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      Season 1 – AMC Visionaries: Rap Yearbook

      2019 Documentary Music List
      100% 6 Reviews Tomatometer From executive producers Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, Shawn Gee and Alex Gibney, each episode of this series focuses on a groundbreaking song pivotal to the evolution of American music and culture. From the early hip-hop battles to verses that sparked hope and inspired change, watch artists deconstruct their composition, revisit the impact the song had on them personally, and dissect the socio-economic and cultural conditions that inspired the landmark work and gave voice to a generation. Read More Read Less

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      Episode 1 Aired Oct 13, 2019 Jesus Walks: 2004 "Jesus Walks" by Kanye West; in an era of excess, a Christian rap song challenges the church and changes its own ideals about religion and rap music. Details Episode 2 Aired Oct 20, 2019 Alright: 2015 "Alright" by Kendrick Lamar; making protest music in the era of Black Lives Matter, "Alright" becomes the unsaid anthem for hope. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 27, 2019 The Songs That Shook America: Rock Box: 1984 "Rock Box" by Run-DMC; how one song tore down the barriers between rock and hip-hop, race and class on American radio and television. Details Episode 4 Aired Nov 3, 2019 Elevators: 1996 "Elevators" by OutKast; hip-hop's Southern voice breaks through with an unsuspecting song that redefines rap's cultural and geographic boundaries. Details Episode 5 Aired Nov 10, 2019 The Bridge: 1986 "The Bridge" by Marley Marl and MC Shan; a song designed to foster community pride ignites hip-hop's most epic rap battle. Details Episode 6 Aired Nov 17, 2019 Ladies First: 1989 "Ladies First" by Queen Latifah; at the height of hip-hop's misogynistic themes, the culture bows down to their queens of rap. Details

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      Jack Hamilton Slate If there's one thing that Songs repeatedly reminds us, it's that hip-hop has always had a big tent, musically, demographically, and philosophically. Feb 1, 2021 Full Review Ellen E Jones Guardian It's the challenge of this series to prove that, at least in some cases, all that hot air is justified. Rated: 4/5 Feb 1, 2021 Full Review Troy Patterson New Yorker On Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America, Questlove and his collaborators approach their topic with the intensity of true nerds. Nov 2, 2019 Full Review Brian Donaldson The List The series is fast and furious, jumping straight in without giving us a sense of curation, hoping that the umbrella title alone will do the heavy lifting. Rated: 3/5 Feb 1, 2021 Full Review Joel Keller Decider Even if you're not a hip hop fan,Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America is a good look at the artistry and creative process of the genre's biggest stars. Oct 14, 2019 Full Review Dominic Patten Deadline Hollywood Daily Filled with legends on both sides of the camera and a fine curation of classic songs... the six episode Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America is for the hardcore heads totally, but also opens the beatbox up to a wider audience. Oct 10, 2019 Full Review

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      Season Info

      One9, Erik Parker
      Executive Producer
      Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, Alex Gibney
      TV-14 (L|V)
      Documentary, Music
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Oct 13, 2019