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Russell Simmons to Release ‘The Definitive History of Hip-Hop’ Documentary Series

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If there’s anyone who’s qualified to spearhead a documentary on the beginnings of hip-hop, it would be Russell Simmons, and now he’s doing just that.

Through his company All Def Digital, the mogul and cultural icon is creating an entire series called The Definitive History of Hip-Hop, which he says will tell the story of how the music was shaped and what inspired those first generation artists. The doc will also cover modern-day rap and some of its current stars.

“Hip-Hop began in the Bronx and Queens and was fueled by pioneering new artists with an incredible hunger to express themselves in unimaginably bold new ways,” said Simmons. “The Definitive History of Hip-Hop is the untold story of the birth of this art form. The series gets behind the scenes of what drove the beats, the rhymes, the ideas.”

There’s no release datefor the series yet, but All Def’s CEO, Sanjay Sharma, said the time to put it out couldn’t be any more perfect.

“With the breakout success of entertainment properties like Straight Outta Compton and Moonlight in film, Empire and Atlanta in television, even Hamilton on Broadway, there could not be a better time to tell this story about the embryonic days of hip-hop,” Sharma said.

We’ll be sure to keep you abreast of any details surrounding the doc as they emerge.

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