Hip-Hop Evolution

There’s no doubt hip-hop dominates popular music culture today. Its influences are far-reaching and its performers international superstars. How did this New York house party experiment evolve into one of the most dominant sounds in music? The Banger Films team behind Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey and Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage brings a powerhouse of a film starring hip-hop legends and pioneers to trace the genre’s evolution. Acclaimed Canadian rapper Shad acts as our informed and enthusiastic guide, travelling to the Bronx and Harlem to talk with hip-hop’s originators and biggest stars—Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash, among many others—tracing the music’s development and influences from the underground to the global phenomenon it is today. Fascinating and sometimes surprising, full of music and archival film, Hip-Hop Evolution goes beyond the hype to place hip-hop in the canon of musical history.