A new docuseries exploring the “Origins of Hip Hop” will debut late next month on the A&E Network.
Various Hip-Hop artists’ stories and where they came from will be explored in the new series, according to A&E Network. The documentary series Origins of Hip Hop produced by Mass Appeal (“Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men,” “Rapture”) explores many of the genre’s most celebrated and groundbreaking artists as they convey their personal experiences that helped mold them in the artists that we know today.
The series, which spans eight hours, will explore the beginnings of Busta Rhymes, Eve, Fat Joe, Grandmaster Flash, Ice-T, Ja Rule, Lil Jon, and Uncle Luke. They take us into what it took for them to go on this long journey of their Hip-Hop career. They reminisce on their personal journeys and how they’ve evolved through their artistic points of view through their own eyes. Origins of Hip Hop is narrated by renowned rapper Nas and it premieres Monday, May 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The initial episode will explore the story of Fat Joe, before it moves to its regular night on Tuesdays starting the next week on June 6th at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
“’Origins of Hip Hop’ expands our boundary-pushing nonfiction programming slate and celebrates the artists and sounds that have helped define a genre and culture,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and Head of Programming for A&E in a written statement. “Alongside our partners at Mass Appeal, we are excited to elevate the voices and stories of this incredible group of artists who helped create and continue to shape the genre today.”
During each episode, the series will dwell on the upbringing that brought each artist to the point of them wanting to pursue a career in Hip-Hop. They will reflect on the moments that shaped them, the obstacles they have overcome, and the lessons they learned along the way. Archival footage will be seen as Nas provides the narration.