Wu-Tang: An American Saga is back on screens, and Busta Rhymes fans were unhappy with the the portrayal of the rapper in a recent episode.
Season 3 of the Hulu show debuted on Wednesday (February 15) with three new episodes. Busta (played by Saeed Jackson) appears in a scene speaking to a neophyte RZA.
“Flying high. Talk about flying high, look at all this, yo,” Jackson’s Busta Rhymes tells RZA (played by Ashton Sanders) while the two converse at a house party. “Back when we was like 15, you and me used to play like we’d get all this shit one day — and you actually made it happen. Salute.”
However, viewers let it be known on social media that they were irritated with Jackson’s portrayal, with many calling for a re-cast of the Flipmode Squad General.
Did they do right by Busta Rhymes in "Wu-Tang: An American Saga?"https://t.co/52WCdDsvQr pic.twitter.com/dx5Q6xS1Dw
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) February 17, 2023
“I NEED YA TO GO RECAST FOR BUSTA RHYMES IN WU TANG SZN 3 RIGHT NOW!!! Ya just pissed me off,” one person wrote, while another added: “Nah why that got that dude playing busta rhymes in wu-tang ? That got me hot smh!”
Another Twitter user added: “Wu Tang know they was wrong.. this don’t look nothing like Busta Rhymes this N-gga look like Iman Shumpert lil cousin!”
I NEED YA TO GO RECAST FOR BUSTA RHYMES IN WU TANG SZN 3 RIGHT NOW!!! Ya just pissed me off
— Fergie Baby (@FergieBabyGGU) February 16, 2023
Wu Tang know they was wrong.. this don’t look nothing like Busta Rhymes this Nigga look like Iman Shumpert lil cousin pic.twitter.com/lTtqsUWfNm
— Sean Elliot (@sean3lliot) February 16, 2023
RZA and Method Man are onboard as executive producers of the series, and with Season 3 serving as the final installment of American Saga, there won’t be a chance to re-cast Busta or anyone else’s character for that matter.
Season 1 of Wu-Tang: An American Saga debuted in 2019 and returned with its second season in September 2021. The acclaimed series has won a pair of Golden Reel Awards, and RZA notched a nomination for a Primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music category.
A Deadline synopsis for Season 3 said that it will follow the Wu-Tang Clan‘s “five-year plan as they face and overcome different challenges following the release of their debut album and their continued rise to fame.
“While each of the members go on separate journeys to figure out where they fit in the music world, RZA struggles to stay on top of things in order to fulfill the promise he made to his Wu brothers. As money, fame, ego, and business threaten to tear the group apart, they must find a way to come together and cement their legacy.”
Find more reactions to Busta Rhymes’ portrayal below:
I’m have to say Wu Tang missed on the casting for Busta Rhymes lol
— RYAN CA💲H (@MoneyMakinSongz) February 16, 2023
I love Wu Tang an America saga but the guy they cast as Busta sound like a guy trying to do a Busta Rhymes impersonation.
— The Ashen Chevalier (@BroRonoaZoro) February 16, 2023
The actor that’s supposed to be Busta Rhymes on Wu-Tang An American Saga…. pic.twitter.com/TM2FpsZUpL
— Drums Are Better Than Flats (@BtwoTimes) February 16, 2023
Diddy son didn’t do it for me playing his dad on wu tang show . And who tf is this actor they got playing busta rhymes 😂😂😂😂😂
— Anfernee (@I_nell_ya) February 16, 2023
The nigga they got playing busta rhymes in wu tang American saga 😂😂😂🤣
— Deron Alek (@DeronAlek1111) February 16, 2023
Young Busta Rhymes cameo in Wu-Tang American Saga? Holy shit 👀
— Black Steve (@stevekaneki) February 15, 2023