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Hip-Hop Evolution (2016)

Interviews with influential MCs, DJs and moguls trace the genre's dynamic evolution from the 1970s through the 1990s in this documentary series.

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Darby Wheeler, Sam Dunn (co-director) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Sal Abbatiello Sal Abbatiello ... Himself
Paul Ackerley Paul Ackerley ... Newscaster (voice)
Bill Adler Bill Adler ... Himself
Charlie Ahearn Charlie Ahearn ... Himself
Claire Armstrong ... Newscaster (voice)
B-Real ... Himself
Afrika Bambaataa ... Himself
Big Daddy Kane ... Himself
Kurtis Blow ... Himself
Dan Charnas Dan Charnas ... Himself
Chuck D ... Himself
Cheo Hodari Coker ... Himself
Joe Conzo Joe Conzo ... Himself
Brian Cross Brian Cross ... Himself
DJ Disco Wiz DJ Disco Wiz ... Himself
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Interviews with influential MCs, DJs and moguls trace the genre's dynamic evolution from the 1970s through the 1990s in this documentary series.

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hip hop music | rap | hip hop | See All (3) »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2016 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Эволюция хип-хопа See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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CAD2,500,000 (estimated)
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Banger Films See more »
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(Hot Docs International Documentary Festival)

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Color
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Unexhaustive but illuminating divulgence into the history of hip-hop
4 December 2016 | by maxhealySee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this series documenting different periods in the formation of hip-hop. Although I feel like it didn't necessarily do enough to describe the anger and philosophy that was a huge part of hip-hop (except during its parts about the Message and gangsta rap), it provided a fairly well-rounded historical analysis of the musical interplay that allowed the form to progress, to grow richer and more varied, and to move beyond the party music of the late 70s to a more socially conscious art-form.

The most important and enriching aspect of this show is the commentary provided by hip-hop legends and people who were there, as well as how it shines light on some unsung heroes of early rap music. It was extremely watchable and interesting, and I can't wait until Season 2 when it delves into the 90s and hip-hop explodes and becomes the cultural juggernaut that it is today.


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