“Finally an official documentary [ Hip-Hop Evolution ] about hip-hop.”— Grandmaster Caz, Hip-Hop pioneer and member of the Cold Crush Brothers. 

“Necessary viewing not only for music historians, but for anyone who considers themselves a student of the game.” — Exclaim!

TORONTO (December 1, 2016) – The real story of hip-hop finds a home on Netflix this month with HIP-HOP EVOLUTION, an original four-part documentary series produced by Banger Films, the award-winning company behind the international hit series Metal Evolution, in partnership with Bell Media. After a world premiere at Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival this spring, and a successful run on premium television in Canada on HBO Canada, Banger announces HIP-HOP EVOLUTION will be available world-wide outside of Canada through Netflix, beginning December 2, 2016.

HIP-HOP EVOLUTION travels back to 1970s Bronx and Harlem, unveiling how hip-hop evolved from its beginnings as a New York house-party experiment, to the global phenomenon it is today, and more importantly, how it created a voice for the disenfranchised. The power-house documentary, hosted by MC Shad Kabango, features interviews with the pioneers that started it all: hip-hop’s “Holy Trinity” of Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash — as well musical legends LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Ice T, Chuck D, Melle Mel, MC Eiht, Rakim, Run-D.M.C, and many more.

The four-part series was written by Rodrigo Bascuñán, and directed by Darby Wheeler (THE HOUR) with co-direction by Scot McFayden (RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE), and Sam Dunn (METAL: A HEADBANGER’S JOURNEY).

“Like millions of people around the world, hip-hop has been a huge part of our lives,” explains director Darby Wheeler. “The series is our way of paying hip-hop back a little bit. We wanted to create a platform for the pioneers and innovators of hip-hop to tell their story, in their words.”

Banger Films co-founder Scot McFayden adds, “This was a huge project for Banger and we’re really proud of what we created, and more importantly we’re really excited to be able to share it with so many countries and in so many languages.”

  • Antonio Smith

    As a former rap artists and now music consultant, I would often recommend to all the new up and coming rap artists to learn the history of hip hop before pursuing it. Evolution of Hip Hop has become one of the most prolific documentaries on Hip Hop next to The Furious Rhymes of Hip Hop, and The Art of Rap, that highlights the hip hop culture from its roots to today. For any artists looking to get into hip hop, please watch these documentaries to fully understand the craft before disrespecting the founders and true artists who are emcees and not rappers. Any body can be a rapper, but it takes true skills to be an emcee.