This December, Showtime will kick off “Hip Hop 50,” its multiyear, cross-platform programming initiative celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop in collaboration with leisure firm Mass Attraction, with the premiere of three documentaries celebrating the storied historical past of the music style.
Directed by Emmy and Grammy Award-winning music legend and Mass Attraction companion Nasir “Nas” Jones, Video Music Field will premiere Friday, December 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Ricky Powell: The Individualist, directed by Josh Swade, will premiere Friday, December 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. and Rolling Like Thunder, directed by Roger Gastman, will premiere Friday, December 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Hip Hop 50 will proceed to run over the subsequent three years and can embody unscripted sequence and options, podcasts, and digital shorts by and about among the foremost names within the style, culminating with the 50th anniversary of the style in 2023. The initiative is pushed by Nas and Mass Attraction Chief Artistic Officer and Emmy-nominated companion Sacha Jenkins (Wu Tang Clan: Of Mics And Males, Bitchin: The Sound And Fury Of Rick James
Video Music Field chronicles the longest-running music video present on the earth, Video Music Field, launched and hosted in New York Metropolis by visionary DJ and MC Ralph McDaniels. Since its debut in 1983, Video Music Field has remained a Hip Hop mainstay, with McDaniels (or “Uncle Ralph,” as he’s identified to legions of followers) serving as a number one Hip Hop influencer, tastemaker, and documentarian, showcasing and debuting Hip Hop movies and introducing viewers to future stars like Nas, Jay Z, LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj, and Fats Joe lengthy earlier than they had been icons of the style. With 4 a long time of never-before-seen footage from McDaniel’s packed vault, the movie spotlights the sequence’ world affect on Hip Hop, alongside together with his skilled and private triumphs. Video Music Field is produced by Mass Attraction for Showtime.
Ricky Powell: The Individualist tells the against-all-odds-story of New York Metropolis photographer Ricky Powell, who rose to worldwide fame whereas capturing one of many wildest, most electrical occasions in fashionable tradition. From the Beastie Boys to Run DMC to Madonna to Warhol and Basquiat, Powell documented the music, vogue, and artwork scenes of the Eighties and ’90s in downtown New York. Powell grew to become often called “The Rickster” – a person who wasn’t simply masking the scene, he was the scene. Ricky Powell: The Individualist is directed by Josh Swade and produced by TIME Studios and SWADE Movies.
Rolling Like Thunder plunges into the key underground world and historical past of freight prepare and graffiti tradition, uncovering tales of myth-like artists, exceptional romances, aggressive graffiti crews, and battles with the establishment. As avenue artwork’s widespread integration bursts into the mainstream vibrancy through posters, books, and high-end galleries, the movie takes viewers again to the origin of the artwork, in certainly one of its most excessive and dangerous types. The movie explores the prepare graffiti subculture from turn-of-the-century markings to modern-day masterpieces, endlessly linking the artwork kind with America’s panorama. Rolling Like Thunder reveals the nameless outlaws of freight writing who put life and limb on the road for an obsession to share their voice by means of their paintings. The movie is directed by Roger Gastman and produced by Mass Attraction for Showtime.