Planet Rock: The Story of Hiphop and the Crack Generation

Narrated and produced by Ice-T, Planet Rock: The story of Hiphop and the crack generation is the 1st documentary to focus on an era that connected the phenomenon of Hiphop Culture in the 80s and the birth of crack cocaine. The film demonstrates how both Hiphop Culture and crack changed America culturally, socially and politically while exploring how media lies, racism and politicians produced policies and laws that has left us with the largest prison population in the world.

Hiphop MCs like Snoop Dog, B-Real, Wu-Tang’s own The RZA and Raekwon reflect on their past as crack dealers in their late teens/early 20s. Crack became their escape but it also paved the way for their rap careers. More than any art form, Hiphop was a way to tell their own stories. After a jail sting, Snoop Dogg got out of the crack game to become one of the most famous rappers of the 90s. B-Real went straight and team up with his neighborhood homies to create Cyphers Hill. The RZA went on to utilize the crack business model and applied it to Wu-Tang’s rights to superstardom in the mid/late 90s.┬áKeith Hearing’s 1986 Crack is Wack mural still stands today in New York City.

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All in all, this is an incredible documentary on how Hiphop was not all about peace love unity and having fun. Once crack hit the streets, everything changed and Hiphop was there to fight back.

Hiphop artist uniting against crack

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