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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
1 Season, 16 Episodes
September 4, 2016
Documentary & Biography, Mini-Series
8.4/10
Cast: Shad, LL Cool J, Alonzo Williams, Melle Mel
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Hip-Hop Evolution Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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