VH1’s Controversial History of Crack Cocaine & Hip-Hop Airs
VH1’s controversial ‘Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation’ documentary aired last night (Sept. 18), exploring the interrelationship between rap music and crack cocaine, with appearances by rap legends like Snoop Dogg, B-Real, Raekwon, and The RZA, alongside former drug kingpins “Freeway” Ricky Ross and Azie Faison.
“To my memory, crack mighta hit around 1984,” RZA recalls in the two-hour special. “I remember my cousin Dirty was hanging out, and we was goin’ to get some weed. He’s like ‘Hold, let’s get some crack, too!’ I was like ‘What the f— is that?’ He’s like ‘Put the crack in the weed!’ I’m like ‘Alright, f— it, you know, let’s do it.’ And we did it. We smoked it!”
“The first time I became aware of rock cocaine was when I spent a summer at one of my homeboys’ house, J-Dogg in North Long Beach,” Snoop explained. “He was hustlin’ and I seen the little rocks in his hand I’m like ‘Man, what is that?’ He’s like ‘Money.'”
The show’s narrator and executive producer Ice-T made headlines just days before the show aired, by making disparaging statements about rapper Rick Ross, whose history as a corrections officer and legal battle with crack pioneer Freeway Ricky Ross are both covered in the doc.
“Rick Ross stole a n—-‘s name. I call him ‘Identity Crisis,'” Ice-T said.
“Rick Ross stole my name and my identity,” Freeway Ricky Ross added. “He’s been living the fraud. He’s never sold drugs. He was a correctional officer. He’s not me. He’s not Rick Ross.”