Hip-Hop Evolution is a four-part documentary series that explores the history of hip-hop with Grandmaster Flash, Kurtis Blow, Ice Cube, and more. It's hosted by rapper Shad, and was made by the team that created Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey.
The series was first introduced at Toronto's Hot Docs Festival, and it also featured on HBO. It is now available to stream on Netflix in its entirety.
It goes into the history of the genre from its genesis in Harlem to becoming a global phenomena. It focuses on those early years in New York and then LA and how the genre helped became a reflection of modern society, while also shaping popular culture. We see it go mainstream and then the backlash, notably to the brashness and anti-authority attitudes of the N.W.A.
Watch the trailer below and watch now on Netflix.