Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Netflix Documentary Spotlight: Hip-Hop Evolution

Netflix recently released a hip , four-part documentary series titled Hip Hop Evolution, which traces the origins of Hip Hop culture back to the Bronx, NY where it all began. The documentary is hosted by Canadian MC Shad, and the very first episode, “The Foundation,” features interviews with Hip Hop iconoclasts such as Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Kurtis Blow, Afrika Bambaataa, LL Cool J, and Coke La Rock.

Episode 2, “From The Underground To The Mainstream,” focuses on Hip Hop’s rise to notoriety while Episode 3, “The New Guard,” finds Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin explaining the rise of Hip Hop’s first empire, Def Jam. Finally, Episode 4, “The Birth of Gangsta Rap” dives into the birth of N.W.A with interviews from Chuck D, Ice Cube, Ice-T and more. 

Earlier this year, the acclaimed documentary series debuted at Toronto's Hot Docs Festival. All four episodes later aired on HBO, however if you missed out you can now watch the entire run on Netflix.