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(Documentary) From DJ Herc to 2 Chainz-Hip Hop Evolution

Rapper 2 Chainz poses for a photo at the BET Hip Hop Awards, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at the Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)


**FILE**DJ Kool Herc speaks at a news conference at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in New York, on Feb. 28, 2006. The rap legend, credited as the founder of hip-hop, is set to kick off a “rap-a-thon” Saturday, May 12, 2007, in New York. It’s a fundraiser for Harlem’s Hip-Hop Culture Center, the city’s first permanent hip-hop exhibit and the community center. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

This is a Hip Hop Station right?! The ONLY Hip Hop Station in Maine, but where did Hip Hop’s roots originate? The documentary Hip-Hop Evolution is a 4-episode series which reveals the birth of one of the most prolific and popular music genres today, Hip Hop. The first episode called “The Foundation” discurses Hip Hop’s rise after the Disco era in South Bronx, New York. Hip Hop rose to power through the DJ Kool Herc’s backbeats in basement parties acted as the foundation to the genre. While Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five became some of the pioneer group aka the group we say “ohhhh I’ve heard of them”.

Hendogg from The Sugarhill Gang, left, Grandmaster Dee of Whodini, center, and Wonder Mike of The Sugarhill Gang, pose for a photo on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2008, prior to the start of a House Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property subcommittee hearing on the “Performing Rights Act”. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Episodes 2 and 3 follow the 1980s known as the Golden Age of Hip Hop when The Sugarhill Gang created “Rapper’s Delight”, listen here…”ohhhh I’ve heard that”. The 80s also welcomed the birth of the famous  Def Jam Records. Def Jam Records have signed some of Hot 104.7’s favorite artists including 2 Chainz, Alessia Cara and Justin Beiber.

LL Cool J performs at Christmas in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)

Episode 4 uncovers the introduction of Hip Hop to the West Coast where Gangsta Rap was born and continues to thrive. The West Coast produced some of the most notable legends like LL Cool J and Grandmaster Caz.

But why talk about this when you can watch it? Check out Hip-Hop Evolution on a Netflix subscription near you!


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