Russell Simmons is more than qualified to produce a documentary on the history of Hip-Hop. So he’s finally doing it.
With Hip-Hop undeniably being the new “pop” music and a new generation that’s either ignorant of or thirsty for more knowledge of it, now is as good a time as ever for more documentaries on the culture.
The latest to announce their contribution is the OG Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons. Simmons announced that he will be producing a series called The Definitive History Of Hip-Hop.
Weaving filmed scenes and classic documentary treatments together with VFX, archival footage and celebrity interviews, The Definitive History of Hip Hop tells the personal stories of the pioneers of hip hop and rap, set against the larger historical context of a country in turmoil. From DJ Hollywood and Run-D.M.C. to Dr. Dre and Jay Z, the expansive series captures the mystique and magnetism of the personalities and music that helped transform the American mindset and, in the process, set off a global movement premised on speaking truth to power.
“Hip hop began in the Bronx and Queens and was fueled by pioneering new artists with an incredible hunger to express themselves in unimaginably bold new ways,” Simmons said via statement. “The Definitive History of Hip Hop is the untold story of the birth of this art form. The series gets behind the scenes of what drove the beats, the rhymes, the ideas — and the people — that so powerfully hit a chord with all of youth culture in America and around the world.”
While Simmons did not create Hip-Hop, nor was he the first person to start a Hip-Hop record label, he was a pioneer in making the culture a global phenomenon thanks to founding Def Jam Records and managing Run-DMC.
The project is in development and slated to begin production this year. It will be released through All Def Digital.