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Meet the kings and queens of hip-hop.

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.

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1
Child Is Born with No State of Mind, A

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.

2
Cash Rules Everything Around Me

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.

3
Sh*t's Real

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 time of civil unrest in 1992 Los Angeles, the main contributors found themselves doing time.

4
Things Just Ain’t the Same for Gangstas

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: Big U manages Kurupt, Deb moves to Atlanta, Haitian Jack works with the Fugees, Bimmy is hired at Def Jam and Trick Trick records his first album.

5
Industry Rule Number 4080: Record Company People Are Shady

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?

6
Victory Lap

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?

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