Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan Credit: Coup d'Oreille/flickr

Every few years, the always-active, always-killing-it Wu-Tang Clan explode out of the trenches and back onto the front page of the zeitgeist. In 2015, they released the one-copy-only double LP Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which was infamously bought for $2 million by pharma douche Martin Shkreli (and later seized by a federal court). Over the past year or so, the Clan have been thrust back into the spotlight for a far better reason: 2018 was the 25th anniversary of their debut record, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Arguably the greatest hip-hop album of all time, it showcases and celebrates the Staten Island crew’s larger-than-life personalities and mind-bending eccentricities. The anniversary has been celebrated with the production of a powerful four-part documentary series, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, first broadcast on Showtime this month. It dives into the group’s roots in the ghettos of New York and their rise to international fame, while highlighting the importance of brotherhood, gratitude, and individualism. The series also features footage of some of the rawest, most incredible hip-hop performances of all time—demonstrating where the Clan got the energy and passion that they can still tap into, even as some members close in on their 50s.   v