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Russell Simmons announces 'The Definitive History Of Hip Hop' documentary

The Def Jam boss wants to go deep beyond the beats and rhymes

  • Louis Anderson-Rich
  • 15 March 2017
Russell Simmons announces 'The Definitive History Of Hip Hop' documentary

A new documentary series titled The Definitive History Of Hip Hop is coming to a screen near you, courtesy of Russell Simmons.

The Def Jam boss said the series would cover the genre’s “untold story” from its birth in the 1970s to the popularity it experiences today.

In a press release, Simmons said: “The series gets behind the scenes of what drove the beats, the rhymes, the ideas - and the people - that so powerfully hit a chord with all of youth culture in America and around the world.

“We are going long, and deep, and plan to follow the characters and story lines, the drama, the dreams, the deaths, the disruptions, that have made our narrative one of the most compelling American stories of the last three decades.”

The series is expected to go into production this year and will feature visual effects, celebrity interviews and archival footage

All Def’s CEO Sanjay Sharma added: “With the break-out success of entertainment properties like Straight Outta Compton and Moonlight in film, Empire and Atlanta in television, even Hamilton on Broadway, there could not be a better time to tell this story about the embryonic days of hip hop."

[Photo: Baby Skinz]

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