Dive deeper into the history of an iconic hip-hop group in the newest season of “Wu-Tang: An American Saga.”
As the name suggests, “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” tells the story of the group the Wu-Tang Clan and their starting days in Staten Island. The second season of the show, created by Wu-Tang member RZA and writer Alex Tse, recently started airing on Hulu.
For the actors in the show, there can be more pressure to bring the characters to life because they are real people.
“There’s definitely more weight, [GZA] is an icon, a legend, a hip-hop pioneer that was raised in the city where I’m from,” said Johnell Young, who plays GZA/Gary Grice. “There’s a lot of pressure to get his mannerisms, his voice, and bring it to life for fans and himself.”
“For me, I’m so concerned about every detail of a person. In season one, a lot of us were nervous in our approach,” said Marcus Callender, who plays Wu-Tang producer Power Grant “I was kind of a bit worried about it. I eventually met the actual Power 7 eps in. What I had come to find out was that way they cast the show, it definitely cast in away all energetically feel like the people we play off the lip.”
“Wu-Tang is a part of the culture. The show tells a story that a lot of fans want to know, the ins and outs of one of the biggest outlets in hip hop,” said Damani D. Sease, who plays U-God/Lamont Jody Hawkins. “The voice part was most challenging, everyone in the group has something known for, and U-God is known for his bass-filled voice. Perfecting that the biggest thing for me.”