Planet Rock: The Story Of Hip Hop And The Crack Generation

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twenty-five years after crack cocaine ravaged American cities,this documentary explores how the drug also transformed popular culture, especially hip-hop. Narrated and executive produced by Ice-T, “Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation” is the first documentary to focus specifically on the connections between crack and hip-hop. Based primarily on the first-person accounts of four famous dealers-turned-rappers, the film also widens its lens at points to show how crack changed America culturally, socially and politically. Using rare footage, photos, and animation, all set to the beats and rhymes of the iconic hip hop tracks of the day, the documentary explores how media hysteria, racism and political reaction produced policies and laws that have left us with the largest — and most disproportionately African-American — prison population in the world. Crack first appeared in the early 1980s, but by 1986, it was raging through the inner cities of America like wildfire, leaving pain, grief, and death in its wake. With candid, never-before-seen interviews from survivors, including Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, and the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Raekwon, “Planet Rock” examines the hardships young men encountered growing up in impoverished neighborhoods, which led many to deal crack cocaine as their only way out. This destructive drug not only provided an escape, but also paved the way for an entrance into hip-hop. More than any other art form, hip-hop reflected and documented the crack epidemic. The chaos and madness of the crack phenomenon was fused with the sound and style of hip-hop during its formative years. From the gold dookie chain to Gucci, many hip-hop artists were influenced by the look and fashion of infamous dealers like Azie Faison in Harlem, who is prominently featured in the documentary, along with Freeway Ricky Ross, the Godfather of Crack in LA. As hip-hop became increasingly popular, the fascination with crime and gangster culture, specifically the violence inherent in crack culture, became ingrained in the music. And soon the very kids dealing crack were turning their street tales into hit records. After serving hard time in jail, Snoop Dogg became the biggest rapper of his day; after a bullet in the back nearly killed him, B Real went legit with Cypress Hill; and after crafting their business model on the crack hustle, RZA and Raekwon turned the Wu Tang Clan into a hip hop empire. As journalist Cheo Choker reflects, “it’s fascinating to think that Jay Z, a global icon who had better seats at President Obama’s inauguration than Jesse Jackson, was once a New York City crack dealer.”

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  • the talisman

    wow, loved it!!! excellent documentary…that’s how you put the pieces together.

    • lu

      ya get far from that ya a lucky girl.. call me lucky

    • lu

      ya get far from that ya a lucky girl.. call me lucky

    • lu

      ya get far from that ya a lucky girl.. call me lucky

    • lu

      ya get far from that ya a lucky girl.. call me lucky

  • Gabriel

    This is not rock and roll music

    • Marcus Nilsson

      Thanks for stating the obvious. The title says The story of HIPHOP….

  • gook

    y the hell is  WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT claiming copywrite on this video and made it blcoke on youtube  

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  • lollo

    Could somone give me a tracklist of the documentation?

  • ukdeedee

    can somone tell me how i can find the fim called HARLEM its about a black guy who plays basketball but turned int a herion addict his woman and little son left him he had a friend in a wheel chair who had no hands they hang out eventuly the guy in wheel chair gets killed and the guy gets the jail when he gets the jail the nurse hands him methadone he refuses it goes bk to his cell goes cold turkey he gets out gets bk with his woman and son they start to clean up the harlem basketball area and he teaches his son his son becomes a good player i think it was called HARLEM i just cant find it if u reconise this film and its called somthing else please let me know it made me change my life one night i was watching it in the early hours in the UK i was a herion addict it made me go cold turkey i have that film to thank its about the drugs gangster going ons in harlem x

  • ukdeedee

    sorry the guy in the wheel chair takes a herion overdose