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From executive producer Malcolm Spellman and Oscar® and Emmy®-winning production company Lightbox, comes Hip Hop Uncovered, an examination of a dying breed of power brokers who operate from the shadows of hip hop.


Set against 40 years of music history, this six-part documentary series takes a deep dive into the paradox of America’s criminalization of the genre and its fascination with the street culture that created it and still exists within it. Instead of telling the story of hip hop from the top down, Hip Hop Uncovered tells the story from the streets up, as it reveals the untold story of how America’s streets helped shape hip hop culture from an expression of survival and defiance into music’s most dominant genre.


Hip Hop Uncovered is executive produced by Jonathan Chinn and Simon Chinn from Lightbox along with Malcolm Spellman, Rashidi Natara Harper, Eugene “Big U” Henley, Jimmy “JimBob” Chris, Douglas Banker and BJ Levin, and is co-executive produced by Stephen Neely. Harper is also a director for the series.

Streaming on FXNOW

Season 1
Season 1

Sn.1 Ep.5

"Industry Rule Number 4080: Record Company People Are Shady"

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Industry Rule Number 4080: Record Company People Are Shady

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With hip hop becoming the world’s most popular music genre, our OGs find themselves facing a dilemma, join the establishment or keep to the code of the street?

58 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 02/26

Sn.1 Ep.6

"Victory Lap"

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Victory Lap

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Our contributors become modern-day Robin Hoods as they change their communities for the better through leadership. As 2020 is ushered in, hip hop now faces its largest challenge yet. Will it be the voice of the oppressed during historic times?

59 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 02/26

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"Sh*t's Real"

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Sh*t's Real

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Our OGs get more involved with the music. They learn the details of management, producing and developing artists. However, their pasts catch up to them. By the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles, the main contributors found themselves doing time.

55 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 02/19

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"Things Just Ain’t The Same For Gangstas"

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Things Just Ain’t The Same For Gangstas

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As the drug game dried up in the streets, a new hustle emerged...hip hop. After time in prison, we catch up with the five main contributors.

56 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 02/19

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"Cash Rules Everything Around Me"

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Cash Rules Everything Around Me

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Our OGs learn to hustle, hoping to make a better life for their families. The lessons they learn provide them unique business acumen that will one day serve them in the music business.

52 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 02/12

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"A Child Is Born With No State of Mind"

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A Child Is Born With No State of Mind

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Hip Hop Uncovered introduces five main contributors (Big U, Deb, Trick Trick, Bimmy and Haitian Jack). They are the unsung heroes of hip hop’s legacy. They are the men and women who worked in the shadows to affect hip hop at the highest levels.

56 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 02/12


  • “STREAM IT. Hip Hop Uncovered has found a great angle to make the history of hip hop fresh again”
    - Decider
  • “Wild, well told stories”
    - TIME
  • “great storytellers telling unique tales”
    - The Hollywood Reporter
  • “dynamic docuseries digs deep”
    - TV Insider
  • “unique, thrilling, and captivating and is not to be missed by any music fan”
    - Decider
  • “masterfully crafted”
    - A Day in LA