Hip-Hop Evolution is a new four part series on Netflix hosted by rapper Shad. The show has also featured on HBO and was part of the Toronto Hot Doc Festival.
The documentary dives straight into the origins of Hip-Hop where Bronx-based DJ’s set up their foundations and where MC’s reeled in their talents ultimately leading to Hip-Hops first crew, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
Discussions about the evolution of Hip-Hop is backed up from incredible interviews with the likes of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, DJ Hollywood, Afrika Bambaataa, Coke La Roc and Kool Herc. Arguably the originators and fathers of hip hop. It then moves onto the golden age of Hip-Hop with discussion around Rakim, LL Cool J, RUN-DMC, Russel Simmons, Rick Rubin and many more pioneers.
Towards the last episode Hip-Hop has proven itself as not just a genre but also a movement, both politically and culturally. The last episode discusses it’s influence on the other side of America in L.A where gang violence and oppression were at an all time high and how Hip-Hop gave people a voice.
Check it out now on Netflix and watch the trailer below