Russell Simmons, who was just the subject of a short Mass Appeal documentary, will produce an upcoming hip-hop documentary series called The Definitive History of Hip-Hop.
The documentary will begin with hip-hop’s underground roots in the ’70s, going in detail of the genre’s growth to its importance in American culture over 40 years later.
“With the breakout success of entertainment properties like Straight Outta Compton and Moonlight in film, Empire and Atlanta in television, even Hamilton on Broadway, there could not be a better time to tell this story about the embryonic days of hip hop,” All Def Media CEO Sanjay Sharma told Deadline, who revealed Simmons’ media company’s plans.
Simmons went into more detail of what the project will cover.
“Hip hop began in the Bronx and Queens and was fueled by pioneering new artists with an incredible hunger to express themselves in unimaginably bold new ways. The Definitive History of Hip Hop is the untold story of the birth of this art form. The series gets behind the scenes of what drove the beats, the rhymes, the ideas — and the people — that so powerfully hit a chord with all of youth culture in America and around the world.”
There’s no clear time frame when The Definitive History of Hip Hop will arrive, though production on the project will begin later this year.