Documentary Tip: “Hip-Hop Evolution” by Darby Wheeler

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Hip-Hop Evolution is the latest documentary by Darby Wheeler about the history of Hip Hop you can watch on Netflix, including Grandmaster Flash & LL Cool J

In the documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution, Canadian rapper Shadrach Kabango alias Shad visits legendary hip-hop greats like Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Ice-T, and Run-D.M.C. in New York and LA, diving into their stories about the history of the genre. With the assistance of exceptional visual and sound recordings, suddenly you find yourself attending the first DJ parties held by Kool Herc in 70s New York, standing on stage with Run-D.M.C., and prowling the dangerous streets of LA with N.W.A. It’s hard to sit still on the couch.

It’s not just the music that will stay with you, but also the expressive outfits. Sportswear conquers the streets and asserts itself even more with accessories like oversized gold chains and lots of bling bling. The cult of the designer and the brand is also enormous: If there’s not a well-placed logo on it, you’ll hardly see it, and men and women alike wear the newest sneakers on their feet – of course by Adidas, Nike, or Puma.

Darby Wheeler’s documentary shows that hip-hop is more than just music and he takes an impressive approach in presenting the five elements of the genre: MCing (the voice), B-boying (the dancing), DJing (the music), graffiti (the art), und knowledge (the consciousness).

Once an American youth movement, over the years its influence has grown and developed into a worldwide art, culture, and music scene – a global genre. With Hip-Hop Evolution, the director pays his respect to this phenomenon.

And the hip-hop made back then is still an inspiration today. For example, designer Marc Jacobs showed his new Fall/Winter 2017 collection at New York Fashion Week last month and said himself that this four-part series was an inspiration. Born and raised in New York City, he discovered the influence hip-hop had on music, art, and design during his time at the High School of Art & Design.

For more inspiration listen to this hip-hop playlist here:

The four-part documentary Hip Hop Evolution is currently available on Netflix. More information and updates can also be found on its own website and Instagram account @hiphopevolution
Translation: Melissa Frost