using the early episodes to introduce the characters and their circumstances, and will hopefully use the remaining episodes to show how they use music to overcome these circumstances.


We also never realized that the members of Wu had so many aliases. They seem to have three to five apiece. They're a whole team of superheroes, we're convinced. They are the Avengers… if all the Avenger were rappers, and black men from Staten Island.


Plus, Tim's still trying to figure out if Raekwon really shot up Ghostface Killah’s home back in the day.

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