As a DC kid hip-hop was the soundtrack of my girlhood (especially Go-Go
). I didn’t understand the cultural significance, I just knew it made me want to dance. Even now, I can shake my ass with the best of them. My enjoyment was a more shallow pleasure. I remember loving it but not really understanding its significance.
Enter this excellent docu-series. The interviews layered with black history are fascinating. It’s helping me to understand hip-hop wasn’t just about shock and rebellion, it was about freedom and opportunity. These musicians were bright young men and women who grabbed ahold of a phenomenon and used it for a deeply personal expression. It was a trap-door out of poverty, and a narrative of Black Americans lives.
Really well done.