Hip-Hop Evolution - TV Review
Netflix has been putting in great effort with their original content. You could make a case for Netflix being better original content creators than actual TV companies, network or cable.
It's not just about the quality. It's also about the variety. They got drama, comedy, stand-up, documentary, TV, film, they aren't afraid to mix it up. A great beneficiary of that willingness to mix it up is Hip-Hop.
I have already reviewed "The Get Down" & Marvel's "Luke Cage" for this site, both are Netflix Originals and both have Hip-Hop connotations. We can also add "Hip-Hop Evolution" to this list. A four-part documentary on the history of Hip-Hop.
The series is a great start for any Hip-Hop student that has just begun to learn about the art. "Hip-Hop Evolution" covers the start of Hip-Hop, referencing the Disco roots Hip-Hop was planted in. To the "Holy Trinity" Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash & Afrika Bambaataa. To The Sugarhill Gang tripping into the first mainstream Hip-Hop record. To Run DMC & Def Jam. Rakim & Big Daddy Kane raising the bar. Public Enemy breaking walls. To the West Coast and Gangsta Rap.
And those are just the highlights.
You could say the success of a documentary lives and dies by the quality of the interviews and guests. If that's your criterion of a great doc, then you'll rate this highly. As the episodes walk through the Hip-Hop timeline we're taken in a figurative tour bus with the main names taking us through their moment in Hip-Hop. "I'm Kool Herc, if you look to your left there's Sedgewick Avenue, where I hosted the first Hip-Hop gathering".
That is pretty much how this documentary is laid out and its real cool to watch. The archive footage is great, the interviews are in depth and if you binge watch it in true Netflix fashion, you'll literally be walking through 25 years of music history and watch Hip-Hop grow before your very eyes with rolling commentary from the people who saw it first hand.
If you're a beginner in Hip-Hop knowledge, it's an essential watch. If you're an expert, I would say watch it anyway. You might actually learn something that'll make you go "Oh really? That's interesting."