An example of this is the amazing series from the Legendary Chuck D of the Iconic group Public Enemy. His Docu-series on PBS is a perfect representation of how we all feel about the culture. So enjoy this Instant Classic and celebrate Chuck D, our living legend in all that he does!
“Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World”
“Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World” is an incredible narrative of struggle, triumph and resistance that will be brought to life through the lens of an art form that has chronicled the emotions, experiences and expressions of Black and Brown communities: Hip Hop. In the aftermath of America’s racial and political reckoning in 2020, the perspectives and stories shared in Hip Hop are key to understanding injustice in the U.S. over the last half-century.
More About the Show
Authored by Public Enemy’s Chuck D, who famously labeled Hip Hop as “the Black CNN” for bringing the stories of the street to the mainstream, this story will include personal testimonies of the MCs, DJs, graffiti artists, filmmakers, politicians and opinion formers who created and shaped its direction as it grew from an underground movement in the Bronx to the most popular music genre in the U.S. and the fastest growing genre in the world today.
Featuring interviews from A-list talent like Killer Mike, Will.i.am, Monie Love, Ice-T, Roxanne Shante, MC Lyte and many more, the series will paint a portrait of the unique relationship between Hip Hop and the political history of the U.S.
Episode 1 | The Foundation
Discover the factors that led to the birth of Hip Hop and its first socially conscious hit “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 1982.
Episode 2 | Under Siege
Explore the 1980s and the birth of Hip Hop as social commentary in the Reagan Era with the emergence of artists like Public Enemy, KRS-One, Ice-T, and NWA.
Episode 3 | Culture Wars
Experience the 1990s during the Clinton years and the unstoppable rise in popularity of Hip Hop, which becomes a force that is attacked by all sides of the political establishment.
Episode 4 | Still Fighting
Follow the evolution of Hip Hop as its artists turn into multimillionaires and successful entrepreneurs. As a cultural phenomenon, Hip Hop continues to change history and is adopted as the voice of protest around the world.
When you are a Fan or supporter of any cultural movement, you are dedicated to helping its development and growth. So when Hip Hop started to gain popularity and emerge from ground zero on a collision course with Entertainment’s mainstream, those of us within the Hip Hop community filled with unbearable excitement when our heroes from the art form garnered praise and inclusion.
Examples of this euphoria were present when movies like Style Wars and Wild Style was made. When LLCool J first appeared on American Bandstand or when Rapper’s Delight and “Planet Rock,” and the “Message dominated radio.