Hip Hop music has always been a big part of my life. Once I got old enough to actually control the radio in the car and could start spending my allowance on glorious cassette tapes, hip hop took over most of my collection. While I may have a 30 year love affair with the musical genre, I had no idea how little of the history behind hip hop I knew. The new Netflix 4-part series “Hip Hop Evolution” opened my eyes to the historical past of hip hop’s roots. I loved every minute of this documentary series.
The filmmaker has interview after interview after interview with people there from the very beginning. DJ Hollywood, and Sugarhill Gang to more contemporary artists like Ice Cube and LL Cool J. Grandmaster Flash, Kool Moe Dee, members of the Cold Crush Brothers and Fantastic Five (who battled in one of the original mixtapes in 1981) all make appearances throughout the episodes. The differences in how east coast rap and west coast rap developed was fascinating to me. I would have to say that out of the 4 parts, “The Rise of Gangsta Rap” was one of the best. Talking about the LA Riots and other inner city insanity that was going on to give birth to this section of hip hop that became so large.
I would give the 9 out of 10 hands up in the air like I just don’t care.
Also of note, the theme song, “Hip Hop” by Dead Prez has been a long time favorite of mine and a great song to blast out your windows as you pimp through the city.