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Watch A Sneak Peek Of VH1′s 4-Part Docu-Series The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop

Submitted by on February 13, 2014 – 10:17 amNo Comment

Who needs sun when the world’s got hip-hop?

In the new 4-part documentary series based on Steve Stoute’s best-selling book, The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy, VH1 examines how hip hop let the sun shine, enlightening the realms of music, film, television, fashion, business, race relations, and politics and eventually paved the way for the election of Barack Obama.

According to the press release, “VH1′s provides a visual history of the hip-hopification of America—what Stoute calls “tanning”—from The Jeffersons to the Fresh Prince; from Do the Right Thing to 8 Mile; from the streets of Compton to Madison Ave; from block parties to the Hamptons; and from rappers to entrepreneurs to icons. The series unfolds in 4 one-hour episodes that together explore history’s pivotal tanning moments from the 1970s to present day, and show how hip-hop is deeply woven into the American cultural fabric. It’s the history of hip-hop remixed: an epic journey that begins in the Bronx and travels all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

Titled The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop, the documentary is helmed by acclaimed filmmakers Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman (Cocaine Cowboys, Broke, The U), produced by Rakontur, and directed by Corben.

“Through engaging and intimate first person stories, Tanning takes viewers where they’ve never been before: inside a steamy Madison Square Garden, when Russell Simmons cut a deal with Adidas sneakers during a Run DMC concert…inside the Harvard dorm room where two white Jewish kids decide to start The Source magazine…inside the car of fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger, as he drives through the streets of Harlem finding inspiration in baggy jeans…to the streets of Paris as Diddy takes over Europe for a Vogue fashion shoot…to a New York music studio where Mariah Carey collaborates with O.D.B, forever fusing pop and hip hop; and with Dr Dre as he first hears a rapper who calls himself Eminem.”

The documentary features a slew of interview from A-lists stars including Al Sharpton, Dr. Dre, Will.i.am, Russell Simmons, Pharrell, Nas, Reverend Run, Rick Rubin, Fab 5 Freddy, Jimmy Iovine, Al Sharpton, Cory Booker, Brett Ratner, Brian Grazer, Tommy Hilfiger, Ron Howard, Steve Stoute, and many more.

Check out the the trailer for The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop below. Will you tune in when the doc premieres on February 24 on VH1?

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