Twenty years after the release of the iconic debut album ‘Enter the 36 Chambers’ by Wu-Tang Clan, Urban Kingdom was the only video platform allowed on stage and backstage to capture the first time in 10 years that the living members of the Wu were together in the UK.
While New York City’s Wu-Tang Clan are regarded as one of the most fanatical music groups in the history of modern music, their legacy was being built on the other side of the world, by fans who so rarely got to see them in person . When the mainstream music industry shunned the professionalism of the Wu, and the British mainstream only promoted rap music as a gimmick, people in bedrooms throughout Europe ignored those hostilities and instead obsessed over rap music from the underground. Living within the street culture revolution at the end of the 20th century, outsiders to the class based prejudice of the UK found themselves inspired by rebellion that the Wu-Tang Clan had in the lost borough of Staten Island during the crack epidemic. People in Europe were creating their own style influenced by rap music and in the process, escaping their bedrooms and even working with the Wu and many more of America’s greatest Hip-Hop artists.
‘Street Smart’ is the first ever documentary film that looks at the effects Hip-Hop had on inspiring people outside of it’s place of origin. The film, directed by Nick Donnelly, who himself discovered Hip-Hop music from a bedroom in Northern England, is a collection of uncensored and unseen interviews with some of the UK’s greatest Hip-Hop artists, speaking candidly about the artform and life in the UK, while expressing their own education and experiences in America and the rest of the world.
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