Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

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Sociopolitical Documentary hosted by Chuck D, published by BBC in 2023 - English narration

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The beats that broke new ground. How hip hop emerged from underground New York into a global force for change and empowerment - as told by icons Chuck D, Ice-T, Run DMC and more.

[edit] Chapter 1: The Foundation

Public Enemy frontman Chuck D explores rap's political awakening over the past 50 years, revealing how hip-hop became a global force for change after its emergence in the Bronx in the 1970s. In the first edition, Chuck is joined by a host of stars including Melle Mel, KRS-One, Fat Joe, John Forte and Grandmaster Caz to chart the deep roots of hip-hop, from the tumultuous 1960s, the despoliation of 1970s New York, the influence of DJ Kool Herc and socially conscious hit The Message by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 1982.

[edit] Chapter 2: Under Siege

Public Enemy frontman Chuck D explores the genre in the 1980s, when police clampdowns due to the crack epidemic prompted the emergence of socially conscious rap, with his own band Public Enemy leading the way. On the West Coast, hip-hop's reaction to racial profiling is even fiercer as NWA and Ice-T respond to increasing police brutality with lyrical rage, with the anger finally erupting onto the streets of Los Angeles in May 1992 after four LAPD officers were acquitted of using excessive force in the arrest and beating of Rodney King.

[edit] Chapter 3: Culture Wars

Chuck D, fellow rap stars and cultural commentators explore the meteoric rise of hip-hop and gangster rap in the 1990s during a tumultuous period in US history. In the years after the Los Angeles riots of 1992, hip-hop was accused of promoting violence and misogyny, all while reaching new commercial success and seeing the rise of a wave of confident female rappers.

[edit] Chapter 4: Still Fighting

Chuck D, fellow hip-hop stars and cultural commentators tell the story of how the rap industry hit extraordinary heights going into the new millennium, using its power and influence to effect change in ways that were unthinkable when the culture was first born - culminating in the global protests over the death of George Floyd.

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  • Video Codec: x265 CABAC Main@L3.1
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 20 (~1208Kbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1280x720
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: 128Kbps CVBR 48KHz (215Kbps peak)
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 4 x 59 mins
  • Number Of Parts: 1 (4 chapters)
  • Part Size: 2.20 GB
  • Source: HDTV (1080i/h264 4302Kbps VBR 8.20GB)
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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