Go beyond the beats of Hip-hop with this special collection of videos and web-exclusive features from trusted producers and PBS member stations.  Each of the features below is a window into a documentary or program about the history and influence Hip-Hop. The features will connect you directly to the website of a PBS partner where it can be viewed in full or allow you to watch a preview directly in the collection below. Get started now! Explore Hip-Hop with PBS.

The Early Decades of Hip hop

The Early Decades of Hip hop

Explore the birthplace of hip-hop and how its evolved over the decades.

40  Years of Beats and Rhymes

40 Years of Beats and Rhymes

Celebrate Hip-Hop's 40th Birthday with PBS.

Pioneering Hip Hop poet J. Ivy is a Chicago original and inspired by Martin L. King Jr. From WTTW.
Hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco

Hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco tells Tavis how he sneaks difficult, social subject matter into his music.

Somali-born Hip Hop star K'NAAN

Somali-born Hip Hop star K'NAAN

K'NAAN shares his life story - from war-torn Somalia to his hit 'Wavin' Flag.'

An intimate set of passion, fury, and love from the gifted F. Stokes.
Studio 12 in Colorado takes a look at the Hip Hop culture's influence on American society and globally in music, language, clothing and entertainment.
Hip Hop and Islam

Hip Hop and Islam

Many Americans are not aware of the commingling of Islamic and American popular culture.

The videos and features above are from PBS documentaries and productions by Independent Lens (Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes), POV (New Muslim Cool), Tavis Smiley, WTTW, Wisconsin Public Television and Colorado Public Television's Studio 12

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Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing: Hip Hop

Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing: Hip Hop

Doughboy the Midwest Maestro and DJ Kool Rod mash up the black national anthem hip-hop style. From JUNETEENTH JAMBOREE and KLRU-TV.

More videos & features on Hip hop: 

 T.I.JayZ and Mary J, Rap Artist Heavy D, Interviews from Tavis Smiley

Hip Hop Artist MOsley WOtta, OPB

Rapping in Philly, Public Media Commons 


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