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.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.