Hulu’s production of Wu-Tang: An American Saga is a drama series based on the life story of a leading light of a young black hip-hop group. The series have taken place in the early 90s when crack cocaine raged in the major cities of the United States. Bobby Diggs (Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, RZA) rakes together a group of talented musicians to form the widely recognized hip-hop group known as the Wu-Tang Clan. Series got amazing ratings from the audience with an 8.4 rating on IMDb.
The main characters of the series, which is about the 1990s, constantly face criminal problems due to their lifestyle and social pressure and they want to escape all these problems. This drama story, which takes place in New York City, tells the story of young people, who live in poverty and marital conflict, trying to build their lives in a neighborhood with a high crime rate. Also, the series, which successfully reflects the hip-hop culture of the 1990s, makes us feel like we are in those days.
What is Wu-Tang an American Saga About?
We are watching the first acting performance of Dave East, who is a rapper normally. Joey Badass, who plays the character of Rebel, plays Jason Hunter, a member of the Wu-Tang clan, also known as Inspectah Deck. Joey is also a rapper. He is a member of a hip-hop group called Pro Era. But this character isn’t rapper Joey Badass’ first acting performance. He has joined as a guest actor in Boomerang, and, he has played the character, Leon, in the Mr. Robot. Let’s talk about the first season.
Especially, in the first 7 episodes, instead of their musical careers, we watch the progress of young black people, who are looking for a way out from their poor and cruel life. The rise of their music career generally begins after the 8th episode. The series, which started as a crime-themed drama, talks about the development of a young black group’s effort for a musical career.
We believe that those who like the first season will like the second season as well. RZA says that the second season was “spiritually truthful”. Because with the second season, the series talks about the group’s rescue from misery and their journey to success with determination. The enormous step on the road to success is when Bobby (RZA) and his group blow the doors off problems in New York, and they move to Ohio.
When we carefully look at all the characters, we can highly observe huge differences and improvements between the first season and the second season. The characters grow intellectually, and their rap band beliefs develop day by day. Giving the feel, it is produced by Oscar-winner Brian Grazer and RZA and Method Man, one of the founder members of the Wu-Tang clan of the series. Thus, we confirm that we are watching a story based on actual events in the series.
If you want a remember what happened to season 2, you can watch a trailer.
Cast & Characters
Let’s briefly talk about some starred actors.
RZA: played by Ashton Sanders
One of the leading actors of the series is Ashton Sanders. Compared to other actors, Sanders is one of the more well-known actors. He acted successfully in the 2016 American drama film Moonlight, based on Alvin McCraney’s book In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. Sanders, whom we know as the young Chiron in the movie Moonlight, plays the real RZA character as Bobby in Wu-Tang an American Saga. He also recently directed the movie Native Son by Sanders.
Raekwon: played by Shameik Moore
Shameik Moore, an actor, rapper, and dancer, plays Corey Woods, stage name Raekwon. More recently, Shameik Moore has put a signature under important successes voicing Miles Morales in the Oscar-winning animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Siddiq Saunderson plays Dennis Coles/D-Lovers, and Ghostface Killah in Wu-Tang Clan. Ghostface is one of the funniest characters in the series and one of those who want to improve themselves in music the most.
Tj Atoms plays the character of Ol Dirty Bastard (ODB) Russel Jones, the last founder member of the series.
Johnell Xavier Young plays the character of Gary, stage name Gary Gric, GZA.
Dave East plays Clifford Smith, Method Man by his stage name.
Is the Series Based on a True Story?
So how much of ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’ is based on real-life? The plot of Wu-Tang: An American Saga is said to be based on a true story. Alex Tse, one of the creators and producers of the series, gives the best explanatory comment on the series. Alex Tse stated that there were things that happen and there were things that happen in a different version. Also, he clarified there was some stuff that they had condensed and changed.
Let’s take a look at the real story of the series. Wu-Tang is a hip-hop group from New York. Band members from the poor neighborhood, RZA, GZA, Ol’Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Masta Killa, Cappadonna, and U-God have made a breakthrough. Wu-Tang was nominated for a Grammy best rap album in 1998 for their album Forever. Today, RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna are members.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard, one of the founder members of the group, died on November 13, 2004. There are rumors that there are different groupings within itself dating from 1992 to this time and that it currently has more than 300 members.
Where can I watch Wu-Tang an American Saga?
Unfortunately, the series is not available on Netflix. But you can still access the first season of the series on Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.com. The second season is exclusive to Hulu.com subscribers only.
Season 3 Expectations
The series currently has two seasons, 20 episodes in total. The first two seasons of the series started between September and October. The last season finale date was October 27. Because of COVID-19 shootings were canceled.
The popular series received its approval for season 3. Fans are still waiting for the release date. The third season is said to be the final season of the series. But we know that there will be a third season eventually. The release date of the series is estimated to be September 2022. It is said that new faces will join in the third season of the series.
Old actors will continue, but new actors or actresses will enter the series. We do have not enough information about who are the new faces yet. But as soon as we find out, we will update this article. We are sure that the new season of the series will be more than a little excited.
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