Hip-Hop Evolution

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Hip-Hop today is a global culture that has changed music, dance, fashion, language—and even politics. But where did this worldwide cultural movement begin?

We trace hip-hop back to its humble beginnings, when the kids of the Bronx crammed into house parties, rec rooms, and public parks to hear music like they’d never heard it before.

Episode 1

THE FOUNDATION

Airdate: September 4th, 2016

Bronx-based DJs set Hip-Hop's sonic foundations. MCs, inspired by African American oral traditions, create the modern template for rap music, culminating with the emergence of Hip-Hop's first crew, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

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Episode 1

FROM THE UNDERGROUND TO THE MAINSTREAM

Airdate: September 11th, 2016

Hip-Hop crews in the Bronx and Harlem begin to form around the DJs, but these pioneering groups never record any music. It would take R&B veterans to see the genre’s commercial potential and create Hip-Hop's first hit, "Rapper's Delight."

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Episode 3

THE NEW GUARD

Airdate: September 18th, 2016

Run-DMC ushers in a new era of Hip-Hop. Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin build Hip-Hop's first empire, Def Jam. An unknown producer finds a new way to make beats and launches Hip-Hop's Golden Age, culminating in the epic fury of Public Enemy.

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Episode 4

THE BIRTH OF GANGSTA RAP

Airdate: September 25th, 2016

Ice-T uses Hip-Hop to reflect the violence of Los Angeles and inspires a new form of Hip-Hop: Gangsta Rap. N.W.A’s first album, Straight Outta Compton, shocks America. After the LA Rebellion, Dr. Dre makes The Chronic, and creates Hip-Hop’s first hardcore pop record.

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Featured Artists

Grandmaster Flash

Grandmaster Flash

Born:
JANUARY 1, 1958
Bronx, New York
Kool Herc

Kool Herc

Born:
April 16, 1955
Kingston, Jamaica
Afrika Bambaataa

Afrika Bambaataa

Born:
April 17, 1957
Coke La Rock

Coke La Rock

Born:
April 24, 1955
DJ Hollywood

DJ HOLLYWOOD

Born:
December 10, 1956
Melle Mel

MELLE MEL

Born:
May 15, 1961
Grandmaster Caz

Grandmaster Caz

Born:

Shad

Shadrach Kabango is a critically-acclaimed Canadian hip-hop artist and broadcaster. Born in Kenya to Rwandan parents, Shad was raised in London, Ontario. He holds a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a master's degree in liberal studies from Simon Fraser University. He self-financed his first album in 2005, and went on to release four more albums between 2008 and 2013. Winning a Juno in 2011, he was most recently the host of CBC Radio One’s arts program q.

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