From executive producer Questlove, each episode of the new six part documentary series Hip Hop: the Songs That Shook America focuses on a groundbreaking song pivotal to the evolution of American music and culture.
The new AMC series will have its South African premiere on Tuesday 18 February at 21:00 on SundanceTV (DStv 108). From executive producers Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson, Tariq' Black Thought' Trotter, Alex Gibney and directors Erik Parker and One9, each episode of the new six-part documentary series focuses on a groundbreaking song pivotal to the evolution of American music and culture.
Artists, their collaborators and other influential musical and cultural figures deconstruct compositions, revisit the impact the song had on them personally, and dissect the socio-economic and cultural conditions that inspired the landmark work and gave voice to a generation. The first episode takes a look at Kanye West's Jesus Walks and unpacks why it is one of the most iconic songs in music history.
Other episodes include Kendrick Lamar's Alright, Run-D.M.C.'s Rock Box and Queen Latifah's Ladies First.
Well-known guests, including Big Boi from Outkast, Ludacris, Pharrell, Eminem, John Legend and many more, discuss how each song challenged the period in which it was produced.
HERE'S A BREAKDOWN OF EACH EPISODE AND WHEN IT WILL AIR:
Episode One: Jesus Walks
Premieres 18 February
In an era of excess, a Christian rap song challenges the church. It changes its own ideas about religion and rap music.
Episode Two: Alright
Premieres 25 February
Making protest music in the era of Black Lives Matter, Alright becomes the unsaid anthem for hope.
Episode Three: Rock Box
Premieres 3 March
How one song tore down the barriers between rock & hip hop, race and class on American radio and television.
Episode Four: Elevators
Premieres 10 March
Hip hop's southern voice breaks through with an unsuspecting song that redefines rap's cultural and geographic boundaries.
Episode Five: The Bridge
Premieres 17 March
A song designed to foster community pride ignites hip hop's most epic rap battle.
Episode Six: Ladies First
Premieres 24 March
At the height of hip hop's misogynistic themes, the culture bows down to their queens of rap.