Arts and Music

Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

Chuck D of Public Enemy explores Hip Hop’s political awakening over the last 50 years. With a host of rap stars and cultural commentators he tracks Hip Hop’s socially conscious roots. From The Message to Fight The Power 2020, he examines how Hip Hop has become "the Black CNN."

Still Fighting

55m 7s

Follow the evolution of Hip Hop as its artists turn into multimillionaires and successful entrepreneurs. As a cultural phenomenon, Hip Hop continues to change history and is adopted as the voice of protest around the world.

Episodes

  • Still Fighting: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Still Fighting

    S1 E4 - 55m 7s

    Follow the evolution of Hip Hop as its artists turn into multimillionaires and successful entrepreneurs. As a cultural phenomenon, Hip Hop continues to change history and is adopted as the voice of protest around the world.

  • Culture Wars: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Culture Wars

    S1 E3 - 55m 13s

    Experience the 1990s during the Clinton years and the unstoppable rise in popularity of Hip Hop, which becomes a force that is attacked by all sides of the political establishment.

  • Under Siege: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Under Siege

    S1 E2 - 55m 7s

    Explore the 1980s and the birth of Hip Hop as social commentary in the Reagan Era with the emergence of artists like Public Enemy, KRS-One, Ice-T, and NWA.

  • The Foundation: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Foundation

    S1 E1 - 55m 3s

    Discover the factors that led to the birth of Hip Hop and its first socially conscious hit The Message by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 1982.

Extras + Features

  • Hip Hop Artists Mobilize for Obama: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hip Hop Artists Mobilize for Obama

    S1 E4 - 3m 20s

    The series finale examines the role Hip Hop artists played electing Barack Obama to President of the United States. Also examines Young Jeezy's song, My President is Black as an homage to this historical moment. Featuring artists P Diddy and Jay-Z in archival interviews as well as new sit-downs with Chuck D, Killer Mike, Ice-T, Fat Joe, MC Lyte and academic Dr. Kaye Whitehead.

  • After Hurricane Katrina Hit, Hip Hop Stars Stepped Up: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    After Hurricane Katrina Hit, Hip Hop Stars Stepped Up

    S1 E4 - 2m 40s

    Hip Hop community stands up for Hurricane Katrina victims, many of whom feel abandoned by their government following a lackluster response to the crisis. Lil Wayne recounts personal experience of losing his family in the storm (in archive). Chuck D and Killer Mike also describe watching the catastrophe unfold. Also featuring Dr. Kaye Whitehead and Hip Hop journalist journalist Rodney Carmichael.

  • Episode 4 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 4 Preview

    S1 E4 - 30s

    Follow the evolution of Hip Hop as its artists turn into multimillionaires and successful entrepreneurs. As a cultural phenomenon, Hip Hop continues to change history and is adopted as the voice of protest around the world.

  • ‘Tough on Crime’ Bill Translates into Mass Incarceration: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    ‘Tough on Crime’ Bill Translates into Mass Incarceration

    S1 E3 - 4m 58s

    As a result of a new crime bill during the Clinton administration, 1 in 3 Black males get caught up in the criminal justice system. Featuring interviews with Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, author Nelson George, journalist Dr. Rosa Alicia Clemente, and Leah Wright Rigeur.

  • Episode 3 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 3 Preview

    S1 E3 - 30s

    Experience the 1990s during the Clinton years and the unstoppable rise in popularity of Hip Hop, which becomes a force that is attacked by all sides of the political establishment.

  • 90's Hip Hop Reflected Realities on the Street: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    90's Hip Hop Reflected Realities on the Street

    S1 E3 - 2m 10s

    Hip Hop continues to establish itself in the 1990s, reflecting the social reality faced by many African Americans in disadvantaged communities ravaged by drugs, gangs, and crime. Featuring artists Warren G, journalist Soren Baker, historian Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, and Leah Wright Rigeur.

  • The First Feminist Hip Hop Anthem: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The First Feminist Hip Hop Anthem

    S1 E3 - 2m 5s

    Queen Latifah's feminist Hip Hop statement 'Ladies First' is released, making her an inspiration to women, especially Black women, and cements herself as a pioneer in Hip Hop. Featuring archival footage of Queen Latifah and Moni Love. Also includes new interviews with Monica Lynch of Tommy Boy Records, journalist Sway Calloway, and academic Dr. Kaye Whitehead.

  • The Police and Gangs Of Southern California: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Police and Gangs Of Southern California

    S1 E2 - 2m 18s

    Rapper Ice-T, academic Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, and journalist Soren Baker explore the antagonistic relationship that evolved between the Black community and police in Southern California and the music that came out of it.

  • Episode 2 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 2 Preview

    S1 E2 - 30s

    Explore the 1980s and the birth of Hip Hop as social commentary in the Reagan Era with the emergence of artists like Public Enemy, KRS-One, Ice-T, and NWA. Premieres Feb. 7 on pbs.org and the PBS App. Check local listings for TV schedules.

  • How Public Enemy's 'Fight The Power' Became an Anthem: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How Public Enemy's 'Fight The Power' Became an Anthem

    S1 E2 - 2m 55s

    Spike Lee looks to Public Enemy for a song to feature on his new film, 'Do the Right Thing.' 'Fight the Power' becomes a rallying cry in the face of oppression. Featuring Public Enemy's Chuck D, Spike Lee's cinematographer Ernest Dickerson, and academic Dr. Kaye Whitehead.

  • The Birth Of Hip Hop: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Birth Of Hip Hop

    S1 E1 - 1m 34s

    Four cultures - Rap, Breaking, Graffiti Art, and DJing - are brought together by DJ Kool Herc to create Hip Hop. Featuring interviews with Chuck D of Public Enemy, Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, and KRS-One.

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