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HBO Canada takes Wheeler’s “Hip-Hop Evolution”

HBO Canada has set an early September air date for Canadian filmmaker Darby Wheeler's music docuseries Hip-Hop Evolution (pictured) from Banger Films.
August 17, 2016

HBO Canada has set an early September air date for Canadian filmmaker Darby Wheeler‘s music docuseries Hip-Hop Evolution (pictured).

The 4 x 60-minute series, which held its world premiere at last year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, finds Canadian rapper and former radio host Shad traveling to the Bronx and Harlem to talk with hip-hop icons including Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Ice T, Chuck D, MC Eiht, DJ Yella, and Run-D.M.C.

Originally commissioned by Bell Media and produced in partnership with Banger Films, Hip-Hop Evolution revisits New York City in the 1970s to reveal how the genre evolved from a house-party experiment to global phenomenon, and how it created a voice for the disenfranchised.

The docuseries will be accompanied by a digital and interactive extension titled Find Your Rap Origins, which was developed by the Toronto- and LA-based digital content studio Secret Location. The interactive content, which will be made available here, allows users to create and trace their own hip-hop evolution story.

Hip-Hop Evolution was directed by Wheeler with co-direction by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn. Kathleen Meek serves as executive producer.

Hip-Hop Evolution premieres September 4 at 9 p.m. EST/PST on HBO Canada. At present, it isn’t slated to air on HBO U.S.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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