Watch Hip-Hop Evolution

This docuseries traces the rise of hip-hop music from a fringe urban genre to the dominant musical force in American pop music. The series presents pioneering rappers such as Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash and early commercial successes such as Run-DMC and Public Enemy.

Sunday at 9pm on HBO Canada
3 Seasons, 12 Episodes
September 4, 2016
Documentary, Mini-Series
8.4/10
Cast: Sal Abbatiello, Paul Ackerley, Bill Adler, Charlie Ahearn
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Hip-Hop Evolution Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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