Def Jam’s Russell Simmons to produce The Definitive History of Hip Hop documentary series

Def Jam’s Russell Simmons to produce The Definitive History of Hip Hop documentary series

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From its ’70s birth to the present day boom.

Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons has announced a new documentary series, The Definitive History of Hip-Hop, reports Pitchfork.

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“The Definitive History of Hip Hop is the untold story of the birth of this art form,” said Simmons in a press release.

“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.”

All Def CEO Sanjay Sharma added: “With the breakout success of entertainment properties like Straight Outta Compton and Moonlight in film, Empire and Atlanta in television, even Hamilton on Broadway, there could not be a better time to tell this story about the embryonic days of hip hop.”

Featuring filmed scenes, visual effects, archival footage and interviews, The Definitive History of Hip-Hop is expected to go into production this year.