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Parents' Guide to

Hip Hop Uncovered

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Ambitious music docu features violence, drugs, gangs.

TV FX Educational 2021
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Many music documentaries simply intend to market the artists they cover, even if they promise controversy or salacious stories about their personal lives. Hip Hop Uncovered definitely wants to give its lesser-known subjects a PR bump as well, but it also has higher ambitions. Intertwined with the biographies of the five entrepreneurs are a history of hip hop music itself, an overview of Black American history of the past 50 years, and some local histories of New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles. The series dives into the relationship between American government policy and poverty in Black communities, and the effect that those two forces have on street gangs and drug running. In this way, Hip Hop Uncovered uses this globally popular music as a springboard to dig into more complex issues, much in the way that hip hop itself does.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: February 12, 2021
  • Network: FX
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: October 14, 2022

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