‘Hip-Hop Evolution’, a Canadian music documentary series, premiered in 2016 on HBO Canada. Highly acclaimed, it went on to win a Peabody in 2016 and an Emmy in 2017. The show’s narrative revolves around the evolution of hip-hop music through the years. Celebrities from the world of that genre of music are featured in the series including interviews and discussions. Recently, it was picked up by Netflix and debuted on the streaming service in December 2016.
Season 4 of ‘Hip-Hop Evolution’ will premiere on January 17, 2020.
The episodes include host Shad Kabando interviewing the biggest influencers and figures in the hip-hop genres. They also discuss the impact of hip-hop on music culture and what its future holds in the industry.
The series goes into the journey of rap from the ’70s, ’90s and it’s current culture. Legends that preceded the now huge genre of music and how they paved their way through hip-hop, is portrayed through discussions and interviews. Not only does the audience learn about icons, influential bands such as Run-DMC and Public Enemy are also talked about along with the social aspect of hip-hop between the East and West Coast. Audiences will get to understand the earliest years of hip-hop as they meet musicians, producers, and DJs.
The series is hosted by Shad Kabango, most commonly known by his stage name Shad or Shad K. He is a Canadian alternative hip-hop recording artist and a music journalist. His also a broadcaster that is a host for ‘Q’ on CBC Radio One.
With three successful seasons under its belt, the audience got to learn about the faces behind the biggest hip-hop songs known — such as DJ Kool, Run-DMC, Ice-T, 2 Live Crew, Notorious Big and Wu-Tang Clan. In Season 3, the series dove into other big names such as Big Suge and P.Diddy. Not to mention, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash, the founders of hip-hop are also part of this highly rated show. Other feature names include Coke La Rock, The Furious Five, Fab Five Freddy, Marley Marl, Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh, Whodini, Warp 9, DJ Hollywood, Spoonie Gee, The Sugarhill Gang and Russell Simmons.
The series is produced by Russell Peters, Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn and Nelson George.
Where to watch
Catch all seasons of ‘Hip-Hop Evolution’ on Netflix. Season 4 of the documentary series will premiere with four episodes on January 17, 2020.
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