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Hip-Hop Evolution

Interviews with influential MCs, DJs and moguls trace the genre's dynamic evolution from the 1970s through the '00s in this documentary series.
Starring:Shad Kabango
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Hosted by rapper and broadcaster Shad, this documentary series won a Peabody Award and an International Emmy.


Hip-Hop Evolution


Hip-Hop Evolution

Watch Bounce to This. Episode 1 of Season 4.

Rooted in New Orleans's rich music culture, No Limit mogul Master P and bounce breakouts DJ Jimi and Juvenile shake rap and put twerking on the map.

Watch The Southern Lab. Episode 2 of Season 4.

Innovators explode out of the South: Houston's DJ Screw slows hip-hop down, Memphis's Three 6 Mafia goes dark, and Atlanta's Lil Jon brings the crunk.

Watch The Super Producers. Episode 3 of Season 4.

Auteurs like the Neptunes' Pharrell and Chad expand the sonic palette. Timbaland and Missy Elliott lean forward. Kanye West and J Dilla reimagine rap.

Watch Street Dreams. Episode 4 of Season 4.

Mixtapes spread the hottest sounds, infringe copyright and break artists. Among them, 50 Cent polarizes, T.I. takes off with trap, and Lil Wayne clicks.

Watch A Tale of Two Coasts. Episode 1 of Season 3.

With the rise of N.W.A., gangsta rap and Suge Knight, the East Coast-West Coast rivalry climaxes with a lethal beef ensnaring the great Tupac Shakur.

Watch Life After Death. Episode 2 of Season 3.

In NYC, the Notorious B.I.G. fosters an empowering protégée, Lil’ Kim. When the East-West feud claims Biggie, Puff Daddy and Jay-Z vie for the throne.

Watch Pass the Mic. Episode 3 of Season 3.

Alternative hip-hop bubbles up from the streets: Mos Def spits in NYC, the Freestyle Fellowship chops it up in LA, and Eminem battles on the circuit.

Watch The Dirty South. Episode 4 of Season 3.

A hot, sticky music scene is born in Atlanta as the infectious hooks of TLC and Kris Kross yield to the gritty originality of OutKast and Goodie Mob.

Watch The Southern Way. Episode 1 of Season 2.

2 Live Crew popularizes the Miami bass sound and scores a victory for free speech. The Geto Boys put Houston on the map, paving the way for UGK.

Watch Out the Trunk: The Bay. Episode 2 of Season 2.

In the Bay Area, Too $hort channels pimp culture, MC Hammer becomes rap's first pop star, and Digital Underground introduces the world to Tupac Shakur.

Watch Do the Knowledge. Episode 3 of Season 2.

KRS-One makes his mark at New York's legendary Latin Quarter club. A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul cultivate an Afrocentric, jazzy style.

Watch New York State of Mind. Episode 4 of Season 2.

In the early 1990s, a new wave of hardcore East Coast artists emerges, led by Nas, Wu-Tang Clan and the Notorious B.I.G.

Watch The Foundation. Episode 1 of Season 1.

In the 1970s, DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and the first rhythmic rappers lay the foundations of hip-hop in the South Bronx.

Watch The Underground to the Mainstream. Episode 2 of Season 1.

Bootleg tapes capture the energy of live battles, the Sugarhill Gang releases a Top 40 hit, and hip-hop meets art punk in downtown New York.

Watch The New Guard. Episode 3 of Season 1.

Run-D.M.C. and Def Jam bridge the rock-rap divide. Innovators like Marley Marl and Rakim usher in a new sound, and Public Enemy raises consciousness.

Watch The Birth of Gangsta Rap. Episode 4 of Season 1.

Ice-T and N.W.A put West Coast rap on the map, documenting the reality of life in South Central LA. Dr. Dre tops the charts with "The Chronic."

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