Release Date: September 2016
10. The Super Producers
Season 4, Episode 3
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9. Do the Knowledge
Season 2, Episode 3
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.
8. The New Guard
Season 1, Episode 3
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.
7. New York State of Mind
Season 2, Episode 4
In the early 1990s, a new wave of East Coast artists emerges, led by Nas, Wu-Tang Clan and the Notorious B.I.G.
6. The Foundation
Season 1, Episode 1
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.
5. Out the Trunk: The Bay
Season 2, Episode 2
In the Bay Area, Too Short channels pimp culture, MC Hammer becomes rap’s first pop star, and Digital Underground introduces the world to Tupac Shakur.
4. Pass the Mic
Season 3, Episode 3
Alternative hip-hop bubbles up from the streets: Mos Def spits in New York, the Freestyle Fellowship chops it up in LA, and Eminem battles on the circuit.
3. The Underground to the Mainstream
Season 1, Episode 2
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.”
2. The Dirty South
Season 3, Episode 4
A hot, sticky music scene is born in Atlanta, Georgia, as the infectious hooks of TLC and Kris Kross yield to the gritty originality of OutKast and Goodie Mob.
1. A Tale of Two Coasts
Season 3, Episode 1
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 and Notorious B.I.G.