Steve Stoute’s 2011 book, "The Tanning Of America", was a revolutionary look at the history of hip-hop culture, and in early 2014, the book will be the basis for VH1′s latest Rock Doc This very special four-part series will include interviews with everyone from Diddy and Pharrell to Al Sharpton to Cory Booker and takes a look at how hip-hop has played a role not just in the entertainment world but in politics, civil rights and American culture as a whole.
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All Around the World 01x04
2000 - present: From Eminem to hip hop empires; Sean John and Rocawear; Vitamin Water and Beats by Dre; hip hop slang pervades the culture; Ice Cube, Ice T and Queen Latifah become loveable TV and film stars; the dawn of a new political movement in hip hop; Vote or Die; Hurricane Katrina and the election of the first African American president.
Gimme the Loot 01x03
1993 - 1999: The rise of Snoop and Dr. Dre, hip hop hits the suburbs; Tommy Hilfiger turns hip hop fashion into millions; Biggie and Puffy, Jay and Nas, Ghetto Fabulous and Bling; the influence of music videos; Vibe magazine; the rise of FUBU and Jacob the Jeweler; Will Smith saving the world in Independence Day; Mariah Carey teams with OBD to create "hip pop" and Time Magazine proclaiming America as a "hip hop nation."
Fight the Power 01x02
The years 1987 through 1992 are detailed. Included: political and gangsta rap; hip-hop movies; TV's "In Living Color"; the Beastie Boys; Vanilla Ice; and racial strife in the U.S.
Word Is Bond (Pilot) 01x01
Hip-hop as a pop-cultural movement is examined in a four-part documentary. The premiere details 1970 through 1986. Included: groundbreaking television, including "The Jeffersons"; the birth of hip-hop; and the rise of Def Jam and Run-DMC.