Wu-Tang Clan band members pose at the New York premiere of Showtime's "Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men" as part of the Tribeca Film Festival at Beacon Theater, April 25, 2019. (AFP/Angela Weiss)
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A quarter century ago, a ragtag group of New York kids that would become the iconic Wu-Tang Clan banded together, betting that mainstream music might just embrace hardcore hip hop from the streets.Gifted with an ear for raw, menacing lyrics and fueled by a desire to rise above their poverty-mired peers, the nine-member collective ascended from New York's then particularly rough outer boroughs to become one of the most influential rap acts in history.Their hardscrabble journey that paved the way for dozens of successful hip hop artists is the subject of the four-part docu-series "Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men" – a riff on the American classic "Of Mice and Men," the story of itinerant workers seeking financial stability – set to air on the U.S. cable network Showtime next month.'WU-TANG IS THE WORLD'Thursday night saw a rare gathering of the complete Clan, with all living members along with the rapper son of the Ol' Dirty Bastard – who died of a drug overdose in 2004 – following the screening with a raucous performance including hits from their iconic breakthrough album "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)".Asked by AFP if cash still rules everything around him, RZA didn't miss a beat.
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